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.
 

Spring Classes | Important Dates

Classes Begin: Week of February 18th
Tuck Everlasting Auditions: February 21st & 22nd - AUDITION PACKET
Showcase: April 21st at North Bible Church

Current Classes:

Class: Age: Chapter: Location: Day: Time: Start: End:
Beginning Ballet Technique 8-18 Phoenix
(Spring 2020)
CYT Studio Tue 4:00pm - 5:50pm Feb 18 Apr 21
Beginning Character Work 8-18 Phoenix
(Spring 2020)
CYT Studio Thu 4:00pm - 5:50pm Feb 20 Apr 21
CYT Phoenix Improv Team 12-18 Phoenix
(Spring 2020)
CYT Studio Thu 6:00pm - 7:50pm Feb 20 Apr 21
CYT@school - Annunciation Catholic School 0-0 Phoenix
(Spring 2020)
Annunciation Catholic School Thu 3:30pm - 5:00pm Jan 08 Apr 29
CYT@school - Archway Lincoln 0-0 Phoenix
(Spring 2020)
Archway Classical Academy Lincoln Wed 1:00pm - 1:55pm Jan 15 May 13
How To Be A Villain 8-18 Phoenix
(Spring 2020)
CYT Studio Fri 4:00pm - 5:50pm Feb 21 Apr 21
Intermediate Ballet Technique 12-18 Phoenix
(Spring 2020)
CYT Studio Tue 6:00pm - 7:50pm Feb 18 Apr 21
Our Gang - Forest Adventures 4-7 Phoenix
(Spring 2020)
CYT Studio Wed 4:00pm - 5:00pm Feb 19 Apr 21
Stage Management 101 14-18 Phoenix
(Spring 2020)
CYT Studio Sat 10:00am - 11:50am Feb 22 Apr 21

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

Curriculum

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!

Showcase

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!

Teachers

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 graduate of Grand Canyon University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education. She is currently serving as the Artistic Director of Dance at Maricopa High School, and holds a state teaching certificate in her field. She has been dancing since the age of three, and throughout her training enjoyed multiple successes in the competitive realm. She has had the opportunity to study at the prestigious dance department at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, as well as spending two wonderful years at Grand Canyon University. 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 A. Cortes

Bertha Alicia Cortes received her Bachelor's in Theatre Education from Grand Canyon University in 2015. She is currently teaching theatre at South Mountain High School and previously taught grades Pre K through 6th at Black Mountain Elementary School.


Callie Tyo


Dexter Tuten

Dexter Tuten is a CYT alumnus, having participated in CYT classes and shows while in High School, and has worked as a teacher for classes, and Stage Manager for many CYT Phoenix main-stage productions.


Haley Gadbery

Haley Gadbery graduated Summa Cum Laude from Grand Canyon University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Entrepreneurial Studies and minored in Dance Education. Haley grew up in North Carolina where she received the foundation of her dance and theatre training before attending GCU. In addition to multiple performance credits, Haley has been teaching dance for 11 years, and has served as the 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.


Sara McDermott

Sara graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a BA in Music with emphasis in Music Education and Vocal Performance. She then went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Vocal Arts from the University of Southern California. Sara has performed in various operas, musicals, choirs, gospel groups, and as a concert soloist. Sara has been a private voice instructor for over 15 years and has been involved with CYT Phoenix as a voice teacher, music director, and show director for over 12 years.


Stephanie Carpenter

Stephanie has been with CYT Phoenix since 2010 when her children became involved in the program. Over the next seven seasons she worked on almost every facet of the program–from publicity and marketing to backstage and production design before becoming Artistic Director. She has three children with her husband of over 20 years and the whole family is involved in CYT. She has a BFA in graphic design and professional experience in both 2-D and 3-D design. As a CYT Mom, she has a heart for the families that are the center of everything CYT does. As an artist, she has a passion for excellence in all of CYT Phoenix's creative endeavors.