Current Staff Members:

Carol Engelhardt

Executive Managing Director — Carol found CYT in 2008, when her oldest of four children went to CYT summer camp and then auditioned for his first show. She, along with husband Stephen and all four children, continue to call CYT their family. Carol enjoyed mentoring children as backstage chair and camp coordinator as well as meeting parents as house chair prior to joining executive leadership. She is thankful for the opportunity to use her financial and management experience to serve the CYT community that has positively affected her family. Her prayer is that the families she serves will be better equipped ‘to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God.’ (Micah 6:8)

Matthew Madigan

Executive Artistic Director — When CYT Chicago began, Matt found a place to sing and perform with friends in the very first tour group, Disney Spectacular. After years as a student, teacher, and director in CYT Matt moved on and worked in Higher Education, completed his Masters degree, got married and started a family. Now, he is thrilled to be back in CYT Chicago as Artistic Director! “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” Colossians 3:23

Elle Şahin

Production Director — Elle attended Belmont University in Nashville, TN as a musical theater major with a dance minor. She spent several years working in the Country and Christian Music Industry in Nashville as a voice over artist and session singer. She also was a featured soloist with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and a lead singer in the band, Jellesse. In 2006, she moved back to Chicago to be closer to family and began dancing and competing professionally with Fred Astaire Dance Studio. Soon after, she began teaching for CYT Chicago as Lake County's Project Dance Coach and quickly became fully immersed in the CYT community. After joining the office staff in 2013, Elle has enjoyed offering her expertise in several different facets of the company and is happy to be serving as Artistic Director overseeing productions and creative resources for classes and camps. In her free time, you can catch Elle coaching Project Dance and Project Voice in Lake County and choreographing shows in several different chapters. What a blessing it is to serve the Lord through song and dance.

Melissa Gorr

Education Manager

Alec Kinastowski

Technical Manager - Alec is thrilled to continue the collaboration with CYT Chicago. He has been immersed in the technical entertainment industry for over fifteen years and obtained a BFA in lighting design from The Theatre School at DePaul University. Since then, he has refined his aesthetic through lighting, sound, and scenic design endeavors for a countless number of productions and theatre companies all over Chicagoland including The Metropolis, Big Deal Production, The Devonshire Playhouse, Bravo, Wishing Star, Highland Park Players, St. James Productions, Schaumburg On Stage and many more. Alec is also the owner of Kinasthetics, Inc., a supplier of lighting and audio products, services, and installations for all facets of the entertainment industry with a portfolio all of its own.

Cindy Yach