Current Staff Members:

Amber Burns

Managing Director. Amber brings many years of experience in HR and Business Administration to the CYT Seattle team. After obtaining her Bachelor's Degree in Human Development from Cal State University, Long Beach, Amber worked extensively in the private sector. Most recently she served as an executive administrator facilitating treatment and behavioural services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. In addition to her work as CYT Managing Director, Amber also works as an Independent Sales Consultant for Arbonne International. However, she finds her work as mother to two delicious toddlers (Emma, 4, and Brody, 2) and wife to Brandon, the most rewarding of all.

Jeff Rocco

Artistic Director. My journey with CYT began as a student when I was 16 years old and I was cast as the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz. After that experience I taught classes, directed shows and eventually served as Artistic Director for CYT North Idaho. I have spent time on, off and all around the stage in theaters from Spokane to New York City. My most recent gig has been running a summer camp in New York with 700 campers experiencing our summer program. All that being said, I am looking forward to helping CYT become an important and exciting part of the Seattle (and all of it's surrounding) community and watching it grow into an organization that serves youth and their families in service to our Lord. If you have any questions, concerns or just want to chat, please do not hesitate to contact me, I am always available via email and we can definitely find a good time for a phone call.

Samantha Baas

Chapter Coordinator:South. Born and raised in Texas, Samantha moved with her family to Washington in the summer of 2015. She has a Bachelor's degree in elementary education and a Master's in curriculum and instruction. Both degrees were completed at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX: Eat 'em up cats! She spent 18 years as an elementary teacher in Texas teaching grades, first, second, and fourth. Her last 7 years were spent providing intervention services for grades K-5. With God's guidance, her oldest daughter Reagan tried a summer theater camp with a group called Christian Youth Theater. 8 shows, 5 camps, and numerous classes later, it was the start of a whole new family. Along the way, her youngest daughter Lauren joined CYT as well. It was a sad day when the Baas family had to say goodbye to their CYT San Antonio family. But where one door is closed, another is opened and God brought a CYT affiliate to Seattle. Samantha is so excited to take on a leadership role with CYT Seattle and prays for guidance in this new position. She looks forward to continue the growth of CYT Seattle.

Sarah Viers

Chapter Coordinator, Kirkland. Sarah attended Seattle Pacific University where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in K-12 Education and Language Arts. She taught elementary school for 6 years in Bellevue and then K-12 at Chrysalis School in Woodinville for 7 years. While teaching, Sarah also became National Board Certified. Currently, she is a stay at home mom, helping her 3 kids and extended family wherever she can! She grew up singing and participating in church related drama productions! She is thrilled to help out wherever CYT Seattle needs her!

Current Teachers:

Emily Shuel

I grew up performing in choirs and skits at church and school, which I loved, but after I was in my first play at age 11 (playing Anne in “Anne of Green Gables”), I was hooked! After graduating with a drama degree from the University of Washington, I began teaching as well as acting. I’ve taught with Taproot Theatre, Village Theatre, Stone Soup Theatre, Shoreline Public Schools, and now CYT! I also continue to work professionally in the area, both on stage and screen. I joined Taproot Theatre’s touring improv team in 2011, and became the Associate Director of Improv last year. This winter, I will be understudying roles at ACT Theatre for their annual production of A Christmas Carol.

Jeff Rocco

Jeff's journey with CYT began as a student when he was 16 years old and was cast as the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz. After that experience he taught classes, directed shows and eventually served as Artistic Director for CYT North Idaho. Jeff have spent time on, off and all around the stage in theaters from Spokane to New York City. Some of his favorite roles include Patrick in Mame, Tom Sawyer in Big River and Genie in Aladdin.

Kelly Schuttler

Kelly Schuttler has been involved in children's theater since 2nd grade when her family said "Lets invite the neighborhood kids and put on a play in our barn." Kelly studied Musical Theater at Nebraska Wesleyan University and since that time has directed children's musical theater camps, as well as multi-generational mainstage plays and musicals. Kelly loves seeing people grow in confidence and connection to others while having fun and experiencing life through stories told on the stage. Thanks to God for being the Author of the stories.

Tarri Williams

Tarri Williams has worked in theatre for over 30 years as an actress, stage director, music director, and even backstage crew. She spent 4 ½ years traveling full time with The Covenant Players, a Christian reparatory theatre ministry, in the late 80’s and early 90’s. She then worked with a local Christian Community Theatre, Seattle Performing Arts Fellowship, through the 90’s and early 2000’s. A few of her favorite roles include Maria in The Sound of Music, The Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz, and Truvy in Steele Magnolias. She is pleased to now be a part of the CYT Seattle family, especially since it gives her the opportunity to share her love of the theatre with her daughters.

CYT Seattle Board of Directors

Current Board Members:
Justin Baas
Erin Creighton
Bliss Lanier
Summer Neilson Moshy
Dan Schuttler

Advisors to the Board:
Sean Donahoe

Summer Neilson Moshy
Michele Tozier

Interested in serving on our board? Email us at

CYT Seattle

Mailing Address:
PO Box 70409
Seattle, WA 98127

Phone: (253) 458-4301

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