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:
Acting for Teens 13-18 Williamson County
(Spring 2022)
The Gate Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Mar 08 May 17
Acting for the Screen 13-18 Williamson County
(Spring 2022)
The Gate Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Mar 08 May 17
Character Development: Who Am I? 8-12 Williamson County
(Spring 2022)
The Gate Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Mar 08 May 17
CYT@School: Highlights from The Lion King 4-12 CYT@school
(Spring 2022)
Thales Academy Thu 3:15pm - 4:15pm Apr 07 Jun 09
Dance of the Golden Age Movie Musical 13-18 Williamson County
(Spring 2022)
The Gate Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Mar 08 May 17
Disney Dance Styles 8-12 Williamson County
(Spring 2022)
The Gate Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Mar 08 May 17
Musical Movement Ensemble 8-12 Williamson County
(Spring 2022)
The Gate Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Mar 08 May 17
Our Gang 4-7 Williamson County
(Spring 2022)
The Gate Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Mar 08 May 17
Teen Musical Theatre Vocal Masterclass 13-18 Williamson County
(Spring 2022)
The Gate Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Mar 08 May 17

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 courses available in a variety of musical theater areas focusing on acting, singing and dancing. 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!

Safety

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! www.cyt.org/safety-scene

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:

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.


Emma Rose Williamson

A CYT alum, Emma Rose is currently a sophomore 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!


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!


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.


Sam Evangelista

Sam Evangelista 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!


Tyler Russell

Tyler Russell grew up in Washington state, where he was involved with CYT Vancouver for 8 years. In addition to CYT, Tyler acted professionally in and around Portland, OR throughout high school. In 2011, at 18, Tyler's entire family relocated to Nashville, where he started getting into songwriting and music, and was part of the early years of CYT Nashville. In 2015 he graduated from Lipscomb University where he received his BFA in Theater with a major in Directing and a minor in Musical Theatre performance. Tyler is passionate about using entertainment and the arts to impact the world and shine a light in the darkness. He is so thankful to be part of CYT, and to be back teaching classes. In addition to theater, Tyler is a writer, a singer and a mega coffee drinker!