Current Classes:

Class: Age: Chapter: Location: Day: Time: Start: End:
African Drumming for Youth 8-13 Santa Cruz
(Winter 2019)
Christian Life Center Thu 4:30pm - 6:30pm Jan 08 Mar 21
CCT Choir: Hunchback of Norte Dame 16-79 Santa Cruz
(Winter 2019)
Christian Life Center Thu 6:30pm - 8:30pm Jan 08 Mar 21
Contemporary Dance (10-15) 10-15 Santa Cruz
(Winter 2019)
St. Abraham's Classical Christian Academy - Aptos Tue 4:30pm - 6:30pm Jan 08 Mar 21
Improv Devoloping Team 12-18 Santa Cruz
(Winter 2019)
Christian Life Center Thu 4:30pm - 6:30pm Jan 08 Mar 21
Improv Team 12-18 Santa Cruz
(Winter 2019)
Christian Life Center Thu 6:30pm - 8:30pm Jan 08 Mar 21
Jack Wilkins' Epic Show Choir of Awesomeness 13-18 Santa Cruz
(Winter 2019)
Christian Life Center Thu 4:30pm - 6:30pm Jan 08 Mar 21
Our Gang 5-7 Santa Cruz
(Winter 2019)
St. Abraham's Classical Christian Academy - Aptos Tue 4:30pm - 6:30pm Jan 08 Mar 21
Our Gang: Santa Cruz 5-8 Santa Cruz
(Winter 2019)
Christian Life Center Thu 4:30pm - 6:30pm Jan 08 Mar 21
Teen Acting: Shakespeare 13-18 Santa Cruz
(Winter 2019)
Christian Life Center Thu 4:30pm - 6:30pm Jan 08 Mar 21
Winter Improv Cast 12-18 Santa Cruz
(Winter 2019)
Christian Life Center Thu 4:30pm - 6:30pm Jan 08 Mar 21
Youth Acting: Sensational Sidekicks! 8-13 Santa Cruz
(Winter 2019)
Christian Life Center Thu 6:30pm - 8:30pm Jan 08 Mar 21
Youth Dance: Harry Potter 8-13 Santa Cruz
(Winter 2019)
Christian Life Center Thu 4:30pm - 6:30pm Jan 08 Mar 21
Youth Dance: Sponge Bob Squarepants 8-15 Santa Cruz
(Winter 2019)
Christian Life Center Thu 6:30pm - 8:30pm Jan 08 Mar 21
Youth Musical Theater: Aladdin 8-13 Santa Cruz
(Winter 2019)
St. Abraham's Classical Christian Academy - Aptos Tue 4:30pm - 6:30pm Jan 08 Mar 21

I truly believe that God sent me to CYT as a kind of a Guardian Angel to help me with my task of overcoming anxiety.


Katie G., CYT Student

Teachers

A CYT Teacher’s mission is to train and instruct students in such a way as to promote the development of character, self-esteem, and confidence. CYT teachers are qualified and experienced in the area in which they teach. They have been trained in the CYT methods of instruction and agree with the CYT values and outcome goals.  All CYT teachers have been background checked and adhere to our CYT Mission and Values. Our teachers truly care about their students and provide a constructive and fun environment for them to learn.

Showcase

Parents, friends, and relatives are invited to attend CYT's Showcase performance on the last day / evening of classes, free of charge! Showcase is the grand finale of each session of classes, at which every class makes a 5-10 minute presentation of something they have learned and rehearsed during the session. Don't miss the action!

Current Teachers:

Angelic Navarro

Angelic is delighted to be the Artistic Director of CYT Santa Cruz! She has over 30 years of multi-dance training in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Polynesian, Hawaiian, Cheerleading, Contemporary/Modern, and Hip Hop and over 7 years of Theater experience. Angelic is also a mother of 3, a dance instructor, and the dance and theater teacher at Spring Hill School in Santa Cruz. She has written and directed over a dozen original musical productions for the Spring Hill School Community, and also Directed, Co-Directed, and choreographed over 10 musicals with All About Theatre. She is honored to be a part of the CYT family.


Bonnie Evans

Graduated from Biola University with a BA in Communications (Theater Arts emphasis) and a minor in Bible. Teacher and director for CYT since 2011. Directed: ALADDIN, JUNGLE BOOK, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, LITTLE MERMAID and four Music Camps. Grew up in theater with starring and supporting roles in: I REMEMBER MAMA, MAME, SKIN OF OUR TEETH (Gladys), OKLAHOMA (Laurie), A MIDSUMMER'S NIGHTS DREAM (Hermia), LITTLE WOMEN (Beth) and THE WIZARD OF OZ. Also, very active in ministry at Twin Lakes Church. Married to Steve for over 30 years; two adult sons and a daughter-in-law.


Jack Wilkins

Jack Wilkins is an award winning tenor born and raised in Watsonville, CA. He recently finished his undergraduate studies at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSULB, receiving a bachelors degree, with honors, in vocal performance. Jack is a working musician, most recently playing the role of Jenik in the CSULB Opera Institute’s production of The Bartered Bride. Jack has had the privilege of soloing in major productions of Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Great Mass, Weil’s Down in the Valley, and many musical theater productions. Jack also loves to teach, especially young singers. He frequently vocal directs for Christian Youth Theater (CYT) Santa Cruz, as well as with Monte Vista Christian School, and teaches voice privately.


Michelle Bjorkman

Michelle is excited to be joining the CYT family as an instructor, having graduated with honors from SJSU with a B.A. in Child Development, and a concentration in theater and dance. During her 30+ years in the arts, she has worked with performers of all ages, directing and choreographing dozens of productions in professional, children's, community, and educational theater environments. She has served the Christian community as an elementary school teacher and is now currently homeschooling her own four children. Michelle also works as a dance instructor and Company Manager for the International Academy of Dance, specializing in Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Modern, and Zumba dance fitness. Each summer, she looks forward to the highlight of leading weekly dance parties for the Mount Hermon Family Camps.


Rachele Chenowith


Renée Roberts

Renée has professionally performed and taught theatre for almost 20 years. She taught and directed for CYT-Spokane, Kidstage, & Missoula Children’s Theatre. Renee holds a BA in Theatre from Whitworth University, where she studied theatre, dance, and vocal performance. While at Whitworth, she was honored with the Theatre Limelight Award. Some favorite roles include Sarah from “Guys And Dolls”, Elsa from “Sound of Music”, and Tzeitel from “Fiddler On The Roof”. Fun fact: Renée met her real-life husband while in “Fiddler”; she played Tzeitel and he played Motel. They were married five times a week; five years later they were married in real life. They have two children. Renée loves theatre and loves introducing theatre to the next generation.


Stephen Pickens

Stephen Pickens first fell in love with theater when he played the role of a guard in CYT Santa Cruz’s second ever production, Aladdin Jr. Over the course of his time with CYT, Stephen participated in over 10 shows and helped represent CYT Santa Cruz twice at CYT’s annual Improvathon competition. Stephen just recently finished his undergraduate degree at Northwest University where he studied Marketing and was a member of the on campus improv team for 3 years. Stephen currently works as a graphic designer in Santa Cruz and could not be more excited to give back to the CYT community.