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Emma Burnett

Emma currently attends Friends University and is pursuing degrees in Theatre Education and Elementary Education. She has associate degrees from Butler Community College in Technical Theatre and Secondary Education. She has appeared on stage with CYT, Butler and Friends University. Her experience includes all aspects of the production process on stage and behind the scenes.  Emma has a huge passion not only for theatre but for teaching in general and is very excited to share her joy and knowledge to those who love theatre as well and to those who are just starting to experience the art of theatre!  

Emily Crow

Emily is a CYT alumni who graduated from Tabor College majoring in Education and English and minoring in Theatre and ESOL. She has worked as a choreographer at Newton High School and at Tabor College. Emily has also served the roles of assistant director, stage manager, and make-up designer during her time at Tabor. Emily was in the Butler Ladies Show choir at Butler Community College. She is currently an English teacher at Jardine Middle School. In her free time she also works for Happily Ever After Parties and writes scripts and poems. Emily has a passion for helping students to grow their talents and promote the excitement that comes with learning something new. Emily's first class at CPT was a specialty stage make up class and she looks forward to teaching in the future.   

Kaili Doeden

Kaili Doeden has been teaching with CPT (formerly CYT Wichita) since 2016. She began dancing at the age of three and has always loved performing and choreography. Kaili studied at Butler Community College and was a member of the A Cappella group there. In 2018, she married Kyle Doeden and in March of 2020 gave birth to their daughter Nora. Kaili adores working with the children and feels immensely blessed and grateful to God for the opportunity to do His work in this organization!

Vance Doeden

Vance is super excited to teach for us this session! Previously he has been able to participate with CP Theatre as a student, cast member, intern choreographer, and class teacher. Currently, Vance teaches at Paquita Dance Center, teaching Boy's Dance and Partnering.


Claire Holden

Claire is friendly, enthusiastic and empathetic and can almost always be found adventuring around Wichita with her two young daughters whom she is blessed to care for at home. She enjoys singing and acting and was part of show choir and theater in her hometown of Pendleton, Indiana as she was growing up. She was part of both musicals and plays, her favorites including Cinderella and Blithe Spirit. Claire is an active member in her Church’s worship team and loves being part of a group striving toward the same goal, particularly when it centers around bringing glory to Jesus. She loves spending time with her husband and daughters watching movies, swimming and having dance parties in the living room. She is very much looking forward to being part of CPT and the vibrant community of talent and passion it comprises.

Jacob House

Jacob began his dance training at the age of ten in Tyler, Texas. Under the tutelage of various instructors throughout his career, Jacob was exposed to classical ballet, contemporary jazz, modern and tap. After graduating from high school, Jacob sensed a calling on his life to use the artistic expression of dance for the glory of God. In 1997, Jacob moved to Jackson, Mississippi to join Ballet Magnificat! – America’s premier Christian ballet company. Jacob remained with Ballet Magnificat! until August 2000 when he and his wife, Traci, returned to Wichita so he could finish college and they could start a family. While completing his degree in Communication at Newman University, Jacob danced with the Friends University Dance Department where he performed several accomplished roles in various ballets. During this time, he also joined Music Theatre of Wichita for their 2002 summer season. In March 2003, Jacob officially “retired” from his professional dancing career. Jacob had the privilege of teaching dance for CYT Wichita from 2011 – 2017 and is thrilled to be back with Christian Performance Theatre. Jacob and Traci have been married for 21 years and have three children – Savannah, Isaac, and Mamie.

Erin Kirkland

Erin (Conry) Kirkland grew up in the Chicago suburbs and spent her high school years as a part of CYT Chicago, performing in many wonderful shows. She then set off to earn a Bachelor of Music Education from Benedictine College in Atchison, KS. Moving to Wichita after graduation, Erin quickly connected with Wichita's brand new Christian Youth Theater. Since then, she has been the music director for seven full productions, one enrollment show, and numerous summer camps. She has loved all the memories made with CYT Wichita and looks forward to making many more with Christian Performance Theatre!

Erin keeps busy teaching elementary music at All Saints Catholic School, participating in the music ministry at her church, and of course spending time with her husband, Bret.

Kim Klein

Kim fell in love with theatre in the fifth grade when she played ‘Becky’ in ‘Tom Sawyer’ for her English class production. It was definitely small beginning, but it had her hooked. She then began being involved in school productions, community theatres, and one of her favorites, ‘Shakespeare in the Park’. She entered WSU with her heart tugging her to a theatre major and maybe even New York when God decided to redirect her onto the path He had chosen, nursing. At first she was disappointed, but then she met her husband Tom when they had the same patient. They have been married now for 30 years and have 7 children. They gained two of the seven two summers ago when two of their children were married a week a part. Knowing her heart, God brought her back into theatre when her children were small in the area of directing. She started directing for church productions, and writing and performing for church related events. She then began directing in high school productions when her children followed her love of theatre. This led her happily to CYT, which is now of course Christian Performance Theatre or CP Theatre. She has directed 10 shows for CYT and loves how it is such a supportive environment where she has grown and developed right along with these gifted kids. She is so thankful to God for loving her and letting her be a part of a ministry she so delights in.

David Ladwig

David Ladwig is an independent artist working out of The Stew, LLC in Wichita KS. A deep passion of Christ that radiates into every area of his life drives David to create art that is both inspiring, and authentic. As a music producer, David has been releasing music for three years now. His most notable song, "Only Fools" recently reached just over half a million streams worldwide. With an Indie/Alternative Hip Hop style, each track he makes seamlessly meshes multiple genre inspirations to make truly original tracks.

Caleb Neu

Caleb is a singer, tap dancer, and actor. He really got my love for performing while doing theater with CYT (Christian Youth Theater). He also received the opportunity to teach some classes and intern for them and learned so much. He is now the drama director for "Kansas Home Educators". After graduation, he had the pleasure of going out to Los Angeles to IMTA (International Models and Talent Association) and learned how to compete, work, and grow in the entertainment industry. While there, he won several awards. Caleb feels blessed to be apart of CPT and to help others grow their  performance skills.

Gracie Owens

Gracie Allyn is a 20-year-old CYT alumni who has been dancing for 12 years. She’s choreographed 2 productions for Sunrise Christian Academy: Charlie Brown, Beauty and the Beast JR.   Gracie has also taught tap, hip hop and is excited to be the choreographer for the upcoming production, CP Theatre’s “Madagascar”!

Tucker Tasker

Tucker is thrilled to be teaching another Sign Language class with CP Theater! Tucker will be graduating Fall 2021 from Friends University with a Bachelors of Music Education. Tucker has a deep passion for experiencing the beauty of music and sharing in that joy of singing with others. He has been learning Sign Language since his freshman year of high school and has taught several songs in Sign Language over the years. Tucker's love for preparing a show and creating memories with friends has only grown with age. During his free time, Tucker enjoys playing video games on his computer and game consoles, and can often be found listening to musicals and classical music for hours on end.

Natalie Weixelman

Natalie is very excited to be teaching this session. She  currently dances at Paquita Dance Center, has a photography business and is a part time nanny. She has choreographed for our Kids Camp, taught Music Theater and Core Dance. Natalie grew up performing, starting at the very young age of 5 doing shows with Encompass the Arts. At 11 years old, she perfomed in her 1st of 17 CYT shows. And also performed with Stage Lights Theater in the summer. Natalie cheered with the Wichita Warriors for eleven years and continued coaching after graduation. Her passion is dancing and teaching people of all ages how to better themselves through the art of dance and the art of performance...all for the glory of God!