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 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 in 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 learned over the previous 9 weeks.

Current Classes:

Class: Age: Chapter: Location: Day: Time: Start: End:
Bring It! Sing It! For Life! (Teens) 13-18 Tucson
(Fall 2021)
Ina Road Church of Christ Mon 6:00pm - 8:00pm Aug 02 Oct 04
Bring It! Sing It! For Life! (Youth) 8-13 Tucson
(Fall 2021)
Christ Church United Methodist Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Aug 03 Oct 05
Finding 'Story': The Art of Storytelling 13-18 Tucson
(Fall 2021)
Ina Road Church of Christ Mon 6:00pm - 8:00pm Aug 02 Oct 04
Fundamentals of Jazz 8-13 Tucson
(Fall 2021)
Ina Road Church of Christ Mon 6:00pm - 8:00pm Aug 02 Oct 04
Improv and Comedy Dynamics 8-18 Tucson
(Fall 2021)
Christ Church United Methodist Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Aug 03 Oct 05
Our Gang 5-7 Tucson
(Fall 2021)
Ina Road Church of Christ Mon 6:00pm - 7:30pm Aug 02 Oct 04
Our Gang 5-7 Tucson
(Fall 2021)
Christ Church United Methodist Tue 6:00pm - 7:30pm Aug 03 Oct 05
Sewing for Beginners - Adult Class 16-79 Tucson
(Fall 2021)
Christ Church United Methodist Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Aug 03 Oct 05
Take to the Stage! Beginning Acting 8-12 Tucson
(Fall 2021)
Ina Road Church of Christ Mon 6:00pm - 8:00pm Aug 02 Oct 04

Northwest Classes

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 2021
First Night of Class, Parent Orientation, and          
Mini-Audition Workshop:  August 2nd, 2021
Bring A Friend Night: August 9th, 2021
Holiday (No Classes):  NONE
Class Showcase:  October 4th, 2021

Winter 2021
Master Classes Only This Session
See Central Location for Dates
 
Spring 2022
First Night of Class, Parent Orientation, and
Audition Mini-Workshop:
  January 17th,2022
Bring A Friend Night:  January 24th, 2022
Holiday (No Classes):
 March 13th, 2022 - March 20th, 2022 (Spring Break)
Class Showcase:  March 28th, 2022

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.

Central Classes

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 2021
First Night of Class & Parent Orientation and
Mini-Audition Workshop:
  August 3rd, 2021
Bring A Friend Night: August 10th, 2021
Holiday (No Classes):  NONE
Class Showcase:  October 5th, 2021

Winter 2021
Master Classes Only This Session
Location: CCUM 

December 10th, 2021
January 6th, 2022
January 9th, 2022
January 20th, 2022


Spring 2022
First Night of Class & Parent Orientation and
Mini-Audition Workshop:
  January 18th, 2022
Bring A Friend Night: January 25th, 2022
Holiday (No Classes):  
March 13th - March 20th, 2022 (Spring Break)
Class Showcase:  March 29th, 2022

Current Teachers:

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. Some of her recent shows include: Seussical, Cinderella and Word on the Street. Christy’s children: Steven (9), Adelaide (7), and husband share her passion for the arts. Husband Ryan is an orchestra teacher for a local middle school and high school, and her children have been involved in a couple of her productions and always want to take the stage. 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.


Erin Daddona

I graduated from the University of Arizona in 2012 with a degree in Vocal Music Education, and I was a music teacher for five years, but now I stay home with my 3 little boys. I am also the Director of Contemporary Music at a local church. I love the Denver Broncos, show tunes, and my family.


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.


Joshua Cicci

Josh Cicci is a 41 year old professional cartoonist in Tucson. He has taught theatre and art throughout the Southwest for 20 years. He has worked in with private and public schools, as well as civic and public health organizations. His students have ranged from first graders to seniors in high school. He was a member of Comedy Corner at the University of Arizona. He was a founding member of the improv/sketch comedy troupes The Monolith Players, The Secret Show and Good Job Dinosaur. He has performed with members of The Upright Citizen’s Brigade, Improv Olympic, Second City and SNL.


Nina Christenson

Nina Christenson has been has been sewing, tucking, cutting, altering, designing, hacking, attaching, hemming, adding, and repurposing fabrics and costumes for 11 years at CYT Tucson. She enjoys seeing the children on the stage wearing fun costumes. She is also the elementary Spanish teacher at Casas Christian School. Come join the class and learn new skills or improve your current sewing skills.


Ruthie Hayashi

A self-proclaimed Tucson local of 11 years, Ruthie is a professional vocalist and has been an avid story teller/performer since a young age. After graduating from Catalina Foothills High School, she enjoyed performing in local theatre through Arts Express (CATS, Hunchback of Notre Dame) and the Southern Arizona Performing Arts Company (The Hot Mikado). She is currently an actress at the Gaslight Theatre and a vocalist for the swing-style female vocal group, the Manhattan Dolls. With a massive love and appreciation for the arts, her experiences as an artist, educator, and choreographer extend into choral and band state ensembles, vocal jazz, theatre make-up, and the marching arts. Ruthie believes art's true form is viewed and created through a passionate and compassionate lens and is excited to share that lens with the CYT community!


Tyler Wright

Tyler Wright studied musical theater at Brigham Young University for three years before pursuing and graduating with a degree in computer science. Since moving back to Tucson, he finds opportunities to perform around Tucson wherever he can. Tyler most recently received MAC and Carmen award nominations for SAPAC's productions of Hot Mikado and [title of show]. He also produced, directed, and starred in Gutenberg! The Musical! which received a MAC award nomination for Best Musical in 2018. He has also been in Godspell at St. Francis Theater and Roadrunner Theatre Company's Triumph of Love, and I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change! Other credits include Arizona Onstage Productions’ Les Miserables, The Story of My Life, and The World Goes Round. Tyler regularly performs with many other Tucson performing groups including The Gaslight Theatre, Khris Dodge Entertainment, Lonely Street Productions, and Mr. Bing's Supper Club.