About CYT Classes

CYT offers classes for students ages 4-18 throughout the school year. Classes include drama, voice, dance, and behind-the-scenes training in makeup, costumes, tech, and more. Classes are held for two hours once a week and run for ten consecutive weeks in Fall, Winter, and Spring sessions. Class sizes are small and offer supervision both inside and outside the classroom. Each session culminates in a high-energy showcase to demonstrate to family, friends, and fellow students the skills acquired. 

Parents send their children to CYT classes to learn, and that’s exactly what they will do! At the end of a CYT session, your student will come away with a new or improved skill in the area of emphasis. During the last week of class, a high-energy Showcase is presented by each class to show other students, family, and friends all they’ve learned.

Scholarship Application

The purpose of CYT Phoenix's scholarship fund is to provide full or partial scholarships for one class to qualified applicants during one session at CYT Phoenix. Please note, Scholarships are for class tuition only. We are happy to be able to provide scholarship opportunities for families in need through our scholarship fund!

Current Classes:

Class: Age: Chapter: Location: Day: Time: Start: End:
Acting for Littles...Pirates & Mermaids! 4-7 Phoenix
(Winter 2022)
CYT Studio Wed 4:00pm - 4:50pm Nov 10 Jan 26
Basics of Acting 7-18 Phoenix
(Winter 2022)
The Way Fellowship Church Tue 4:00pm - 5:50pm Nov 09 Jan 25
Basics of Voice 8-18 Phoenix
(Winter 2022)
The Way Fellowship Church Tue 4:00pm - 5:50pm Nov 09 Jan 25
Dance for Littles 4-7 Phoenix
(Winter 2022)
CYT Studio Wed 5:00pm - 5:50pm Nov 10 Jan 26
Fun with the Bard...An Intro to Shakespeare 10-18 Phoenix
(Winter 2022)
CYT Studio Fri 4:00pm - 5:50pm Nov 12 Jan 28
Improv Team 11-18 Phoenix
(Winter 2022)
CYT Studio Wed 6:00pm - 7:50pm Nov 10 Jan 26
Musical Theater Dance for All Ages 8-18 Phoenix
(Winter 2022)
CYT Studio Tue 6:00pm - 7:50pm Nov 09 Jan 25
Tap for Teens 13-18 Phoenix
(Winter 2022)
CYT Studio Thu 6:00pm - 7:50pm Nov 11 Jan 27
Vocal Performance - The Aladdin Experience 8-18 Phoenix
(Winter 2022)
CYT Studio Thu 6:00pm - 7:50pm Nov 11 Jan 27

Drop & Refund Policies

Any class dropped after week 2 of classes in not eligible for refunding. If a class is dropped before that deadline, you will be issued a prorated refund or class credit. Please email managingdirector@cytphoenix.org if you have any questions regarding drop and refund policies.

CYT is a one of a kind organization in that it accepts kids just as they are, and not only includes them but builds them up through encouraging them to do things that they never thought they could do – the confidence and self-esteem that this instills in them is priceless.  The topping on the cake to all of this, is it is done through a Christ centered atmosphere.  This is what I really love about CYT – is that it gives all the credit to Christ and makes Jesus and His efforts the central focus.  I don’t think there is another organization in the valley that offers this.  God is blessing CYT and it is an honor to be a part of it. 

Emmy, parent


CYT offers a wide variety of classes, and they all enable students to gain valuable theater arts training, develop confidence, and make friends! There are currently over 50 different curriculum materials available in a variety of musical theater areas. Please note these classes vary per session. Check the Classes page to see what’s available now!


Parents, friends, and relatives are invited to attend CYT's Showcase performance on the last day / evening of classes, free of charge! Showcase is the grand finale of each session of classes, at which every class makes a 5-10 minute presentation of something they have learned and rehearsed during the session. Don't miss the action!


A CYT Teacher’s mission is to train and instruct students in such a way as to promote the development of character, self-esteem, and confidence. CYT teachers are qualified and experienced in the area in which they teach. They have been trained in the CYT methods of instruction and agree with the CYT values and outcome goals.  All CYT teachers have been background checked and adhere to our CYT Mission and Values. Our teachers truly care about their students and provide a constructive and fun environment for them to learn.

Current Teachers:

Alexandra Biggs

Alexandra Biggs is a Zoni nominated choreographer that is thrilled to be working in her 6th year with CYT! She is a graduate of Grand Canyon University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education, and is a state certified teacher currently working in the Peoria Unified School District, and with Special Olympics Arizona. She is thankful for the 5 wonderful seasons spent with CYT as a teacher, as well as serving as the HYPE coordinator for the past 2 years. She has been dancing since the age of three, and throughout her diverse training has enjoyed multiple professional successes and opportunities. She feels fortunate to have spent time with many teachers over the years that have made a lasting impact on her life and looks forward to continuing the tradition of excellence in dance education she has received to all of her students in the future.

Bertha Alicia Cortes

Bertha Alicia Cortes received her Bachelor's in Theatre Education from Grand Canyon University in 2015. She is currently teaching theatre at The Academies at South Mountain in Phoenix. Previously she taught grades Pre-K through 6th at Black Mountain Elementary School in Cave Creek. Bertha has been the improv coach for CYT Phoenix for two years.

Haley Gadbery

Haley Gadbery graduated from Grand Canyon University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Entrepreneurship and minored in Dance Education. In addition to studying dance techniques and teaching principles, she had the opportunity to perform in GCU’s Ethington Dance Ensemble in works by both faculty and guest artists. Before attending GCU, Haley enjoyed dancing competitively and then furthering her training at Walkerdance Ballet Theater’s conservatory style program in North Carolina. She is trained in ballet, pointe, contemporary, jazz, and tap and has had the privilege of studying under master teachers at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ Festival of Dance, and Broadway Dance Center in New York City. In addition to multiple performance credits, Haley has been teaching dance for over a decade, and has served as choreographer for over 25 dance and musical theatre productions. Haley is excited about teaching the next generation of artists and strives to provide an atmosphere in which her students are challenged to grow in their art form, as well as individuals.

Rachel Stoddard

Rachel Stoddard has worked as a music educator in the Valley for the past 25 years conducting choirs of all ages, teaching private voice and piano lessons, directing musicals and performing in various choral groups and musical theatre productions. Currently she runs a private voice studio and sings with the ProMusica Arizona Chorale. Previous choral directing and teaching positions include Scottsdale Christian Academy, Arizona Christian University, Paradise Valley Community College, the Phoenix Boys Choir (training choir) and the Paradise Valley Unified School District. She holds a Master of Music degree in Music Education from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Susquehanna University and is an active member in the Valley of the Sun Chapter of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing.) Rachel and her husband Mark (a theatre director, educator and writer) are the parents of three grown children. They enjoy working together on musical theatre productions, traveling and exploring new places to hike in Arizona with their dogs.

Rebekah Varghese

Rebekah Varghese is a theatrical artist, filmmaker, and teacher who has worked in the valley for 10+ years. She has held a variety of positions including teacher, director, actor, cinematographer, producer, writer, editor, production designer, prop builder, gaffer, practical effects creator, and more. She has produced videos from the US to India and worked with various theaters in the Valley including The Phoenix Theatre, Childsplay, Arizona Broadway Theatre, and Arizona Opera. Rebekah is a Zoni nominated artist and owns and operates her own film production company. Her deepest desire is to create stories that highlight the Good, True and Beautiful.

Tanja Shineman

Tanja is a mom, worship leader, vocal, and guitar coach in North Peoria. With over 30 years of experience in the music industry. She has performed and directed many variety shows and musicals from Carnegie Hall, Theater Works to the local college theater. Tanja has also directed the church youth choir and organized worship teams for her church. Tanja teaches adults and kids to gain strength and confidence in music so that they can glorify the Lord with their highest level of excellence.