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 is Art 13-18 Williamson County
(Fall 2021)
Journey Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Aug 17 Oct 19
Be the Light! 13-18 Williamson County
(Fall 2021)
Journey Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Aug 17 Oct 19
Beginner Tap 8-12 Williamson County
(Fall 2021)
Journey Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Aug 17 Oct 19
Comedic Relief 8-12 Williamson County
(Fall 2021)
Journey Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Aug 17 Oct 19
CYT@School Goes to the Movies! 4-11 CYT@school
(Fall 2021)
Thales Academy Thu 3:15pm - 4:15pm Oct 21 Dec 16
Hip Hop Dance in Musicals 8-12 Williamson County
(Fall 2021)
Journey Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Aug 17 Oct 19
Intro to Improv 12-18 Williamson County
(Fall 2021)
Journey Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Aug 17 Oct 19
Musical Theater Choreography 13-18 Williamson County
(Fall 2021)
Journey Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Aug 17 Oct 19
The Our Gang Muppets 4-7 Williamson County
(Fall 2021)
Journey Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Aug 17 Oct 19

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:

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."


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.


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!


Taylor Ruscitti

Taylor Ruscitti grew up doing CYT Chicago and did 19 shows with them before graduating. She now studies Biochemistry at Belmont University with a minor in Dance and is glad to now be involved with CYT Nashville. Taylor just spent a semester as part of the Disney College Program where she worked at Animal Kingdom and is excited to bring her new appreciation of Disney back to Nashville!


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!