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

Area 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

Area Coordinator, Ballard. 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:

CYT Teacher Seattle

A CYT Teacher’s mission is to train and instruct students in such a way as to promote the development of character, self-esteem, and confidence. CYT teachers are qualified and experienced in the area in which they teach. They have been trained in the CYT methods of instruction and agree with the CYT values and outcome goals. All CYT teachers have been background checked and adhere to our CYT Mission and Values. Our teachers truly care about their students and provide a constructive and fun environment for them to learn.

Jeff Rocco

Rebekah Palmer

Rebekah is a preschool teacher with a passion for The Arts! She loves to act and choreograph. Rebekah has been in several High School productions including Emma and Midsummer's Night Dream; a production in college, and she was in her friend's play 2 years ago. Rebekah loves to choreograph and act out songs through motions and sign language. Rebekah has choreographed and directed her previous church's Living Nativity for many years. Rebekah is so excited to teach her third class at CYT. Looking forward to meeting the families and helping your children grow in their talent for God!

Samantha Baas

We were previously part of CYT-San Antonio. I worked on props for the shows my girls were in.

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
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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