Current Staff Members:

Angelic Navarro

Angelic is delighted to be the Artistic Director of CYT Santa Cruz! Her first memory was dancing on stage at the age of 4 and she has loved the stage ever since. She has over 30 years of multi-dance training, over 20 years of teaching experience, and 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 directed and choreographed over 10 musicals with All About Theatre. She appreciates CYT for its mission to “developing character in children and adults through training in the arts and by producing wholesome family entertainment”. She believes CYT is a great blend for her love of Musical Theater and her convictions of living out a purposeful Christ-filled life. She hopes to leave a legacy that is sincere and authentic, written on the hearts of those she shares life with. 2 Corinthians 3:2-3 “You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts”.

Denise Ahlstrom

Denise is honored to serve CYT Santa Cruz as the Chapter Coordinator for Shows. Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, His compassions never fail. They are new every morning, great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22,23

Tamara Dunton

Tamara is excited to join the CYT Santa Cruz Staff as the bookkeeper.

Cheryl Aguirre

Cheryl is our Fundraiser Chair!

Jennifer McPherson

Jennifer is excited to be joining the CYT staff. Her family has been part of CYT for the last 4 years. Her children have grown in confidence and character through the community and support that can be found at CYT. Jennifer looks forward to serving the people who have embraced her family and made a difference in their lives. Isaiah 43:1

Michelle Bjorkman

Michelle is excited to be joining the CYT family as Branch Coordinator and 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.