“I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. It might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.”

John Steinbeck

Teaching Artists

Teaching is the greatest gift we can give to the world, it prepares the future and it secures the past.
If you have a passion to teach Theater Arts, and to be a part of producing great works of art, we want to meet you. We are looking for Teaching Artists who are interested in Improv, Dance, Vocals, Acting techniques, Writing, and Technical theater too.
Dramatic Arts education is an important means of stimulating creativity in problem solving and prepare the for higher learning by developing skills in public speaking, and organizational project based skill development.


At CYT Tri-Valley we are seeking the inspired and the excellent. If you love what you do, and have a passion for Musical Theater, we want to meet you.
"A choreographer can explain things conceived in the mind, by the gestures and motions of the body. To a sensitive eye s/he will add a sensitive ear and exceptional feeling for music. He will have the gift of leadership, the ability to inspire other dancers."-R.Malazarte



Casting a great vision is the first job of a CYT Show Director. Suported by the Artistic Director and responsible for the clear delegation of design and process, the Director must set up the Production team for success. The Director's vision shapes everything, from the look and feel of a production, to the way the parents and cast feel at the end of the run.

Musical Director

The entire sense of sound is the responsibility of our Music Director, who is to supervises all musical aspects of the production. Sensitivity includes some or all of these responsibilities; conducting the band/orchestra, coaching vocalists and choirs, deciding on song arrangements, finding sound effects, creating ambience with music, creating and distributing practice tracks. Our Music Director creates an overall sense of immersion with music and sound.

Current Staff Members:

Kristin (KW) Baer-Werder

Artistic Director

Kristin Baer-Werder (KW) earned her BFA from the Actor Training Conservatory at UC Santa Barbara and her MFA in Acting from the Mason Gross School of the Arts. She is a proud member of AFTRA/SAG and AEA. KW worked in television and major motion pictures, but most enjoyed her work in regional theatres across the country. Favorite roles include Rosalind in As You Like It, Dorine in Tartuffe, and Miss Hyde in Dr. Jekyll and Miss Hyde. KW worked for six+ years with San Francisco Shakespeare Festival as the Props Designer and Backstage Manager and was proud to open the Firehouse Theatre. KW was on the steering committee and a founding member of CYT Tri-Valley, where she also taught classes, worked backstage and directed Junie B. Jones, Into the Woods, Jr, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. KW lives in Pleasanton with her husband and son (her daughter is an actress in Utah) and one unreasonably fat dog.

Talia Fallis

Managing Director

Talia Fallis has been performing her entire life. She trained in various styles of performance dance including musical theater, jazz, tap, hip-hop, lyrical, Scottish country dance, and Irish Ceili dance. But her one true passion lies in ballet. In recent years, she has been performing with various professional ballet companies in the greater Bay Area. She has been teaching ballet to children and adults of all ages for the past ten years, and currently co-owns and runs, with her sister, Vineyard Ballet Academy in Pleasanton. She also recently founded her own ballet performance group, Pleasanton's first and only professional ballet company, Ballet Roots Dance Company.

Sarah Yendrey

Chapter Coordinator

Sarah Yendrey is a native born Livermore girl. She is married to Joseph and has 4 kids ages 12-17. She was involved in drama and dance from a young age and loves all things CYT. She is personable and friendly and can’t wait to help serve the families of CYT Tri-Valley.

Barbara Cady

HYPE Advisor

Loving to sing and dance, Barbara, affectionately known as Rapper KD within CYT, participated in ballet, jazz, clogging and choirs growing up. She has sung at weddings, in church choirs, and on worship teams over the past 30 years. Currently, Rapper KD sings locally with Chorus Eclectic in the Tri-Valley area. Prior to raising and homeschooling her three kids, she was a Marriage and Family Therapist, working specifically with children and their families. One of her favorite parts of CYT is being the HYPE advisor to an extraordinary group of teen leaders.

CYT Tri-Valley

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1586
Pleasanton, CA 94566

Phone: (925) 421-1351

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