Current Teachers:

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 choreographer for CYT'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.

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.

Jasmine Roth

Jasmine Roth is a NH native who now happily calls Tucson home. She works full time as the Education Associate at Arizona Theatre Company, where she runs a variety of theater education programs including ATCTeen and Summer on Stage. In addition to her work in education, Jasmine can be seen throughout the community acting, dancing, and directing. Jasmine has her Bachelors in Theatre with minors in Dance and Multi-Media Storytelling from Union College in Schenectady, NY where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She has also trained as an actor with the Powerhouse Apprentice Program, Saratoga Shakespeare Company, and SITI Company, and as a dancer with The Dance Studio of Manchester, The Northeastern Ballet Theater and National Theater of Vietnam. She is currently a company member at ZUZI! Dance where she also teachers weekly Ballet and Modern classes. As a choreographer, Jasmine has worked on several musicals including Pippin, The Music Man, The Drowsy Chaperone, Gorey Stories, Narnia and most recently Beauty and the Beast with CYT.

Kara Myrick

Kara Myrick, a native Tucsonan, is thrilled to be joining 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.

Kelsey Eggerman

Kelsey Eggerman was born in Bedford, Indiana and began dancing at the age of four. She has had extensive training in many styles of dance including ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, acro, lyrical/contemporary, hip hop, musical theater, and ballroom. She danced competitively for 12 years and traveled frequently to Los Angeles and New York City to train with the industry’s best teachers and the most renowned choreographers. Through her competitive years, Kelsey won numerous awards and scholarships. One of her greatest achievements was placing in the top 10 Outstanding Dancers at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals. She has done intensive training at Complexions Contemporary Ballet in NYC, Joffrey Ballet School in NYC, MODAS Dance, Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles, and the famous Radio City Rockettes. Kelsey was one of 65 dancers invited to do the Rockettes Invitational Week. Recently, Kelsey was a member of the Drop Fam and competed in highly esteemed hip hop competitions in Phoenix and Los Angeles. Kelsey is excited to share her knowledge and passion of dance with everyone at CYT.

Nancy Davis-Booth

NANCY DAVIS BOOTH is a nationally acclaimed soprano, teacher and director and is excited about joining the CYT team. In addition to her professional performing career, she has served on the faculties of Butler University in Indianapolis and Concordia College in Minnesota. She returned to Tucson in 2010 and taught in both the theater and music departments at Pima Community College teaching acting, musical theater, voice and directed main stage and black box productions. Her national performing credits include symphonies, opera and theater companies, headlining on cruise ships, cabaret, summer festivals, community artist series and corporate clientele. She has a Master of Fine arts in Theater and a Master of Science in Child Development, both from the U of A.

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!