CYT offers classes over the course of three sessions during the school year: Fall, Winter, and Spring. Weekly classes last for two hours and run for ten consecutive weeks. A variety of classes are offered in drama, voice, dance, and specialty classes that vary per session. Most of the classes are small to insure personal attention and growth.

At the end of a CYT session, students will come away with improved skills in the area of emphasis. During the last week of class, a high-energy showcase is presented by each class to demonstrate to other students, family, and friends what they have learned.

Current Classes:

Class: Age: Chapter: Location: Day: Time: Start: End:
Acing the Callback - Cold Reading 8-12 Williamson County
(Winter 2023)
The Gate Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Nov 08 Jan 24
Acting the Song 13-18 Williamson County
(Winter 2023)
Grace Chapel Thu 6:00pm - 8:00pm Nov 10 Jan 26
Audition Workshop - Finding Joy In The Process 8-12 Williamson County
(Winter 2023)
Grace Chapel Thu 6:00pm - 8:00pm Nov 10 Jan 26
Broadway Jazz 8-12 Williamson County
(Winter 2023)
The Gate Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Nov 08 Jan 24
CYT at School: Frozen 4-12 CYT@school
(Fall 2022)
Thales Academy Thu 3:15pm - 4:15pm Oct 20 Dec 15
CYT@School: Highlights from Mulan 4-12 CYT@school
(Winter 2023)
Thales Academy Thu 3:15pm - 4:15pm Jan 12 Mar 09
Dancing with Disney 8-12 Williamson County
(Winter 2023)
Grace Chapel Thu 6:00pm - 8:00pm Nov 10 Jan 26
Dancing with Emotion through Musical Theater 13-18 Williamson County
(Winter 2023)
The Gate Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Nov 08 Jan 24
From Page to Stage 13-18 Williamson County
(Winter 2023)
The Gate Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Nov 08 Jan 24
Our Gang 4-7 Williamson County
(Winter 2023)
The Gate Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Nov 08 Jan 24
Scene Study - Making Interesting Acting Choices 13-18 Williamson County
(Winter 2023)
Grace Chapel Thu 6:00pm - 8:00pm Nov 10 Jan 26
Scripted Improv 13-18 Williamson County
(Winter 2023)
The Gate Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Nov 08 Jan 24
Typecast-Miscast 8-12 Williamson County
(Winter 2023)
The Gate Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Nov 08 Jan 24


CYT offers a wide variety of classes, and they all enable students to gain valuable theater arts training, develop confidence and make friends!

There are currently over 50 different courses available in a variety of musical theater areas focusing on acting, singing and dancing. Please note these classes vary per session.


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!


CYT is committed to putting safety first at all times. The Safety Scene program is a CYT National initiative that goes well beyond background checks in its work to prevent, detect, and respond to physical, emotional, verbal, and sexual abuse in CYT programming. 
Any act of abuse is unacceptable and stands counter to CYT’s beliefs. CYT is committed to maintaining a community where all participants can work and learn together free of harassment, misconduct or abuse of any kind, including verbal, emotional, physical and sexual.
Explore our National Safety Scene page to learn more!


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.

Current Teachers:

Amy Blackwood

Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago Amy got involved with CYT when she was 12 and continued in the program until she graduated at age 18. Amy then went on to choreograph 20 plus shows for CYT Chicago. Some of her favorites included Beauty and the Beast, High School Musical (which she Directed) and Jungle Book. Amy has always had a love for Musical Theater and dance. She studied dance at Belmont University in Nashville, and then continued her training at Columbia College in Chicago. Amy moved to Missouri and was fortunate to be able to teach for CYT Kansas. Finding her way back to Nashville along with her family, Amy was excited to choreograph CYT Nashville’s first musical "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" in 2013. Amy went on to help direct and choreograph some other favorites including Aladdin, Frog and Toad and Annie. Taking a break from theater Amy went back to school to complete her nursing degree. She is now loving working at Centennial Women’s hospital on the high risk OB unit. Amy’s husband Eric is a Franklin native and together they are happily raising their daughter Annabelle who is a 2nd grader at Thales Academy. Her favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11: "For I know the plans that I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope."

Cassie Trabucco

Cassie Trabucco was born in New York but grew up in Nashville doing any kind of music or musical theater she could find. She studied performance at Columbia State Community College and later graduated from MTSU with a degree in Integrated Studies with emphasis on Musical Theater and Dance. While in college, she performed and led worship across the country with a Christian/Catholic band. She teaches private voice lessons, sings on demos in Nashville and has recently turned her attention to songwriting and recording. Cassie is so excited to be working at CYT and looks forward to learning from every person and experience.

Clara Martinez

Clara spent most of her childhood singing, dancing and performing. She has many years of training in dance and vocal performance. She focused her attention soley on Musical Theater in college at Azusa Pacific University where she received her degree in Communications with a Theater emphasis. She started choreographing musicals after graduating from college and with her husband Jeff started a non-profit professional theater company in the Los Angeles area in California. She has worked as a Choreographer at the college and professional level but her absolute favorite is Children's Theater! She moved to Tennessee in 2015 with her husband and 2 kids and is thrilled to have found CYT Nashville to continue using her gifts to teach kids and watch them grow and shine!

Courtney Edwards

God gave Courtney a passion for dance at a very young age, but He gave her an even deeper passion to teach. Courtney has had the honor of teaching and choreographing for professional and private dance companies throughout Southern California for over 20 years. Her trained styles include Jazz, Modern, Lyrical and Musical Theater or Broadway. It is her goal to teach with a loving heart, to inspire creativity, and to instill a confidence in each student’s unique abilities on and off stage. She is honored to be able to help her students find their gifts from God and learn how to share them with any audience! Every opportunity God has given Courtney has been the greatest blessing including moving here to Tennessee in 2021 with her husband, three kiddos and two dogs. She is beyond excited to start working with CYT Nashville!

Emma Rose Williamson

A CYT alum, Emma Rose is currently a junior at Lipscomb University pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre. She has grown up in the music industry from the time she was little, and is currently a session singer in the area. She has sung on multiple projects for Disney, Musical Theater International, Word Records, and more. She has been dancing since she was 3, and started doing theatre early on in high school with professional theatre companies such as Studio Tenn and the Atlanta Musical Theatre Fest. Her plan after graduation is to perform in any capacity, whether that means moving to New York, touring with a show, or working at Disney. She is ecstatic to return as a teacher again this year, and can’t wait to learn from her students!

Jason Minor

Growing Up just out outside of Washington DC Jason was able to start his theater career in local dinner theaters. From that point, he had a manager in Maryland with Agents in NY which would allow him to land several national commercials. Eventually this led to an International Tour of the Sound Of Music with Debbie Boone, allowing him the opportunity to perform in Japan for 6 weeks after touring the US. Soon after, Jason went on to the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam CT to star in an off Broadway production of The Little Rascals as Spanky. From this show, he was cast in the Broadway production of Teddy and Alice. Shortly after the close of Teddy and Alice, this led to an opportunity to do the National tour, which eventually went to Broadway, Gypsy with Tyne Daly. While touring Jason was able to audition for the New Mickey Mouse Club airing weekdays on the Disney Channel. By the time Gypsy started on Broadway, Jason had accepted the opportunity to relocate to Orlando and join the MMC for the next 3 seasons. After completing his 3rd season, Jason went back to finish High School in MD, perform is school musicals and become a regular High School student. He attended UCLA's Theater/Film School for one year before moving to Nashville in 1997 with his high school band to try their talents in country music. Jason met his wife Amanda, a native Nashvillian (from Mt Juliet). They have 3 awesome children and now one grandchild. After watching Owen from the audience all of these years, he is extremely excited to be working with CYT to help guide the students to confidence in their creative decisions, see their growth, grow in confidence but most of all to remember they are not defined by what they can or cannot do on the stage. He is VERY excited to be a part of Nashville CYT!

Jeff Martinez

Jeff has worked as a theatrical producer and director for numerous productions throughout the Los Angels area in California over the past 20 years. He holds a degree in Communications with a Media Studies emphasis from Azusa Pacific University. He moved to Tennessee in 2015 with his wife and 2 kids, where he now works for Ramsey Solutions. He is very thankful for the opportunity to work with CYT Nashville and share his passion for theatre with the next generation.

Megan Roberts

Discovering theatre in her hometown's community theatre at the age of 7, Megan has been passionate about pursuing the performing arts ever since. Performing and working in all areas of theatre throughout high school, she then went on to earn her Technical Certificate and Associate's Degree in Commercial Entertainment from Columbia State Community College. After graduating, Megan has worked professionally and in community theatre around the Nashville area. After returning home from attending a Discipleship Training School (focused in the performing arts) with Youth with a Mission (YWAM) in 2020, she has been writing and directing skits with the youth group at her home church, and teaching theatre at the Boys and Girls Club with Watershed Public Theatre. Megan is so excited to be joining the CYT team and continue to teach what she is passionate about to the next generation (and learn more herself!).

Noel Lvovsky

Noel was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She studied acting at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Circle in the Square and has been working professionally as an actor, singer, dancer, director, producer, and teacher in LA for more years than she’d like to admit. She is blessed beyond measure to call Tennessee her new home with her husband and 2 children. She’s even more thankful to have the opportunity to teach at CYT, Nashville. God is great!

Raquel Lenhart

Raquel is thrilled to have relocated to Tennessee from Los Angeles, where she resided for the past eighteen years. Having earned a Master’s Degree in Theater from California State University, Northridge, and an Interdisciplinary Studies Field Bachelor’s Degree from UC Berkeley, Raquel has been fortunate to make a living both as an actress, producer, and acting teacher. Her passion to tell stories and honor the playwrights is apparent through her craft. As a SAG-AFTRA member, Raquel has been a part of many films, including A Life Lived, with Denise Richards, Deception, with Sonia Curtis, and The Extendables, with Brian Thompson, to name a few. On stage, Raquel has starred in and produced the award-winning musical The Night of the Black Cat which ran for about a year. Other theater credits include The Bacchae, at the Getty Villa in Malibu, The Miser, California Suite, Beyond Therapy, and The Doctor Despite Himself. Raquel has also worked as an actress in Brazil, Argentina, and Greece. Raquel has over twenty years of teaching experience and is delighted to join the CYT team. Her passion for helping others develop their talents and expand their creativity through a safe environment is evident through her teaching. Raquel’s light sense of humor and positivity create great learning and exploratory experiences for all.

Sam Shelby

Sam grew up in Franklin, TN and is a Mississippi State University alumna. She graduated with an Interdisciplinary Studies degree, concentrating in Music, Public Relations and Marketing. At MSU, Sam concentrated in vocal performance, studying opera. During her time as a student she traveled with the State Singers Choir on yearly tours across the country and had the opportunity to sing in Spain. Aside from opera and choral music, Sam continued singing in various competitions on campus and was a 1st place talent show winner, the 2019 Battle of the Bands Winner, and was an opening act for T-Pain at MSU’s Bulldog Bash. Now, she lives in Nashville and is a Promotion Coordinator. Sam is so excited to be a part of this amazing group this year and cannot wait to meet all of the talented students at CYT!