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:
Broadrock 11-12 Williamson County
(Winter 2021)
New Hope Community Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Nov 10 Jan 26
Long Form Improv 13-18 Williamson County
(Winter 2021)
New Hope Community Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Nov 10 Jan 26
Musical Staging 101 11-18 Williamson County
(Winter 2021)
New Hope Community Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Nov 10 Jan 26
Our Gang: The Art of Storytelling 4-7 Williamson County
(Winter 2021)
New Hope Community Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Nov 10 Jan 26
Tap II (2) 12-18 Williamson County
(Winter 2021)
New Hope Community Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Nov 10 Jan 26
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work 8-10 Williamson County
(Winter 2021)
New Hope Community Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Nov 10 Jan 26

Curriculum

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 curriculum materials available in a variety of musical theater areas. For a complete listing click here. Please note these classes vary per session.

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!

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.

Current Teachers:

Clara Martinez

Clara is very thankful to be involved with CYT Nashville. She moved to Nashville from California in 2015 with her husband and 2 kids. She received her degree in Communications with an emphasis in theater in 2001 from Azusa Pacific University. She and her husband ran a non-profit theatre company in California from 2004-2008 and she has choreographed numerous productions for educational theater. She currently works for Williamson County School District as a bookkeeper for Bethesda Elementary School.


Elise Horecka

Elise Horecka grew up in Nashville and began her dance training at the age of 4. Her theatre training started a few years later, and she eventually found a true passion in creating and teaching. After working as a choreographer and dance teacher in various theatre and dance programs since she was 16, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Entertainment Industry Studies and Theatre at Belmont University. She loves her CYT family, and is so happy God led her here.


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.


John Yates

John grew up in Melbourne, Florida before moving to Nashville in 2009. He has a Bachelors Degree in Communications from Florida State University and a Masters Degree in Business. Since 2011 he has run his own photography business and is thankful to get to travel the world doing what he loves. John is a self professed comedy nerd. His improv group produces its own variety shows and has opened for Nashville Shakes and performed at The Third Coast Improv Festival. He is excited to share his love of comedy and performing at CYT Nashville!


Michelle Copeland

Michelle was born and raised in Franklin TN, and is a Cyt alumni. Practically anything that involves the arts or music you can count her in for! Currently she works in childcare and is a part time photographer. Theatre has been apart of her life from a very early age when she performed in musicals at her church, and since then has been in lots of cyt classes and shows. Although she is not pursing theatre full time, it is still a passion of hers and she hopes to glorify God and share her gifts with others.


Peter Horecka

A 2017 graduate of the Lutheran affiliated Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN), I am currently a freelance Audio Engineer in the greater Nashville area. Growing up in Franklin with current CYT Leadership Team member Elise Horecka, I spent my childhood performing with the Starbright and Pulltight community theatre programs, developing a passion for musical theatre and performance. After a quick, two-year stint playing junior hockey in central Canada, I spent the next four years at Gustavus, earning a degree in Communication Studies while also studying vocal performance and performing with the premier concert choir. Joining CYT Nashville is an exciting opportunity as I get to rekindle my passion for musical theatre and performance with the bright, talented young performers here in my hometown. Looking forward to a fun ride!


Quinn Gorte

Quinn was born outside of Detroit, Michigan, and moved to Nashville, Tennessee, when she was nine. Soon after the move, Quinn caught the acting/triple-threat bug and has been thoroughly enjoying every chance God gives her to pursue her passion for acting and musical theatre ever since. Quinn is a recent graduate of Lipscomb University, where she majored in Journalism and New Media. Her goal in life is to shine God's love for His children to the world through the entertainment industry and any other opportunity the Lord gives her. You can see Quinn in her latest film, Remember the Goal, on Amazon Prime.