CYT Waco

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1209
Hewitt, TX 76643

Phone: 254-340-0084

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Current Staff Members:

Stephanie Gerath - Artistic Director

Stephanie Gerath is the Artistic Director for CYT Waco. She has worked in both public and private educational settings for the last 8 years. She is very excited to bring her knowledge of Theater and 18+ years of experience to CYT! Her theatre experience includes her most recent stage appearances in "Les Miserables", "Zombie Prom", "42nd Street", and "Bye Bye Birdie". She has also directed and designed many of CYT Waco's shows including "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown", "Seussical Jr" and most recently "Into the Woods Jr." She loves the technical side of theatre and has worked hard to build skills in costuming, set design, and stage makeup. Stephanie feels incredibly blessed to be on this amazing adventure with CYT.


Carol Olson - Managing Director

Carol grew up in Abingdon, Virginia where she loved "making a joyful noise" in various church and school choirs. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Human Service/ Counseling from Liberty University in 1991. While being a stay-at-home/homeschooling Mom, Carol has volunteered in various roles with the Children's Choir programs at her church starting in Cookeville, Tennessee, and continuing after moving to Johnson City, Tennessee where she served as the Children's Choir Coordinator for Tri-Cities Baptist Church. Her family moved to Waco in 2016, and she and her daughter, Natalie, were excited to discover CYT Waco and find their theater family. Their first CYT Waco production was Rapunzel where Carol served on the Costume Committee. She continued with costumes, leading the committee for both Alice and Seussical. Carol is looking forward to working with the parents and leadership of CYT Waco to make every production the best that it can be to give a praise offering to our God who provides all the talents - both on-stage and behind the scenes.


Angie Lankford - Show Coordinator

Angie was born and raised in the Waco area. She graduated from Midway High School and has been married to her husband, Tracy, for 30 years. They have 3 children ranging in age from 27 to 17. She was introduced to CYT several years ago when Brooklyn saw The Wizard of Oz and then decided to audition for her first show, Rapunzel. Angie served on the Prop Committee for that first show and has been the Prop Committee Chair for many shows since. Being part of the CYT family has inspired her to want to join the CYT Staff in providing a fun and loving environment to explore the gifts that God has given to each of us.


Cara Key - Class Coordinator

Cara grew up in Dallas and Kerrville, Texas, where she was blessed to attend high quality community and school theater productions, stoking her love of theater. She and her husband Micah have been married 22 years, 17 of which were spent raising their family in the Middle East. Cara has a degree in Elementary Education from Baylor, which she’s put to use in part homeschooling her six kids while they lived overseas. Having heard about CYT Waco from its beginning through friends, Cara’s daughter, Magdalyn jumped in with both feet with the fall show in 2016 and has been in every show (and camp!) since. Cara is on staff at Antioch Community Church as the Preschool and Special Needs Pastor. Given the way CYT has truly become family to the Keys, Cara is excited to serve the family by making sure classes run smoothly.


Information on CYT Waco's Board of Directors and how to "Get on Board".