Current Classes:

Class: Age: Chapter: Location: Day: Time: Start: End:
Ballroom Dancing 101 12-18 Santa Cruz
(Fall 2019)
St. Abraham's Classical Christian Academy - Aptos Tue 4:30pm - 6:30pm Aug 13 Oct 24
Directing for Teens: The Basics 15-18 Santa Cruz
(Fall 2019)
Christian Life Center Thu 6:30pm - 8:30pm Aug 13 Oct 24
Double-Digit Acting: Our Town 10-18 Santa Cruz
(Fall 2019)
St. Abraham's Classical Christian Academy - Aptos Tue 4:30pm - 6:30pm Aug 13 Oct 24
Improv 101: Act 1 12-18 Santa Cruz
(Fall 2019)
Christian Life Center Thu 4:30pm - 6:30pm Aug 13 Oct 24
Improv 101: Act 2 12-18 Santa Cruz
(Fall 2019)
Christian Life Center Thu 6:30pm - 8:30pm Aug 13 Oct 24
Our Gang: Suessical Act 1 4-7 Santa Cruz
(Fall 2019)
St. Abraham's Classical Christian Academy - Aptos Tue 4:30pm - 6:30pm Aug 13 Oct 24
Our Gang: Suessical Act 2 4-7 Santa Cruz
(Fall 2019)
Christian Life Center Thu 4:30pm - 6:30pm Aug 13 Oct 24
Teen Musical Theater 13-18 Santa Cruz
(Fall 2019)
Christian Life Center Thu 6:30pm - 8:30pm Aug 13 Oct 24
Teen Tap: Crazy For You 12-18 Santa Cruz
(Fall 2019)
Christian Life Center Thu 4:30pm - 6:30pm Aug 13 Oct 24
Voice with Character 8-13 Santa Cruz
(Fall 2019)
Christian Life Center Thu 4:30pm - 6:30pm Aug 13 Oct 24
Youth Beginning Tap: 8-12 Santa Cruz
(Fall 2019)
St. Abraham's Classical Christian Academy - Aptos Tue 4:30pm - 6:30pm Aug 13 Oct 24
Youth Drama: Adventures in Drama 8-12 Santa Cruz
(Fall 2019)
Christian Life Center Thu 4:30pm - 6:30pm Aug 13 Oct 24
Youth Drama: Auditions & Callbacks 8-13 Santa Cruz
(Fall 2019)
Christian Life Center Thu 6:30pm - 8:30pm Aug 13 Oct 24

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!

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:

Adia Beaulieu

Adia is so excited to be teaching a class this session! Although this is her first time teaching a class with CYT, she is no stranger to the CYT community. Adia has been a part of CYT since she was 10 years old and has participated in 14 shows so far. She is also a member of HYPE, CYT's high school leadership group. Adia has been a part of CYT Summer camps for the past three years, where she recently was given the opportunity to choreograph the show was well as be a part-time vocal director. CYT is Adia's favorite place to be and she is so excited to be teaching the next generation of CYT stars!


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.


Joshua Westgate

Hi Friends and Family! I'm so excited to be teaching this year after my brief hiatus away from CYT! If you don't already know me, I am a CYT Santa Cruz Alumni. I was 15 when I first joined CYT and it forever changed my life and my relationship with God! Throughout my time at CYT I had the amazing privilege to learn from so many amazing teachers and mentors. I've been acting since Junior High and I cant wait to share all the tricks and tips I've learned over the last 10 years of my theater career with you! I hope all of you get to experience the magic that is CYT and I cant wait to meet all of you and explore the amazing gifts, talents, and stories that we all have!


Landon Baker

Landon has been a part of the CYT family since 2014. He 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. Following his involvement as a student, his experience includes: internships (summer camps, Honk Jr.), Assistant Stage Manager (CCT's Godspell, A Christmas Carol), Stage Manager (Alice in Wonderland, Tom Sawyer), and teaching various classes. He 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, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and the Nutcracker. Landon teaches Upper School Choir at St. Abraham's Classical Christian Academy, where he gets to work with his delightful wife Sarah. He's thrilled to have the opportunity to teach ballroom, as dance is very near and dear to his heart!


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.


Nanni Westgate

Hi CYT Families! I'm so excited to be teaching this session. In case you don't know me, here are a few fun facts; I have been involved with CYT for 3 years, and I am definitely not new to theater. I've been preforming since I was 9 years old, and to this day I still can't get enough of it. I graduated from Aptos High in 2015, and I am currently enrolled at Cabrillo College pursuing a degree in musical theater. Just like most people my age, I am very young at heart, and always willing to encourage students to catch the "theater bug!" Theater is a way of life and I can't wait to share it with you all.


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.