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 - Kids 4-7 4-7 Phoenix
(Spring 2022)
Ascension Church of Phoenix Tue 4:00pm - 4:50pm Feb 22 Apr 26
Acting for Littles - Kids 4-7 4-7 Phoenix
(Spring 2022)
CYT Studio Wed 4:00pm - 4:50pm Feb 23 Apr 27
CYT at Shepherd Kids - Highlights from the Lion King 5-18 CYT Phoenix at Shepherd of the Desert
(Spring 2022)
Shepherd of the Desert Thu 4:00pm - 6:00pm Feb 24 Apr 28
CYT Phoenix Improv Team 12-18 Phoenix
(Spring 2022)
CYT Studio Wed 6:00pm - 7:50pm Feb 23 Apr 27
Dance for Littles 4-7 Phoenix
(Spring 2022)
CYT Studio Wed 5:00pm - 5:50pm Feb 23 Apr 27
General Dance for CYT Students 8-18 Phoenix
(Spring 2022)
CYT Studio Tue 6:00pm - 7:50pm Feb 22 Apr 26
Int/Adv Jazz Dance 10-18 Phoenix
(Spring 2022)
CYT Studio Fri 4:00pm - 5:50pm Feb 25 Apr 29
Intro to Acting 8-18 Phoenix
(Spring 2022)
CYT Studio Thu 6:00pm - 7:50pm Feb 24 Apr 28
Intro to Acting 7-13 CYT Phoenix at Eastside Explorers
(Spring 2022)
Immanuel Bible Church Mon 2:30pm - 3:30pm Jan 10 Apr 25
Intro to Filmmaking for Teens 13-18 Phoenix
(Spring 2022)
CYT Studio Thu 6:00pm - 7:50pm Feb 24 Apr 28
Seussical! - Vocal Performance for Musical Theatre 8-18 Phoenix
(Spring 2022)
Ascension Church of Phoenix Tue 4:00pm - 5:50pm Feb 22 Apr 26

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.


Andres Marrufo

Andy is a graduate of Arizona Christian University, receiving a B.A in Music Education and B.A in Modern Worship. Over the last four years, he has been working at Phoenix Christian Preparatory where he serves as the Fine Arts Department Chair, teaches Choir (K-12), Guitar, Worship and Musical Theatre. His other adventures include music directing summer shows, serving as a music teacher for Hawaii Education of the Arts and, of course, enjoying being a performer himself! He has a great passion in sharing in his experiences and love for the Fine Arts, and helping others to discover their love and passion for the arts as well.


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.


Elise Palma

Hello! My name is Elise Palma. I am an actress and teaching artist. I am teaching HS Drama at Phoenix Christian Preparatory, while pursuing my own artistic projects. I hold a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Florida. I am certified in Unarmed, Rapier, and Dagger Stage Combat. ​I am currently starting my own LLC production company, and pursuing the arts here on the West cost. I love these kids with everything in me and look forward to pouring into them on and off stage!


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.


Jenny Lynne

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


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.