Current Classes:

Class: Age: Chapter: Location: Day: Time: Start: End:
Acting 101: An Original Play Written by Tera Torchio 8-18 Santa Cruz
(Fall 2021)
ReGeneration Church Thu 4:30pm - 6:30pm Sep 09 Nov 04
Hoofin’ It with Hamilton! - Adv. Beg./Int. Tap Class 12-18 Santa Cruz
(Fall 2021)
Agape Dance Studio Thu 6:30pm - 8:30pm Sep 09 Nov 04
Improv 101 12-18 Santa Cruz
(Fall 2021)
New Hope Community Church Thu 4:30pm - 6:30pm Sep 09 Nov 04
Noteworthy Vocals 8-14 Santa Cruz
(Fall 2021)
New Hope Community Church Thu 4:30pm - 6:30pm Sep 09 Nov 04
Our Gang: A Christmas Story 4-7 Santa Cruz
(Fall 2021)
ReGeneration Church Thu 4:30pm - 6:30pm Sep 09 Nov 04
We have missed your wonderful faces! We are excited to be together in person for fall under the current Day Camps guidance. Because we are an after-school enrichment program and not an accredited school nor a licensed child-care facility there is no specific guidance that fits our program precisely. Therefore, we have been advised to follow the Day Camps Guidance.  

We have designed our fall session to have smaller class sizes, outdoor areas, and/or larger spaces to allow more room for physical distancing, we require masks (unless you are exempt per CDPH guidelines), enhanced cleaning and sanitation measures, among other modifications designed with your safety in mind. 

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


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.


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!

How to Register

Set up a Family Account before you register for classes:
  1. Click on the "person" icon at top right corner of our website (to right of "DONATE" on any page).
  2. Click on "NEW ACCOUNT" in the pop up window.
  3. Fill out the information required, with the parent's info first.
  4. To add a child to the account, click on the +Family Member button.
If you are already have a Family Account, then (while logged in) follow these steps:
  1. Go to the "Classes" page
  2. First select your "Student's Age"
  3. Click on the Class Name of your choice
  4. Click on the "Register Now" button
  5. Select the family member that will be in the class
  6. You will now have an option to sign up for audition times. Auditions are not required.
  7. If you don't sign up now, you will have that option later in your family account

Current Teachers:

Layne Ahlstrom

Layne, a singer, actress and director, is passionate about the healing and expression that comes through performance art. Layne performed and produced theater productions throughout high school and temporarily as a theater minor at Seattle University. Layne views theater as a great opportunity for authentic empathy. Through her art, she aims to foster a healthy, full, expressive, loving understanding of each other and ones self. She loves spending time with her goofy family, her wild Border Collie pup "Shep" & living/working in San Francisco with her friends! She also ALWAYS love to bust a move.

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 has also worked locally as a dance company manager and class instructor, 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.

Mikey Bruce

Mikey Bruce was raised in Quincy, California, but also frequently visited the Santa Cruz area growing up and eventually moved to Scotts Valley in 2016. During his senior year of high school, he spontaneously auditioned for the Spring production of "Guys and Dolls" scoring the main role of Nathan Detroit. During that production, members of CYT encouraged him to audition for their shows. Starting that summer, Mikey performed "Hunchback of Notre Dame", "Seussical". and "Cinderella". After his last show, Mikey stayed involved in acting though improv at Cabrillo college and teaching the Our Gang class for Tuck Everlasting. With the theatre world starting up again, he is stoked to share his excitement and passion about musical theatre!

Patrick Pulpan

Hey y'all, my name is Patrick! I'm a bay area native who started my stage career in Cabrillo Stage's "CHICAGO" and "Beauty & the Beast" along side former CYT Camp Director, Catrina Contini. I recently moved back to SC after being in New York City the past four years doing stand up comedy and being apart of the Broadway Comedy Club's children improv team "8 @ Eight". I'm overjoyed to be teaching improv classes this Fall and cannot wait to meet you all in person!

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