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 Classes:

Class: Age: Chapter: Location: Day: Time: Start: End:
*MASTER CLASS - Audition Workshop* 8-18 Tucson
(Winter 2023)
Christ Church United Methodist Sat 9:00am - 11:00am Feb 04 Feb 04
*MASTER CLASS - Dance Series* 8-18 Tucson
(Winter 2023)
Christ Church United Methodist Sat 9:00am - 11:00am Jan 14 Jan 28
Acting from the Core 13-18 Tucson
(Spring 2023)
Christ Church United Methodist Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Feb 07 Apr 11
Beginning Film and Media 8-12 Tucson
(Spring 2023)
Christ Church United Methodist Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Feb 07 Apr 11
CYT News 8-12 Tucson
(Spring 2023)
Ina Road Church of Christ Mon 6:00pm - 8:00pm Feb 06 Apr 10
Improving Improv - See What We Did There? 13-18 Tucson
(Spring 2023)
Ina Road Church of Christ Mon 6:00pm - 8:00pm Feb 06 Apr 10
Intermediate Tap 8-18 Tucson
(Spring 2023)
Christ Church United Methodist Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Feb 07 Apr 11
Let's Get Into Character...Shoes! 8-18 Tucson
(Spring 2023)
Ina Road Church of Christ Mon 6:00pm - 8:00pm Feb 06 Apr 10
Our Gang - Heroes and Villains 5-7 Tucson
(Spring 2023)
Christ Church United Methodist Tue 6:00pm - 7:30pm Feb 07 Apr 11

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 2022
First Night of Class, Parent Orientation, and          
Mini-Audition Workshop:  August 8, 2022
Bring A Friend Night: August 15, 2022
No Class: October 10, 2022
Class Showcase:  October 17, 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

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
No Class: October 11, 2022
Class Showcase:  October 18, 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:

Christine Wright


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 family shares her passion for the arts and 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.


Dena DiGiacinto

Dena DiGiacinto is the Director of Outreach and Education at Saguaro City Music Theatre in Tucson. A graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, Dena has performed everywhere from Europe to Asia to Broadway, and has worked with legends such as Hal Prince and Marvin Hamlisch, as well as TONY award winning and nominated artists such as Baayork Lee and Marcia Milgrom Dodge. Favorite productions include Evita, Disney's 101 Dalmations, and the Broadway revival of A Chorus Line. As a choreographer, Dena has worked at Stages St. Louis, Drury Lane Theatre, the John W. Engeman Theatre, and this year, Dena will be choreographing Jersey Boys at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach, FL. Dena is thrilled to bring inclusive theatre arts education programming to the Tucson community through Saguaro City Studio Arts.


Erin Sommers

Erin Is a 21 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 8 years. We enjoy performing together and love raising our 4 year old daughter together.


Katie Mason

Katie is a graduate of the CYT program. She's continued involvement with CYT as an Our Gang teacher and choreographer for our recent productions of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" and "James and the Giant Peach." She has also choreographed musical theater productions, performing arts camps, and show choirs with several schools and organizations. She is currently pursuing a degree in elementary education.


Sam Sierra-Feldman

Sam is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a degree in vocal studies and a minor in creative writing. She teaches 5th Grade, K-8 Music, and Video Production at the Tucson Hebrew Academy and is thrilled to be working with CYT again as the Director for the Wizard of Oz and instructor of the CYT News class. Growing up, Sam performed in numerous CYT shows between 2007-2011 and made her directorial debut as the music director for “Freaky Friday!” Sam also continues to work on her published series of children's books, "Sam the Ant," which she first conceptualized with her father when she was four year sold.


ShoShannah Waters

My name is ShoShannah Waters and I am proud to be co-teaching an acting class with CYT! My goal has always been to build confidence in myself and in others, leading through example and guiding my students to be proud of their talent. Teaching them to build up a great performance with only the bare minimum. I work full time as a data processor for The Mahoney Group and have worked my way up to being our department lead. I have taught a previous class all about introduction to art as well as playing in 5 CYT shows before aging out. I have worked as a stage manager for SAPAC and value the experience of learning every role that goes into putting on a complete show.