Staff and GCYT Board Members



John has been teaching, directing and performing in Rochester since he moved here in 1996.

John devotes his time to many theatre and dance groups. He is a regular performer with Out of the Box Improv, and Joey and Maria's Comedy Wedding with Great Lakes Productions, where he is also their director. John has been featured in productions performing in Montreal, Milwaukee, Las Vegas and New York City. He has also recently relaunched "The Happy Pirates!"

During the day John is an instructor of Computer Science and Acting at St. John Fisher College.

John's greatest joy is working with children in theatre. He owns his own studio, Spotlight Studios in Fairport and can be found directing school productions and workshops all over Monroe and Wayne counties!

John has been directing with GCYT since Aladdin in 2005 and he has loved every minute of it! John dedicates all his work to his parents who are forever an inspiration to him, especially his mom who never missed a show John was in.

Thanks KZB and MKB!



Kaitlyn has loved every minute of these past twelve seasons at GCYT! Kaitlyn first stepped foot on stage in sixth grade and hasn’t left! She can be seen all over the Rochester Area choreographing, directing, stage-managing, technical operating, costuming and performing!

Kaitlyn holds a Bachelor’s degree in Arts for Children and has loved teaching students of all ages to sing, act and dance! Groups she works with are: Spotlight Theater Arts, Great Lakes Production, Gananda Middle School, Wayne Middle School, Victor Middle School, Victor Parks and Rec, Webster Parks and Rec, Brighton Summer Theater and here at Gananda Community Youth Theater.

She can also be seen getting married regularly with “Joey and Maria’s Comedy Wedding” and making people laugh with Out of the Box Improv. She is also excited to be married to one of the newest Happy Pirates!

Kaitlyn would like to thank John and Madison for being her brightest stars!

GCYT Board Members

  • President

Stephanie Rothwell (Molly B. is in training to take over in 2020)

  • Secretary

Aimee Campbell (Sara M. will be in training to take over in 2021)

  • Treasurer

Beth Paull

  • Sets (Building)

Chris VanAntwerp

  • Sets (Painting)

AnnMarie Priestley

  • Photography

Yelena Keeney

  • Guest Experience
    • Tickets/Dedications

Jodi Hyland-Haak

    • Concessions/Sponsorships

Karen Buss

    • Cast Party/T-shirts

Sara Mason

  • Costumes

Rebecca Lathrop

  • Technology (lights and sound)

Dale Budziszewski