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.

A Look into our Specialty Classes: Foley/Voice Over

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:
Accents & Dialects - EAST VALLEY 8-18 Phoenix
(Spring 2024)
Crossroads Nazarene Church Tue 4:00pm - 6:00pm Feb 20 Apr 23
Advanced Acting 14-18 Phoenix
(Spring 2024)
CYT Studio Wed 6:00pm - 8:00pm Feb 21 Apr 25
Beginning Voice 8-18 Phoenix
(Spring 2024)
CYT Studio Fri 4:00pm - 6:00pm Feb 23 Apr 25
Broadway Melodies - EAST VALLEY 8-18 Phoenix
(Spring 2024)
Crossroads Nazarene Church Tue 4:00pm - 6:00pm Feb 20 Apr 23
Conquering Callbacks 10-18 Phoenix
(Spring 2024)
CYT Studio Fri 4:00pm - 6:00pm Feb 23 Apr 25
Directing 10-18 Phoenix
(Spring 2024)
CYT Studio Tue 4:00pm - 6:00pm Feb 20 Apr 25
Footage Factory: Video Clips for Actors 13-18 Phoenix
(Spring 2024)
CYT Studio Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Feb 20 Apr 25
Improv: Light Up the Stage with Laughter 10-18 CYT Phoenix at Shepherd of the Desert
(Spring 2024)
Shepherd of the Desert Tue 4:00pm - 6:00pm Feb 20 Apr 25
Intermediate Voice 13-18 Phoenix
(Spring 2024)
CYT Studio Mon 4:00pm - 6:00pm Feb 19 Apr 25
Musical Theater 2 8-18 Phoenix
(Spring 2024)
CYT Studio Wed 10:00am - 12:00pm Feb 21 Apr 25
Musical Theater Intensive 8-18 Phoenix
(Spring 2024)
CYT Studio Wed 4:00pm - 6:00pm Feb 21 Apr 25
Our Gang 4-7 Phoenix
(Spring 2024)
CYT Studio Mon 4:00pm - 5:00pm Feb 19 Apr 25
Performative Dance 12-18 Phoenix
(Spring 2024)
CYT Studio Tue 4:00pm - 6:00pm Feb 20 Apr 25
Step In Time Dance 8-13 Phoenix
(Spring 2024)
CYT Studio Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Feb 20 Apr 25
Tap 101 8-18 Phoenix
(Spring 2024)
CYT Studio Fri 2:00pm - 4:00pm Feb 23 Apr 25

Drop & Refund Policies

Any class dropped after week 2 of classes is 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:

Ariana Latvaaho

Ariana has been dancing since the age of 3 and has had many years of ballet, jazz, and musical theatre dance experience. Ariana has performed in 19 CYT shows. She is excited to use her God given talents to teach and inspire these young dancers.

Brandon Gray

Brandon Gray is an actor and dialect coach who has worked around the valley theatre scene with Ronin Theatre Company, Southwest Shakespeare Company, Fountain Hills Theater, Theater Works, Christian Youth Theatre and more. He is a licensed speech-language pathologist and uses his clinical knowledge of sound systems and anatomy/physiology of the vocal instrument combined with his Linklater-based theatrical practices to aid in the acquisition of and preparation towards dialect/accent work.

Cara Redding

Cara Redding grew up in Phoenix, Arizona where her love for music and theatre blossomed and grew. She recently graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Music Degree in Musical Theatre, and during her time at college she received top-rated acting, singing, and dance training. She has experience as a private vocal coach and she cannot wait to step into the exciting world of CYT!

Chelsea Anderson

Chelsea Anderson is an actor, director, producer, educator, dialect coach, and playwright having worked with fantastic theaters including Indiana Repertory Theatre, Summit Performance, Phoenix Theatre of Indianapolis, Storefront Theatre, Indianapolis Shakespeare Company, Forward Theatre, and Great River Shakespeare Festival, among others. She earned a BS in Theatre from University of Indianapolis and an MFA in Acting/Directing from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Chelsea has been involved in theatre for over 25 years and currently serves as the Casting Director of The Phoenix Theatre Company of Phoenix, AZ.

Duffy Gibb

I am the blessed mommy of Eden and Savannah and love supporting our girls in all that they do. I've also been dancing and performing since I was three starting with my first love - TAP! I've performed on stages across the States, Canada and the UK and taught dance and musical theater in Utah, Washington, DC, Canada, Scotland and Phoenix working with children with severe disabilities and those with extraordinary abilities. My favorite is to see a Musical Theater production come to life and to call dancers to their highest ability. They don't know what they can't do and I love showing them how much more then can do then they thought.

Elisabeth Vaughn

Eva Britton

My name is Eva Britton, I have been doing theatre for over ten years now and I love teaching! I am an AriZoni Nominee who will be attending Grand Canyon University as a Theatre for Secondary Education Major next year, and I cannot wait to teach your kids about musical theatre through faith!

Gretchen Carpenter

Gretchen is a CYT Phoenix alumnus, having been involved in 24 Mainstage Productions over her ten years as a student in the program. She is a current student at Grand Canyon University where she is pursuing a BA in Theatre Education. She is grateful for CYT and blessed to be a part of the organization as a teaching artist.

Jason White

Jenny Lynne

Dance to express not impress. The best thing you can be is kind. Expect nothing, be grateful for everything.

Sydney Meyers

Sydney Meyers is a recent graduate in Vocal Performance from Grand Canyon University who grew up doing CYT. She has been teaching private voice lessons for five years as well as performing around the valley. She is so looking forward to teaching the students and glorifying God through theater! Crowns for Jesus! Sing for the King!

Thiago Palma

Thiago Palma (CHEE-Ah-goo Paul-mah), commonly called Chee, is a Brazilian-American actor. He was born and raised in Brazil but at the age of 17 he moved to the USA to be an exchange student and learn the English language. Thanks to acting scholarships, Thiago graduated from American universities with a B.A. and M.F.A. degree in theatre and acting. Thiago is known for his work in film and live theatre.