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:
Create a Musical 10-14 Williamson County
(Winter 2020)
New Hope Community Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Nov 19 Jan 28
Dancing for the Non-Dancers 8-10 Williamson County
(Winter 2020)
New Hope Community Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Nov 19 Jan 28
Homage to Harmony: Vocal Class 13-18 Williamson County
(Winter 2020)
New Hope Community Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Nov 19 Jan 28
Nailing the Callback! 11-12 Williamson County
(Winter 2020)
New Hope Community Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Nov 19 Jan 28
Our Gang: Show Stoppers 4-7 Williamson County
(Winter 2020)
New Hope Community Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Nov 19 Jan 28
Stomp! 13-18 Williamson County
(Winter 2020)
New Hope Community Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Nov 19 Jan 28
[i] Sketch Comedy 13-18 Williamson County
(Winter 2020)
New Hope Community Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Nov 19 Jan 28


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.


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!


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.

Jessie Rodriguez

Jessie Rodriguez graduated from Vanderbilt University with degrees in Elementary Education and Theatre. While at Vanderbilt, she found her passion for theatre, acting in multiple productions with Vanderbilt Off-Broadway and Vanderbilt University Theatre. When not working with CYT, she teaches 3rd grade English Learners with Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. She has been involved with 10 CYT productions. She is glad to have found CYT, a perfect melding of her passion for faith, education, and theatre.

Katie Berger

Katie Berger is a playwright, composer, and teaching artist based in Nashville. She received her BFA in Musical Theatre from Northern Kentucky University and immediately began performing and teaching in professional theatre companies around the country. She is the author and composer of Full the Musical, which was staged in NYC this past summer. She loves her ukuleles, the musical Spring Awakening, and the band Hanson.

Patty Johnson

The Johnson’s moved here about a year ago from Houston where they were very involved in CYT. Patty was part of the CYT teaching staff, mainly teaching vocal classes but also volunteered in numerous shows helping with costumes, props, meals and front of house duties. She has a degree in Elementary Education, teaching in the public school system for 12 years and then homeschooling her 5 boys for the past 21 years. Her love of music and theatre goes back to high school where she was in several shows and has passed that love onto several of her sons. She has taught private piano lessons for over 20 years and has done some volunteer directing of children’s programs for her church. She is excited to join the CYT Nashville Family!

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!