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Meet the MYT Staff

Carolyn Daniels   Program Director

Carolyn has been singing and acting since elementary school, taking various lessons in both Connecticut and California, to improve her craft. She has appeared in many shows, but credits her beginning experience to the San Jose Children's Musical Theatre. Her first director, John P. Healy, Jr. inspired her to be creative and make every part a big one. Hence the MYT motto: "It's not how big a part you get, it's how big you make the part you get."

Carolyn also credits her love of theatre to Barbara Murray and Amy Bauer at Santa Clara University, where she received her theatre degree, and Donna Egan, the founder of the Meriden Youth Theatre.  All three women shared their passion, talent, and secrets of doing a successful children's show with Carolyn.

Carolyn is the director of the Meriden YMCA Arts Academy.

You can contact Carolyn at cdaniels@meridenymca.org.

Joe Oblon   Director & Stage Manager

From auditions to backstage, Joe does a little bit of everything including directing, coordinating the CIT and Intern Programs, managing the set and tech for productions, and organizing the website and communications. Musical theater has been a core part of Joe’s life ever since he auditioned for his first musical in 4th grade. He has since been involved in over 100 musical theater productions and loves to sharing his love of theater with MYT students. As a graduate from the UConn Neag School of Education, "Mr. Oblon" teaches Integrated Science at Windsor High School. With MYT, Joe has directed 12 shows and was the musical director for MTC’s Legally Blonde Jr and Grease, organizing the first live band for an MYT production. In 2011, Joe the received of the Art Barber counselor of the year award at Mountain Mist. He enjoys challenging students to “raise the bar” and believes in MYT’s mission to help great kids become outstanding individuals.

You can contact Joe at joblon@meridenymca.org.

Lindsay Pytel   Director

Lindsay has been involved with MYT since she was eight years old. She has performed in over 10 MYT productions in addition to many others with Maloney High School, Berlin Youth Theater, and her church. Music has always played a major role in her life in singing, theater, and playing the flute.

In 2012 Lindsay became a CIT for MTC at Mountain Mist Day Camp and fell in love with the program. She has enjoys watching campers grow into fine actors over the years and the talent they possess at such a young age always leaves her speechless. As a staff member, Lindsay has found herself doing a little bit of everything. She has worked as assistant director for Grease, High School Musical , Peter Pan, The Jungle Book, and The Little Mermaid, was the deck manager of Cinderella, and has taken many photos of the productions, as seen on the MYT website and Facebook page. Lindsay graduated Maloney High School in 2014 and is now attending Quinnipiac University.

Sam Edinger   Assistant Director

While Sam has had a passion for theatre since a young age, she fully extended her theatrical experience in college, working on more experimental and original performances, directing multiple one acts, make-up design, and participating as an active member of A.P.O, a national honorary theater fraternity. It was not until her work as an assistant teacher at Montessori school that she realized how important she believed theatre to be for children. She is so grateful to be a staff member with MYT and believes working with youth in theatre to be not only a creative outlet, but a means of enrichment, developing a child’s confidence, conflict resolution skills, creative, solidarity, and the vital human spirit. On top of that - it’s a BLAST!

Kendra Henderson   Musical Director

Kendra performed in her first musical at the age of 9 and continued to be involved in community and school theater productions until she graduated from high school. Her love of music continued to grow when she started taking piano lessons and singing in her church choir as a 7th grader. She pursued her musical dreams in college and graduated with degrees in Voice and Education. Kendra works as the Music Director at Yalesville Methodist Church and teaches General Music and Chorus at Corpus Christi School in Wethersfield.  Additionally, Kendra has a private studio and teaches piano and voice lessons in Meriden. She was in the audience for MYT's first show, 'Annie Jr', and knew that her own children were going to be a part of MYT when they were old enough. That's exactly what happened and 10 years later she couldn't be happier about her role as Musical Director for MYT's 'The King and I', 'Grease' and 'Annie Jr'. Encouraging young actors to have confidence in themselves is her favorite part of working at MYT.

Zach Martowski

Since the age of 8, Zach has been involved in over 50 theatrical productions, including over 30 at MYT. His first production was with MYT in 1999 and he has been an active member ever since. Because of his nearly 16-year involvement, he has a strong attachment to this program as an important part of his life. He finds interest in working in nearly all aspects of a musical theatre production. Zach enjoys continually pushing actors past their boundaries through introductions to new theatre/dance styles and positive reinforcement. He also enjoys teaching actors what he has learned from several talented MYT mentors when he was their age. His expectations for dedication, a level of high standards, and a hard work ethic are lessons he hopes to teach actors to take beyond the rehearsal hall.

You can contact Zach at zmartowski@meridenymca.org.

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