Welcome to the 2020 CYT EXPO! The EXPO is an annual gathering for CYT students and leadership. This year's event will be held from June 24-27, 2020 in San Diego, CA. CYT Students (ages 12-18), CYT Leadership, and Spectators (for specific events only) are all invited to attend! The goal of EXPO is to equip, play, and connect with CYT Branches from across the country! Here you will find all the information you need for this year’s EXPO experience. Read it carefully as you prepare for your trip to San Diego! Please note, we will continue to add information on speakers, workshops, schedules, etc.

Do you have questions that aren't answered here? Contact renee@cyt.org

Event Details

When: June 24-27, 2020
Where: San Diego Mission Bay Resort
1775 East Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA 92109

Event Registration

Leadership and Students
Early Bird Price (through March 31): $250
Regular Price (begins April 1): $280
Spectator (no food included) 
Flat Rate: $75

Single Tickets (open to public)
40 Year Celebration Party: $40
Welcome Dinner: $12

EXPO T-shirt Pre-Order (only available through June 10!)
Flat Rate: $18 

Book Your Hotel Room


As of January 1, 2020, the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa is now known as: San Diego Mission Bay Resort! Use the link below (CYT discount code already applied) to book your rooms for your stay.

For travel assistance, please contact longtime CYT supporter, Joyce Dentt with Kahala Travel.

If you receive word that the room block is full, please contact renee@cyt.org


The General EXPO schedule will be posted by March 1st. Detailed schedules for the Leadership and Student tracks will be posted shortly thereafter.

Leaders at EXPO

The Leadership Track is for Artistic Directors, Managing Directors, Coordinators (Chapters, Shows, Classes, Camps, @school, etc.), Board Members, Teaching Artists, Artistic Team Members, HYPE Advisors, Improv Coaches, and any other critical staff. Check out what you'll be doing at EXPO!

Students at EXPO

All CYT students, ages 12-18, are invited to come to EXPO. There is a main STUDENT TRACK, as well as tracks designed for students who are also participating in HYPE or IMPROVATHON. Learn more about what you'll be doing at EXPO!

Spectators at EXPO

The EXPO Spectator Pass is great for parents, chaperones, or younger siblings of EXPO Attendees. Learn more about what you'll be doing at EXPO!

40 Year Celebration Party

2020 marks the 40th year of CYT! To celebrate this incredible milestone, we are throwing a 40s style party (40s dress encouraged!) with desserts, live music, dancing, a swing dance lesson or two, and more! The party is included in the full price Leadership and Student Passes, but single tickets can be purchased by Spectators, parents, and outside guests ages 8 and older.

40th Year EXPO Shirt

This year's limited edition EXPO t-shirt is also a celebration of CYT's 40th year, and you can only get it here! Shirts are presale only (will not be sold at EXPO) and can be picked up upon arrival at EXPO at the CYT Store table in the lobby. Don't be the only one not wearing one. Get your one of a kind shirt today! 

T-shirts can be purchased through the registration page and cost $18.

Expo is incredible. It makes me realize how blessed I am to be a part of this theater family and it makes me want to bring so many more people from home next year!

EXPO Attendee

Morning Devotions

Meet our Morning Devotional Speaker, Tyler Hutchinson!
Tyler is excited and passionate about God, CYT and all things theater! He has been blessed to travel the US, Canada, Australia and South Africa, leading worship, working with talent, performing and teaching.  Tyler began his professional career as a talent scout and coach with Actors, Models and Talent for Christ (AMTC). While working with AMTC he began working with After Eden Pictures as a producer for events. He has also served as Art Director for the feature film, Color Me You. While working, he continued performing and working in community theater, regional theater and local professional theater. He has been a member of the CYT family since November of 2012; first as a teacher and then Artistic Director for CYT Indianapolis. After serving CYT Indianapolis, Tyler was led to Texas where he founded CYT Dallas. He is passionate and dedicated about sharing the love of Jesus through theater.

When You Arrive at EXPO

Hotel Location
San Diego Mission Bay Resort
1775 East Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, California, 92109, USA

Hotel Check In
Please note. Hotel check in is different than EXPO check in. Please go to the Hotel front desk to check into your rooms. If you arrive before check-in time, the hotel can arrange to hold your baggage for you.

EXPO Check In
Come to the main lobby at the entrance to the conference center. There you will see our information table! Come say hello and get your lanyard and EXPO bag. Helpful CYT volunteers will be there to assist you.

Please note: for security reasons, everyone (students, leaders, and spectators) must wear their EXPO lanyards at the conference at all times.

CYT Store
Want to get some amazing gear to wear at EXPO and at home? Check out our CYT Store at EXPO! The store will be in the main lobby right next to the information table!

Opportunity Drawing
Want to win some amazing items? Stop by the Opportunity Drawing Table in the main lobby and buy some tickets to be entered into our opportunity drawings. Tickets: $1 for 1, $10 for an arm’s length, and $20 for a body length. Come see what we have this year for you!

EXPO Rules for Students
Branch Leaders may choose to implement additional rules, but we ask that these be recognized by all students at EXPO.
  • 11pm nightly curfew. For safety reasons and as a courtesy to other hotel guests, we ask that students be in their hotel rooms by 11pm.
  • No boys and girls in hotel rooms without an adult present.
  • Must follow the EXPO schedule and attend all events. If students are not going to be attending a scheduled EXPO event, they must be with their parent chaperone (there is plenty of free time at this year’s EXPO, so please do not plan your “pool time” during scheduled events).
  • Be respectful of all Hotel guests, abide by all Hotel rules, and refrain from any and all illegal activity. 
We are requiring ALL students and leaders to agree to a CYT EXPO Code of Conduct upon registration. We ask that leaders and parents/chaperones help implement these standards for the safety and fun of the group. Be sure to review the code of conduct prior to arriving at EXPO.


What’s Provided?
With your Leadership or Student registration comes lunch on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Spectator passes do not include food.

What if I Have Dietary Needs?
The hotel can accommodate vegetarian and gluten free dietary needs for lunches they are providing Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. However, YOU MUST make us aware in your online registration. If you are registering for someone other than yourself, please be sure to mark their food needs. Any dietary needs outside of vegetarian and gluten free will have to be managed by the attendee (such as food allergies, etc.). For other meals that are not provided by the hotel, food selection will be up to the attendee’s discretion. If you have a SERIOUS allergy to any food of any kind, we advise you make other arrangements altogether.

All dinners will be on your own. 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to circumstances beyond our control, there will be NO Food Trucks at EXPO this year. We suggest you look at the following options to accommodate your dinner times.

Onsite Food Options
  • A’Roma Cafe: coffee Shop
  • Acqua California Bistro: main dining experience
  • Fresco’s Bar & Grill: poolside dining
  • The Olive Lounge: bar and lounge dining
Ordering In
Apps like UberEats and Grubhub are great alternatives! Pick almost any place and have the food delivered straight to the hotel! It's good for groups or individuals.

What’s Nearby?
So many restaurants are within a short driving distance!
  • Sonic: 2736 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109
  • In n Out: 2910 Damon Ave, San Diego, CA 92109
  • McDonalds: 4711 Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
  • Chick Fil A: 3570 Sports Arena Blvd
  • Panda Express: 3146 Sports Arena Blvd
  • CBW Fresh Food Fast: 3145 Sports Arena Blvd
  • The Habit Burger Grill: 3455 Sports Arena Blvd
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill: 3680 Rosecrans St
  • Pieology Pizzeria: 3455 Sports Arena Blvd #110
  • Georgia's Greek Cuisine: 3550 Rosecrans St
  • Rubio’s: 3555 Rosecrans St, 101b
Nearest Grocery Store
  • Ralphs: 3345 Sports Arena Blvd

Join the EXPO Crew!

Do you love CYT, working long hours, are 19 or older, and are looking for an adventure? Then you might be the perfect EXPO Crew Intern! This position will be selected by application and is not for the faint of heart, but can be filled by anyone from a recently graduated student to other young leaders in CYT branches from across the nation. They are the hardest workers at EXPO, performing non-glamorous tasks, without promise of fame or glory! Who’s in?!

Applications are due by March 15, 2020.

Join the EXPO Worship Team!

This year’s worship team will be selected by application and audition video. The Worship Team position is available for students and leaders already attending EXPO 2020.

Applications are due by March 15, 2020.