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, Sugar Rush! - Scottsdale 4-7 Phoenix
(Fall 2021)
CYT Studio Wed 4:00pm - 4:50pm Aug 11 Oct 20
Acting for Littles...Sugar Rush! - Phoenix 4-7 Phoenix
(Fall 2021)
New Valley Downtown Tue 4:00pm - 4:50pm Aug 10 Oct 12
Acting II 8-18 Phoenix
(Fall 2021)
CYT Studio Fri 4:00pm - 5:50pm Aug 13 Oct 15
Basics of Acting - Central Phoenix 8-18 Phoenix
(Fall 2021)
New Valley Downtown Tue 4:00pm - 5:50pm Aug 10 Oct 12
Basics of Acting - Peoria 8-18 Phoenix
(Fall 2021)
The Way Fellowship Church Thu 5:30pm - 7:20pm Aug 12 Oct 14
Basics of Acting - Scottsdale 8-18 Phoenix
(Fall 2021)
CYT Studio Tue 6:00pm - 7:50pm Aug 10 Oct 12
Basics of Voice - Scottsdale 8-18 Phoenix
(Fall 2021)
CYT Studio Wed 4:00pm - 5:50pm Aug 11 Oct 13
Beginning Tap 8-18 Phoenix
(Fall 2021)
CYT Studio Tue 6:00pm - 7:50pm Aug 10 Oct 12
CYT at Shepherd of the Desert K
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CYT Phoenix at Shepherd of the Desert
(Fall 2021)
Shepherd of the Desert Thu 3:30pm - 5:30pm Sep 09 Dec 12
Dance for Littles 4-7 Phoenix
(Fall 2021)
CYT Studio Thu 5:00pm - 5:50pm Aug 12 Oct 14
Improv 10-18 Phoenix
(Fall 2021)
CYT Studio Wed 6:00pm - 7:50pm Aug 11 Oct 13
Intermediate/Advanced Dance Technique 10-18 Phoenix
(Fall 2021)
CYT Studio Thu 6:00pm - 7:50pm Aug 12 Oct 14

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 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.


Blair Semon

Blair began dancing at age three and has studied many styles over the years, with the most extensive training in tap, jazz, and ballet. She received her minor in Dance Education from Grand Canyon University in addition to a Business Management degree in 2016. Currently, Blair enjoys teaching and choreographing alongside her corporate day job and is delighted to be part of the CYT family for another season!


Debra Denise Lanier

Denise Lanier graduated from Wheaton College with a degree in music. She has taught middle school and high school choir. She has performed in over 35 shows and was a member of the Cumberland Oratorio Singers in Fayetteville, NC. She has taught and directed for CYT Chicago and is so excited to be teaching for CYT Phoenix.


Elizabeth Cook


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 sophomore at Grand Canyon University where she is studying Theatre Education. She is grateful for CYT and blessed to be a part of the organization as a teaching artist.


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.


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.


Susan Tuten

Susan Tuten has been directing choirs, ensembles, and teaching piano for over 30 years. She especially loves working with kids and youth and helping them develop their voices correctly to avoid bad habits they could have the rest of their lives. She studied choral conducting at Arizona State and has conducted in many church and school venues in AZ and CA. Susan has been a worship leader in various venues, including kids’ camps, Bible Schools, retreats and women’s studies for 30 years. She and Derrick have home schooled their 5 children, 4 of which have been in CYT. This CYT community has meant so much to their family, their walk with the Lord, and their growth as singers, actors, and dancers.