FALL 2019 CLASSES

Audition master classes for 8-18 yrs are now open! 
Get registered soon! 




 
CYT’s class sessions are designed to offer students performing arts classes 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, but may just participate in a class.

Most class sessions run weekly for 9 or 10 weeks per session with students attending class every week. Occasionally, sessions may be shorter or may feature stand-alone master classes due to calendar limitations. Students are encouraged to try different classes each session to broaden their performing arts training.  There may also be pre-requisites needed in order to enroll in certain classes.  Students ages 16-18 may work toward a National CYT Decathlon Award.

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’ve learned.

Financial Assistance

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

Current Classes:

Class: Age: Chapter: Location: Day: Time: Start: End:
Audition Critique Workshop For Teens 13-18 Tucson
(Summer 2019)
Christ Church United Methodist Sat 9:00am - 12:00pm Jul 27 Jul 27
Costume Design through Cosplay 12-18 Tucson
(Fall 2019)
Christ Church United Methodist Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Aug 13 Oct 15
Acting Out! 13-18 Tucson
(Fall 2019)
Christ Church United Methodist Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Aug 13 Oct 15
Advanced Harmony 12-18 Tucson
(Fall 2019)
New Life Bible Fellowship Mon 6:00pm - 8:00pm Aug 12 Oct 14
Art of Ballroom Dance 8-18 Tucson
(Fall 2019)
Christ Church United Methodist Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Aug 13 Oct 15
Audition Workshop 8-12 yrs old 8-12 Tucson
(Summer 2019)
Christ Church United Methodist Sat 9:00am - 11:00am Jul 20 Jul 20
Broadway Jazz & MT Cardio! 8-12 Tucson
(Fall 2019)
New Life Bible Fellowship Mon 6:00pm - 8:00pm Aug 12 Oct 14
Home Sweet Home 5-7 Tucson
(Fall 2019)
New Life Bible Fellowship Mon 6:00pm - 7:30pm Aug 12 Oct 14
Home Sweet Home 5-7 Tucson
(Fall 2019)
Christ Church United Methodist Tue 6:00pm - 7:30pm Aug 13 Oct 15
Let's Write A Musical! 8-18 Tucson
(Fall 2019)
Christ Church United Methodist Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Aug 13 Oct 15
Rhythm & Notes 8-12 Tucson
(Fall 2019)
New Life Bible Fellowship Mon 6:00pm - 8:00pm Aug 12 Oct 14
Stage Management Part Deux 14-18 Tucson
(Fall 2019)
New Life Bible Fellowship Mon 6:00pm - 8:00pm Aug 12 Oct 14

Northwest Classes

Monday Evenings
  • Ages 5 - 7:  6:00pm to 7:30pm
  • Ages 8 - 18:  6:00pm to 8:00pm
New Life Bible Fellowship
4900 W Cortaro Farms Rd
Tucson, AZ 85742

 

Session Dates

Fall 2019
First Night of Class & Parent Orientation:  August 12th, 2019
Holiday (No Classes):  NONE
Class Showcase:  October 14, 2019

Winter 2019
First Night of Class & Parent Orientation:  October 28th, 2019
Holiday (No Classes): 
 December 20, 2019 - January 2, 2020 (Winter Break)
Class Showcase:  January 13th, 2020

Spring 2020
First Night of Class & Parent Orientation:  February 24th, 2020
Holiday (No Classes):
 
March 16th, 2020 - March 20th, 2020 (Spring Break)
Class Showcase:  May 4th, 2020

Central Classes

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

Session Dates

Fall 2019
First Night of Class & Parent Orientation:  August 13th, 2019
Holiday (No Classes):  NONE
Class Showcase:  October 15th, 2019

Winter 2019
First Night of Class & Parent Orientation:  October 29th, 2019
Holiday (No Classes):  
December 20th, 2019 - January 2nd, 2020(Winter Break)
Class Showcase:  January 14th, 2020

Spring 2019
First Night of Class & Parent Orientation:  February 25th, 2020
Holiday (No Classes):  
March 16th - March 20th, 2020(Spring Break)
Class Showcase:  May 5th, 2020 

Current Teachers:

Amy Barker

Amy Barker is an experienced piano teacher and pianist. She studied piano at the University of Michigan, and has played piano as a soloist and accompanist all her life, while engaged in a number of other professions. Her bachelor's degree is in education from Oakland University, Michigan. Amy moved to Tucson from Texas in May 2018 to live near her aging parents. Her son, a video editor, and daughter-in-law also live in Tucson. In the previous ten years, Amy enjoyed a thriving piano teaching studio in College Station, Texas, played as a church accompanist, and was a solo pianist at restaurants and Texas A&M events, to include playing for President & Mrs. George H. Bush at the George H. Bush Library. Prior to living in Texas, Amy was a campus pastor and assistant professor in the Bible department at Bethel College, Kansas, after graduating from seminary. Though her passion for biblical theology remains, she finds that music best communicates the heights and depths of human experience, and provides such joy in our worship and praise of God. Since moving to Tucson, Amy has accompanied an active vocal studio, the church choir of Catalina Foothills Church, the Southern Arizona Women's Chorus and this year's Summer Chorus, and she regularly plays for several retirement homes. In addition to teaching piano students in her private studio, Amy teaches piano to students at Quest for Education and Arts. Amy has a love for musical theater and those drawn to it, and she looks forward to both teaching and accompanying at CYT Tucson.


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.


Christine Peterson

Christine Peterson is an independent teaching artist who has taught in Tucson and around the country for the past nine years. She has been involved in the local theater and dance community (including acting in CYT productions as a youth!) for over 20 years, both onstage and behind the scenes. Recent acting credits include playing the lead character, Natalie, in a new show that premiered in the 2019 Tucson Fringe Festival and Goodman in Men On Boats with Something Something Theater Company. Recent creative credits include stage director for CYT Tucson's Seussical, choreographer for CYT Tucson's Freaky Friday and assistant director for American Idiot as part of Arizona Theater Company's Summer On Stage 2018. Christine also teaches weekly classes at Floor Polish Dance + Fitness and Paulo Freire Freedom School. Upcoming projects include choreographer for ATC's SOS 2019 production of Matilda.


Daniela Ayala

Daniela is a native from Yuma, Az that fell in love with theatre at the age of 9 when she heard The Phantom of the Opera for the first time. Since then, she has been a part of many productions, backstage and onstage. Her acting credits include Mrs. Savage (Curious Savage), Mrs. Bucket (Willy Wonka), and Margot (The Diary of Anne Frank). She has her Associate’s in Theatre from Arizona Western College, where she directed The Great Gatsby and Cagebirds, and has gone to direct many community plays such as The Diary of Anne Frank, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Real Women Have Curves. Daniela also created the Summer Youth Theatre Program in Yuma, AZ, a program to teach different theatre elements to children over the summer which is in its 6th year. She was also the stage director for Freaky Friday, a CYT production. Currently, she is a high school teacher at Salpointe Catholic HS.


Jacob Coffin

Jake has been in musical theatre for the majority of his life. He found his love for theatre at CYT Tucson, where he played a variety of roles such as Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast, The Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and the Cat in the Hat in Seussical to name a few. He discovered that he had an equal love for being on the other side of the curtain with directing and producing under the tutelage of Dr. Paul Russell - co-founder and president of CYT Tucson and former Dean of the Performing Arts at San Diego Christian College. Jake student directed and produced Little Shop of Horrors there, directed several one act musicals at CYT @ School, and has since moved on to directing 5 of his own original musicals for children 4th -12th grade. He worked as an actor at the Tucson-famous Gaslight Theatre for nearly 4 years, and is known to return there for a show every so often. When he is not on or near the stage, Jake teaches reading, writing, and drama at Desert Christian Schools, leads worship at his church, and lives his best life with his wife and his baby daughter.


Jose "Chach" Snook

Chach Snook is a singer/actor/director/educator who loves nothing more than to bring smiles to peoples faces every time he sets foot on stage. Born and raised in the Napa Valley, Chach grew up singing starting at age 3. He found his knack for performing in High School and was awarded a full ride scholarship to Northern Arizona University where is receive a Bachelor’s in Music-Vocal Performance. For nine years, Chach lived in New York City where he performed in numerous tours and regional musical theatre performances until he joined the jazz a cappella group, Pieces of 8. Chach now lives in Tucson and performs regularly with his doo-wop group The 4GENTS and various music production groups in Tucson, around the state of Arizona, and internationally. He also acts and directs musicals and has been a performing arts educator since 2006. Chach has won numerous teaching awards in Arizona. He also performs regularly with his talented wife, Jodi Darling, and their two children, Julia and Gabriel. https://www.chachsnook.com


Kara Myrick

Kara Myrick, a native Tucsonan, is thrilled to be returning to CYT! She brings with her a passion for music and children as she enjoys a dual career as a singer and a professional educator. Ms. Myrick is a trained musician who has spent the better part of her career teaching and molding young minds. As a singer, she has been featured as a soprano soloist with the Arizona Early Music Society, St. Andrew's Bach Society, Arts Express, Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, St. Philips in the Hills Episcopal Church, and First Church of Christ Scientist, as well as a professional chorister with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Catalina Chamber Orchestra, and Reveille Men's Chorus. Ms. Myrick earned her B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in Vocal Performance from the University of Arizona and later went on to receive her M.A. in Education.


Michael Rhodes

Michael Rhodes has been with CYT-Tucson since 2010 when he taught his first voice class and joined the artistic team as music director for “Annie”. Since then, he has been involved with numerous shows, including Shrek, James and the Giant Peach, Bye Bye Birdie, A Christmas Story, Annie, and The Little Mermaid. Michael holds a Master's degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Arizona, as well as having been involved with the Astronomy and Physics departments. He also holds an Associates degree in the field of computers. His chosen career path is going strong at Raytheon. Michael considers CYT his extended family, and is excited to join the team once again as the musical director for the '19-'20 Season.


Sam Sierra-Feldman

Sam is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a degree in vocal studies and a minor in creative writing, and recently made her CYT directorial debut as the music director for “Freaky Friday,” as well as teaching Voice & Musicianship class for 8-12 year olds. Sam currently serves as a church music director on the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, as a staff singer for the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus, as assistant director and composer in residence for the Helios Ensemble, and as the music teacher for the Tucson Hebrew Academy. She also enjoys co-authoring the “Sam the Ant” children’s book series with her father, Enrique “Hank” Feldman and is passionately devoted to her three cats and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!


Vanessa Corona

Vanessa Corona has been working in many areas as a Dance Company Performer, Music & Movement Teacher, Musical Theatre Choreographer, Wedding & Quiceanera Choreographer, Salsa Instructor, as a Live Theatre Performer and as a Voice-Over Talent. Vanessa has has also served on the Board of Directors for non-profit organizations and has been working in Administration, alongside the Arts for more than 15 years. She has worked for multiple companies in different cities coordinating and managing office procedures, marketing and developing websites. Being a part of the Creative Arts world is her true joy. Vanessa will be filling the role of Choreographer for CYT Tucson's upcoming Cinderella!