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FORMERLY CYT INDY

WHO WE ARE
The Point Theater (formerly CYT) Indianapolis is a non-profit 501(c)3 educational organization prioritizing building character and creating a safe, happy place for its students. Audience members come to see children's theater but leave seeing a professional level performance that's unlike anything else offered in the area.

MISSION STATEMENT

To cultivate a safe and inclusive community where students can authentically express themselves, fostering personal growth, achievement, and artistic education within a backdrop of mutual respect, support, and crazy cool amusement. Oh, and we deliver jaw-droppingly amazing theatrical performances.

VALUES
THE POINT OF THE POINT: We point at the end of every performance to give credit to God. Our organization is proudly faith-based and non-discriminatory. We welcome and currently serve students of all beliefs and backgrounds. “Crowns for Jesus, sing for the King.”

COMMUNITY: Community is everything. Our students, families, staff and volunteers offer a supportive, caring environment. This is the number one reason for our success.

APPRECIATION OF OUR FAMILIES: We value our students, employees, and volunteers, strive to promote their professional growth, and cherish the place we all hold within the history of this treasured organization.

A LOVE OF THE ARTS: We affirm the importance and impact of the arts and the courage of artists, through performance, education, outreach, and partnership.

EQUITY: We are committed to advancing inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility for all. We meet you where you are.

THE VALUE OF ARTS EDUCATION: Arts education is critical to academic success, helps build confidence, empathy, and social connectivity, and should be available to all children and youth regardless of income or background. No student is ever turned away from The Point due to financial need.

EXCELLENCE: We strive for exemplary quality in everything we do and endeavor to create a positive, joyful, seamless experience for artists, patrons, and students.
STATEMENT OF INCLUSION

The Point Theater does not and shall not discriminate. This includes, but is not limited to, discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and educational offerings. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students and their families, volunteers, contractors, and vendors.

Hate speech--any form of communication that attacks, threatens, degrades or insults a person or group based on their race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation or gender variance--has a harmful impact on our community and will not be tolerated.

The safety of The Point students, staff, and community is our highest priority, and we have several protocols in place to ensure this safety. Our staff and contractors are instructed to report every incident/suspicion, no matter how minor it may be.

The Point Theater is constantly exploring, evaluating and strengthening our protocols, and we will continue to work tirelessly to protect our students and families against harassment and discrimination.

OUR PEOPLE

ABOUT_Laura

LAURA BALTZ - Founder & Artistic Director
laura@thepointtheater.org

Laura loves all things theater, having first debuted on the stage at the age of three in The Sound of Music. Since then, she’s been in dozens of shows and directed almost as many. Aside from her family, The Point Theater students are her favorite people in the world, and The Point is her happy place. When she’s not humming show tunes and harassing theater kids, Laura can be found fundraising for JDRF Indiana/Kentucky.

ABOUT_Kim

KIM DRAKE - Managing Director
kim@thepointtheater.org

Kim was introduced to theater in 2017 through her daughter's participation. She fell in love with the family style community that she experienced at The Point, and was so grateful when she was asked to be a part of the team! In her spare time Kim loves to spend time with her family (doing whatever), volunteer at church, and of course watch the incredible Point shows!

ABOUT_Jessalyn

JESSALYN LARSEN - Show/Production Coordinator
jessalyn@thepointtheater.org

Jessalyn has been directing High School Theater shows for Tri-West High School since 2014. She loves everything about theater, especially what theater can do to build a kid's confidence. Jessalyn joined the point to pursue her love of theater as a career. When she's not coordinating shows for The Point, she's an active artist, working in mediums from acrylic paint to cake and buttercream. Jessalyn's greatest loves are her husband and two young sons.

ABOUT_Amelia

AMELIA RINGER - Show/Production Coordinator
amelia@thepointtheater.org

Amelia has been involved in theatre since she was 10 years old and graduated from Ball State in May of 2022 with a degree in Stage Management. She occasionally works at Conner Prairie for events and also works in Muncie as a stagehand for touring shows. In her spare time she enjoys playing the Sims and going down Wikipedia rabbit holes. She is excited to join the team at the Point and help kids find a home in theatre just as she has!

ABOUT_Lindsay

LINDSAY TRUE - Ticket Coordinator
lindsay@thepointtheater.org

Lindsay started as the Ticket Coordinator in October as her daughter has shown interest in theater and performed in her first show, Into the Woods, Jr.  Lindsay works full-time for Indiana University, but is looking forward to becoming part of the Point Theater family.  She enjoys hanging out with her husband and two girls and reading in her spare time.

ABOUT_Sara

SARA MUSICK - Graphic Design
sara@thepointtheater.org

Sara started as a costumer in 2018 while her daughters embraced their first theater experience. Since then, she has costumed more shows and was asked to expand her talents as the graphic designer for The Point Theater. In between print and social media work, Sara costumes for community theaters, coaches girls volleyball, and spends time with her amazing husband and three daughters.

ABOUT_Laura

LAURA BALTZ - Founder & Artistic Director
laura@thepointtheater.org

Laura loves all things theater, having first debuted on the stage at the age of three in The Sound of Music. Since then, she’s been in dozens of shows and directed almost as many. Aside from her family, The Point Theater students are her favorite people in the world, and The Point is her happy place. When she’s not humming show tunes and harassing theater kids, Laura can be found fundraising for Girl Scouts of Central Indiana.

ABOUT_Amy

AMY BARNES - Ticket Coordinator
amy@thepointtheater.org

Amy is thrilled to join The Point Theater staff as production/ticket coordinator after being a CYT parent for the last 4 years. She loves The Point and the expanded family it has given her. Amy enjoys spending time with family, her dogs and looks forward to working with everyone to help make sure the show goes on!

ABOUT_Grace

GRACE KUBEK - Show/Production Coordinator
grace@thepointtheater.org

Grace started theater when she was 9 years old and is so excited to join The Point Theater Staff for the summer! She has met so many amazing people and had so many amazing experiences at The Point and is so happy to be back! In her spare time she loves reading, crocheting, sewing, and spending time with her friends and family.

ABOUT_Stef

STEFANIE KNICKREHM - Show Coordinator
stefanie@thepointtheater.org

The Point Theater is one of Stefanie's favorite things in the world. She joined us in the spring of 2018, after several years as a CYT parent. Her current role is Show/Class Coordinator. In her spare time she loves reading, doing puzzles, watching way too much TV, and spending time with her two daughters. The Point has been such a blessing in her life and she loves spending time with all of the families and staff.