Current Classes:

Class: Age: Day: Time: Start: End: Area: Location:
Core Dance - Jazz with a Twist 8-15 Tuesday 4:30pm - 6:30pm Mar 13 May 31 Santa Cruz
(Spring 2018)
St. Abraham's Classical Christian Academy - Aptos
Creating a Believable Character 13-18 Thursday 4:30pm - 6:30pm Mar 13 May 31 Santa Cruz
(Spring 2018)
High Street Community Church
Improv Team 13-18 Thursday 4:30pm - 6:30pm Mar 13 May 31 Santa Cruz
(Spring 2018)
High Street Community Church
Makeup Magic for Theater 10-13 Thursday 4:30pm - 6:30pm Mar 13 May 31 Santa Cruz
(Spring 2018)
High Street Community Church
Musical Theater - You're a Good Man Charlie Brown 8-13 Tuesday 4:30pm - 6:30pm Mar 13 May 31 Santa Cruz
(Spring 2018)
St. Abraham's Classical Christian Academy - Aptos
Our Gang - Tarzan 5-7 Thursday 4:30pm - 6:30pm Mar 13 May 31 Santa Cruz
(Spring 2018)
High Street Community Church
Shadowbox Puppetry 8-13 Thursday 4:30pm - 6:30pm Mar 13 May 31 Santa Cruz
(Spring 2018)
High Street Community Church
Shakespearean Acting for Teens 14-18 Thursday 4:30pm - 6:30pm Mar 13 May 31 Santa Cruz
(Spring 2018)
High Street Community Church
Teaching/Terrific Teacher Aides 14-18 Tuesday 4:30pm - 6:30pm Mar 13 May 31 Santa Cruz
(Spring 2018)
St. Abraham's Classical Christian Academy - Aptos
The Greatest Show: Junior 10-12 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8:45am - 3:30pm Jul 16 Jul 20 Santa Cruz
(Summer 2018)
Twin Lakes Church

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 Gilchrist, CYT Student


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.


CYT offers a wide variety of classes, and they all enable students to gain valuable theater arts training, develop confidence and make friends!

There are currently over 50 different curriculum materials available in a variety of musical theater areas. For a complete listing click here. Please note these classes vary per session.


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.

Chelsea Miller

Though I graduated from UCSC with my Bachelor’s Degree in Intensive Psychology, I have always had a deep love for theater. The love started in elementary school and continued passed my senior year of high school. I was in theater all four years of high school and I finished off my senior year as the President of my high school Theater Department. During that time I was an actor, an improviser, a director, a writer, a singer, and a musical theater dancer. I continued comedy improv in college, having done a total of 5 years, and eventually went on to captain my own improv teams. I am a natural teacher and have a deep love for children. Aside from teaching at CYT, I babysit and have been a babysitter for about 9 years, I volunteer with Vintage Faith in their children’s ministry (kinder to first), and I just became a teacher’s aide at Happy Day’s Preschool. Though my career dream is to become a clinical psychologist, I have always wanted to teach and hoped that theater would circle its way back into my life. Becoming a part of CYT is such a blessing

Landon Baker

Landon is thrilled to be joining the CYT Santa Cruz family in his new position as Improv coach! Although he's really only been performing on stage for about 2 years, he has loved every opportunity that God has given him through CYT! Landon performed in four shows with CYT (Elf, Bridge to Terabithia, Little Mermaid and Peter Pan),  served as a stagehand and spot operator for two others, and performed on the improv team for 3 years before he aged out. He has interned for multiple CYT summer camps, both as a director and a choreographer, and recently was the intern director for Honk! Jr. and the ASM/backstage manager for CCT's production of Godspell. He has also performed with Cabrillo Stage in their production of the Addams Family Musical, as well as with Agape Dance Academy in productions of Coppelia, Swan Lake, and the Nutcracker. Landon is overjoyed for this opportunity to give back to the community that has helped him grow so much as an actor and human, and is excited to share his joy for theater and improv with you all!

Maddy Welty

Maddy Welty is a college student who just completed the Disney College Program at Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida. She has been performing since a young age and has a passion for theater. After years of participating in several CYT productions and camps Maddy is very excited to have the opportunity to finally teach a class!

Melanie Camras

Miss Melanie has been singing since '88, playing piano since '92, acting since '96, and performing/teaching music/theatre across the country with various children's theatre companies since 2001. She also teaches private piano/voice lessons and does childcare in Santa Cruz. Teaching for CYT is fun, inspiring, and challenging!

Natalie Leggett

Natalie is beyond excited to be a member of the CTY family this year! She's been an avid participant in the performing arts culture from a young age. She grew up doing all of the church productions which then led into starring in many of her high school plays and musicals. Over the last four years she's had the pleasure of touring Colorado with an elite team of actors, leading childrens improv and show writing camps, and filling her home with the sounds of Piano and voice. She looks forward to introducing and sharing the beauty that all aspects of the stage can bring to a person.

Sarah Preston

Sarah began her love of performing at the age of 5 and has participated in over 20 community theatre and dance performances. Sarah fell in love with directing during high school and assistant directed productions such as Cyrano, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Sarah also was a member of the International Thespian Society and received a bronze award for acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Before graduating from UC Santa Cruz in 2012 with a degree in Psychology, Sarah was a member of Comedy Joust, a competitive collegiate improv team, for two years. Sarah also teaches music and drama at St. Abraham's Classical Christian Academy. Sarah's passion lies in teaching that worship is not only singing, but it is using the resources and skills God has given us to glorify Him. She is excited for the opportunity to share God's love of creativity with the youth of Santa Cruz through CYT!

Tammy Miller

Tammy was on the forensics speech and readers theater teams at Biola University and has taught puppetry, readers theater and drama to children in music and drama camps. She is excited to be joining CYT to teach youth acting and shadow puppetry!

Tera Torchio

Tera Torchio was raised in Scotts Valley where in high school she was president of the Thespian Society. She later attended The American Music Dramatic Academy in Los Angles. She's spent the last several years of her life exploring the professional world of theatre, film and television. Tera has been working for CYT over 5 years now getting the honor of directing past shows such as Seussical, Annie and The Addams Family. She is extremely passionate about cultivating creativity in young people and showing them the love of God. A favorite quote: “A musical occurs when words can no longer suffice”- unknown