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 Mary Poppins Returns 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
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.


Laurel LeBaron

Laurel has been involved in many capacities with CYT Santa Cruz. From Public Relations, Greenroom Mom, Special Activities to the Show Area Coordinator for Little Mermaid and our Summer Camps, Laurel has been an active member of the CYT family for years. Laurel has four grown children and her three children from her “Second Act” of motherhood are all involved in CYT classes, shows, Improv Team and Camp Counseling. Laurel’s background includes Elementary Ministries Director at Twin Lakes Church for 8 years and 15 years of Corporate Leadership Training and Development. Laurel is dedicated to sharing God’s love and grace with youth through Christian Youth Theater.


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

Rachele Chenowith started dancing at age four in Oakhurst, California. She danced on a competitive dance team for ten years, working with many different styles, at Velocity Dance Studio in the small-town foothills. She came to Santa Cruz in 2015 and has been apart of the dance program at Cabrillo College since she's started attending. She has choreographed for three of the Cabrillo Spring Dance Concerts and also choreographed a solo for last semesters Cabrillo Fall Dance Concert. Rachele has received both the Tandy Beal and Roberta Bristol scholarships at Cabrillo College, and is preparing to transfer to a four-year dance program in fall 2019. She also co-choreographs in the Santa Cruz community for Kianti’s dining and dancing shows. Rachele has performed in dance companies here in Santa Cruz. In 2017 she danced in Stephanie Emmanuela’s Masters thesis concert work for her company, Agua Done Dance, and continues to dance for Stephanie in the present. Urban Industry is a Hip Hop company that Casandra Hillman coordinated in 2016 that Rachele was apart of as well. This 2019 Winter Session is Rachele’s first time working with CYT and she is very excited to help contribute to the community.


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.