CYT’s class sessions are designed to offer students performing arts classes at every skill level in drama, voice, and dance.  Along with those classes, specialty theatrical opportunities such as makeup, film, and stage combat classes may also be available during the year. Enrolled students are not required to audition for a show, and may just participate in a class.

Our Fall and Spring Sessions consist of a 10-week session, with weekly classes offered at two locations. Our Winter term consists of stand-alone Master Classes focusing on various aspects of the performing arts. Students are encouraged to try different classes in each session to broaden their performing arts training.  There may also be pre-requisites needed in order to enroll in certain classes.  

Classes for students ages 8-18 are two hours long.  The Our Gang class for students ages 5-7 runs for 90 minutes.  All classes culminate in a showcase performance where each class presents a mini-performance of what they learned over the previous 9 weeks.

*Note on COVID-19: We are thrilled to resume in-person classes and productions, however, we are mindful of the continued spread of COVID-19. In order to mitigate the spread of the virus, we encourage all who are eligible to receive the vaccine and applicable boosters. We will update our mitigation strategies as needed to align with current CDC and local health department recommendations. This may include wearing masks. If your child displays any symptoms of illness, we ask that your child not attend class or rehearsal.*

Current Camps:

Camp: Age: Chapter: Location: Start: End:
A Midsummer Summer Camp - Full Day Camp Ages 13-18 13-18 Tucson Arizona Theater Company at Temple of Music and Art Jul 11 Jul 22
A World of Pure Imagination - Full Day Camp Ages 8-13 8-13 Tucson Ina Road Church of Christ Jun 13 Jun 24
A World of Pure Imagination - Half Day Camp Ages 5-8 5-8 Tucson Ina Road Church of Christ Jun 13 Jun 24

Current Classes:

Class: Age: Chapter: Location: Day: Time: Start: End:
Advanced Makeup Techniques 13-18 Tucson
(Fall 2022)
Christ Church United Methodist Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Aug 09 Oct 11
Circus Magic 101 8-14 Tucson
(Fall 2022)
Christ Church United Methodist Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Aug 09 Oct 11
Circus Magic 101 8-14 Tucson
(Fall 2022)
Ina Road Church of Christ Mon 6:00pm - 8:00pm Aug 08 Oct 10
Intermediate Tap 8-18 Tucson
(Fall 2022)
Ina Road Church of Christ Mon 6:00pm - 8:00pm Aug 08 Oct 10
Our Gang - James and the Giant Peach Adventure 5-7 Tucson
(Fall 2022)
Ina Road Church of Christ Mon 6:00pm - 7:30pm Aug 08 Oct 10
Our Gang - James and the Giant Peach Adventure 5-7 Tucson
(Fall 2022)
Christ Church United Methodist Tue 6:00pm - 7:30pm Aug 09 Oct 11
Ready, Set, Direct! 14-18 Tucson
(Fall 2022)
Ina Road Church of Christ Mon 6:00pm - 8:00pm Aug 08 Oct 10
The Colorists Club 8-12 Tucson
(Fall 2022)
Christ Church United Methodist Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Aug 09 Oct 11
Tinkering with Theatrical Props – A Prop Construction Class 10-18 Tucson
(Fall 2022)
Ina Road Church of Christ Mon 6:00pm - 8:00pm Aug 08 Oct 10
Triple Threat 101 13-18 Tucson
(Fall 2022)
Christ Church United Methodist Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Aug 09 Oct 11

Northwest Classes - Start again in August!

Monday Evenings
  • Ages 5 - 7:  6:00pm to 7:30pm
  • Ages 8 - 18:  6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ina Road Christ Church 
2425 W. Ina Road 
Tucson, AZ 85741

Site Coordinator: Charlene De Witt 

 

Session Dates

Fall 2022
First Night of Class, Parent Orientation, and          
Mini-Audition Workshop:  August 8, 2022
Bring A Friend Night: August 15, 2022
Class Showcase:  October 10, 2022

Winter 2023
Master Classes Only This Session
TBD
 
Spring 2023
First Night of Class, Parent Orientation, and
Audition Mini-Workshop:
 February 6, 2023
Bring A Friend Night:  February 13, 2023
Class Showcase:  April 10, 2023

Central Classes - Start again in August!

Tuesday Evenings
  • Ages 5 - 7:  6:00pm to 7:30pm
  • Ages 8-18:  6:00pm to 8:00pm
Christ Church United Methodist (CCUM)
655 N Craycroft Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85711

Site Coordinator: Lisa Foster 

Session Dates

Fall 2022
First Night of Class & Parent Orientation and
Mini-Audition Workshop:
  August 9, 2022
Bring A Friend Night: August 16, 2022
Class Showcase:  October 11, 2022

Winter 2023
Master Classes Only This Session
TBD

Spring 2023
First Night of Class & Parent Orientation and
Mini-Audition Workshop:
  February 7, 2023
Bring A Friend Night: February 14, 2023
Class Showcase:  April 11, 2023

Financial Assistance

We give consideration for scholarships to help offset the cost of classes and productions for families that meet Title One Full Meal guidelines. Please visit the scholarship page for full details, deadlines for submission, and online application form.

Current Teachers:

Benny James

Benny James has had a passion for dance since his youth. From training for ballroom dance instruction at the age of 19 to dancing in various Movies and TV shows, his love of dance has found it's way into every part of his life. When not dancing, he has found time to be an actor, a circus clown and a magician.


Christy Watson

Christy fell in love with theater at an early age and has been involved in it for the past 30 years. Over the years she has been able to share her talents and love of the theater in professional, community and church productions. Christy has worked as a Director, Technical Director, Set Designer, Lighting Designer, Stage Manager as well as an actor and a singer. Christy’s children: Steven (10), Adelaide (8), and husband share her passion for the arts and her family is always there for her while giving her all the love, support and encouragement needed for each show she works on. Christy is excited to continue to work with CYT and to share that love and passion with others.


Deborah Christenson

Debbie is a CYT-Tucson Alumna who was cast in over 20 of their productions. She assisted with several summer camps as a counselor and continues to volunteer alongside her family to assist CTY Tucson in their current shows. This past year, she served as an Education Intern under Jasmine Roth at ATC Teen in Tucson. Through this, she discovered her love of teaching and using theater arts in education. She is currently studying Elementary Education and hopes to get her certification by 2024, followed by a Masters in Special Education with an emphasis on therapy using theater arts. She was CYT Tucson's Goes to the Movies Summer Camp Director in 2021.


Dustin Bielich

Dustin recently graduated from the University of Arizona with his Master's Degree in Scenic Design. He also works as a props artisan and does a little acting on the side. Theatre credits include, Living Dead in Denmark, Everybody, Still Standing with Arizona Repertory Theaer, Picnic, Abandoned Way Out West with Creede Repertory Theatre, Julius Caesar, Three Sister, Lord of the Flies, Clybourne Park, and Miss Nelson Is Missing, and I have been Props Master for the production of Pippin and The Crucible. I've also dabbled in the movie world in the stunts and acting departments in the movies, The Mustard Seed and Camp Cold Brook.


Erin Sommers

Erin Is a 20 year old artist and actress. Her CYT shows include “Shrek” (Gingy), "Freaky Friday” (Katherine), “Seussical" (the Sour Kangaroo), and "Cinderella" (Fairy Godmother/Marie). She is extremely honored to play Ms. Honey in her last CYT show, with her younger sister Clara in her cast as Trunchbull!


Hannah Taylor

Hi! I am so excited to be a part of CYT team! I have years of dance and theater training. I have danced with Dance Force-1, Ballet Arts, and Tanque Verde High School. My dance training has given me many opportunities in theater and in cheerleading. I was a Varsity Cheerleader in high school and continued to cheer in college. I attended Southern Virginia University for three years working on my Liberal Arts degree. I met my husband while attending school in Virginia and we have been together for 7 years. We enjoy performing together and love raising our 3 year old daughter together.


Laurel Sommers

Laurel Sommers has lived in Tucson, Arizona for the last 10 years. She is an artist who has painted in oils and pastels for the last 30 years. When her daughters became involved in musical theater, she took those skills to the stage. Laurel has done scenic painting and stage makeup design with CYT since 2013. When her daughters started acting in local short films, she worked on makeup and costuming for those productions. Laurel was recently hired to work as Makeup Assistant for the upcoming film “42 Seconds.” She can’t wait to teach this stage makeup class!


Mara Katrina Capati

Mara is a returning instructor with CYT. She is currently in Arts Express’ production of Sweeney Todd and Scoundrel & Scamp’s production of Smart People. Most recently, she appeared in the Southern Arizona Performing Arts Company’s production of Title of Show as Heidi. Mara relocated from Parkersburg, WV in November 2018 where she had been active in the theater community in various capacities including acting, production, tech, children’s theater, hair and make-up, and fundraising. Her past musical theatre roles include Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors, Marta in Company, Ghost of Christmas Past in Scrooge and Dolly I’m Hello Dolly! Some of Mara’s past stage acting credits include Aouda in Around the World in 80 Days and Mina Murray in Dracula. Mara was also the Assistant Director for To Kill a Mockingbird and the Director for Freak! She is an alumni of John Robert Power's school for acting, singing, modeling, and dancing and was formerly represented by Dream Talent Management in West Hollywood, CA. By day, Mara is a Crisis Advocate for the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault and a student at Harvard University online.