Current Classes:

Class: Age: Chapter: Location: Day: Time: Start: End:
Adventures in Acting 8-13 Santa Cruz
(Winter 2020)
Christian Life Center Thu 4:30pm - 6:30pm Nov 05 Feb 20
Barbershop Quartet: Teen Voice 13-18 Santa Cruz
(Winter 2020)
Christian Life Center Thu 4:30pm - 6:30pm Nov 05 Feb 20
CCT Improv Basics 16-79 Santa Cruz
(Winter 2020)
Christian Life Center Thu 6:30pm - 8:30pm Nov 05 Feb 20
Dance: Barn Raising Hootenanny 8-15 Santa Cruz
(Winter 2020)
Christian Life Center Thu 6:30pm - 8:30pm Nov 05 Feb 20
Our Gang: Cinderella Act 2 5-7 Santa Cruz
(Winter 2020)
Christian Life Center Thu 4:30pm - 6:30pm Nov 05 Feb 20
Script Writing & Filming 10-18 Santa Cruz
(Winter 2020)
Christian Life Center Thu 6:30pm - 8:30pm Nov 05 Feb 20
Teen Stage Combat Sword Fighting 101 14-18 Santa Cruz
(Winter 2020)
Christian Life Center Thu 6:30pm - 8:30pm Nov 05 Feb 20
Youth Stage Combat Sword Work 101 9-13 Santa Cruz
(Winter 2020)
Christian Life Center Thu 4:30pm - 6:30pm Nov 05 Feb 20

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:

Angela Lopes

Angela has been apart of CYT Santa Cruz since the very beginning back in 2011. She is "CYT Grown" and has been apart of many CYT shows both on and off stage. Most recently she has been working with Cabrillo College as a Stage Manager this fall! Angela has a passion for working with kids and loves how theater helps kids grow through creativity while using their imagination. She is super excited to be back teaching and hope you let your creativity flow!


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.


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.