Current Classes:

Class: Age: Chapter: Location: Day: Time: Start: End:
Acting Through the Ages (Bridge) 11-14 New Braunfels
(Spring 2024)
The CYT Blackbox Mon 6:30pm - 8:30pm Apr 01 May 20
Advanced Acting for Kids 8-12 New Braunfels
(Spring 2024)
The CYT Blackbox Mon 4:30pm - 6:00pm Apr 01 May 20
Audition Prep 8-12 New Braunfels
(Spring 2024)
The CYT Blackbox Thu 4:30pm - 6:00pm Apr 04 May 20
CYT Players 13-18 New Braunfels
(Spring 2024)
The CYT Blackbox Mon 6:30pm - 8:30pm Apr 01 May 20
Dance Through the Decades 13-18 New Braunfels
(Spring 2024)
The CYT Blackbox Mon 6:30pm - 8:30pm Apr 01 May 20
Illustrate with Procreate! 13-18 New Braunfels
(Spring 2024)
The CYT Blackbox Mon 6:30pm - 8:30pm Apr 01 May 20
Jazz for Kids 8-12 New Braunfels
(Spring 2024)
The CYT Blackbox Thu 4:30pm - 6:00pm Apr 04 May 20
Jazz for Teens 13-18 New Braunfels
(Spring 2024)
The CYT Blackbox Thu 6:30pm - 8:30pm Apr 04 May 20
Miscast Musicals 13-18 New Braunfels
(Spring 2024)
The CYT Blackbox Thu 6:30pm - 8:30pm Apr 04 May 20
Musical Theater - San Antonio 8-14 San Antonio
(Spring 2024)
Fellowship of San Antonio Thu 5:00pm - 6:30pm Apr 11 May 23
Musical Theater Dance 8-12 New Braunfels
(Spring 2024)
The CYT Blackbox Mon 4:30pm - 6:00pm Apr 01 May 20
Musical Theater Dance - San Antonio 10-16 San Antonio
(Spring 2024)
Fellowship of San Antonio Thu 5:00pm - 6:30pm Apr 11 May 23
Musical Theater for Kids - Mondays 8-12 New Braunfels
(Spring 2024)
The CYT Blackbox Mon 4:30pm - 6:00pm Apr 01 May 20
Musical Theater for Kids - Thursdays 8-12 New Braunfels
(Spring 2024)
The CYT Blackbox Thu 4:30pm - 6:00pm Apr 04 May 20
Musical Theater Voice 8-12 New Braunfels
(Spring 2024)
The CYT Blackbox Thu 4:30pm - 6:00pm Apr 04 May 20
Musical Theater Voice (Bridge) 11-14 New Braunfels
(Spring 2024)
The CYT Blackbox Thu 6:30pm - 8:30pm Apr 04 May 20
Our Gang - Mary Poppins 4-7 New Braunfels
(Spring 2024)
The CYT Blackbox Mon 4:30pm - 6:00pm Apr 01 May 20
Our Gang - Storytelling 6-7 New Braunfels
(Spring 2024)
The CYT Blackbox Thu 4:30pm - 6:00pm Apr 04 May 20
Our Gang- Mary Poppins - San Antonio 4-7 San Antonio
(Spring 2024)
Fellowship of San Antonio Thu 5:00pm - 6:30pm Apr 11 May 23
PropMakers Studio: From Concept to Creation 13-18 New Braunfels
(Spring 2024)
The CYT Blackbox Thu 6:30pm - 8:30pm Apr 04 May 20
Shakespeare for Teens 13-18 New Braunfels
(Spring 2024)
The CYT Blackbox Thu 6:30pm - 8:30pm Apr 04 May 20
Stage Makeup for Kids 8-12 New Braunfels
(Spring 2024)
The CYT Blackbox Mon 4:30pm - 6:00pm Apr 01 May 20
Voice for Teens - San Antonio 12-18 San Antonio
(Spring 2024)
Fellowship of San Antonio Thu 5:00pm - 6:30pm Apr 11 May 23
Voice for Teens: Les Misérables 13-18 New Braunfels
(Spring 2024)
The CYT Blackbox Mon 6:30pm - 8:30pm Apr 01 May 20

About

CYT offers classes for students ages 4-18 throughout the school year. Classes include drama, voice, dance, and behind-the-scenes training in makeup, costumes, tech, and more. Classes are held for one and a half to two hours once a week and run for ten consecutive weeks in Fall, Winter, and Spring sessions. Class sizes are small and offer supervision both inside and outside the classroom. Each session culminates in a high-energy showcase to demonstrate to family, friends, and fellow students the skills acquired.

Parents send their children to CYT classes to learn, and that's exactly what they will do! At the end of a CYT session, your student will come away with a new or improved skill in the area of emphasis. During the last week of class, a high-energy Showcase is presented by each class to show other students, family, and friends all that they've learned.

CYT registration fees cover the whole session. We think that's pretty cool! Sibling discounts are also applied on multi-sibling registrations. The session calendar can be found as a pdf at the top of this page. 

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 5-8 minute presentation of something they have learned and rehearsed during the session. Don't miss the action!

Curriculum

CYT offers a wide variety of classes, and they all enable students to gain valuable theater arts training, develop confidence and make friends! Our curriculums are developed by teachers, directors, and performers both at our local branch and from CYT Inc. These classes vary per session and are modified depending on the class.

Some of our classes include:
Wiggles and Giggles - An Introduction to the arts (4-5)
Our Gang - Theater Basics for Kids (6-7)
Acting 101 (8-12)
Voice for Kids (8-12)
Musical Theater for Kids (8-12)
Tap for Kids (8-12)
Hip Hop for Kids (8-12)
Voice for Teens (13-18)
Theatrical Street Jazz (13-18)
Shakespeare for Teens (13-18)
Off the Top of Your Head - Improv (13-18)
CYT Players - A One Act style acting class (13-18)
Set the Stage - an introduction to theatrical design (13-18)

Teachers

A CYT Teacher (or as we call them, Teaching Artist) has a mission is to train and instruct students in such a way as to promote the development of character, self-esteem, and confidence. Teaching Artists  are qualified and experienced in the area in which they teach. Many of them actively performing and working in the performing arts industry, or working as educators outside of CYT either in the education system or in dance studios, private studios, and more. They have been trained in the CYT methods of instruction and agree with the CYT values and outcome goals. All our Teaching Artists at CYT have been background checked and adhere to our CYT Mission and Values. Our Teaching Artists truly care about their students and provide a constructive and fun environment for them to learn!

We strive to not just teach theater arts skills in our classes, but life skills through the arts. All of our instruction is tailored to the students in our classes, and each instructor brings something different to the classes we offer. No two CYT classes will ever look the exactly the same!

FAQ's for Classes

How do I register for a class?
Set up a Family Account before you register for classes!
  1. Click on the "person" icon at top right corner of our website (to right of "DONATE" on any page).
  2. Click on "NEW ACCOUNT" in the pop up window.
  3. Fill out the information required, with the parent's info first.
  4. To add a child to the account, click on the +Family Member button.
If you are already have a Family Account, then (while logged in) follow these steps:
  1. Register for Classes- Go to the "Classes" page
  2. First select your "Student's Age"
  3. Click on the Class Name of your choice
  4. Click on the "Register Now" button
  5. Select the family member that will be in the class.
Are parents allowed to sit in during classes?
While we love to have parents involved at CYT, classes are closed. This is for several reasons. Some students do not perform well with parental supervision, and other students sometimes get nervous when another related parent is in the room. We also want the Showcase performance to be an awesome surprise for you and your family! If you feel like you need to sit in on a class for any reason, please contact our Class Coordinator.

What should we expect on the first day of class?
When you arrive, you'll be greeted by our staff and our HYPE team! We'll make sure we have you registered in the right class, then all parents and students will head into our Main Studio Room for a brief welcome meeting before the students head to class. If it is you first time in a CYT Class, one of our HYPE Students will be available to answer any questions and help your student feel at home! Our Class Coordinator will send out an email with specific instructions for the first night of class, so be on the lookout for that!

What does my child need to bring to class?
A water bottle, a pencil, closed toe shoes, and good attitude are all good things to have! If your child needs anything specific to their class (especially for dance classes) you should receive an email from your instructor detailing what you need.

What is the refund policy?
Refunds are not issued once classes begin. Classes cancelled two weeks before start date are subject to a $25 cancellation/processing fee. For any questions, please contact our Managing Director at md@cytsanantonio.org

I've already registered for a class, but I want to switch to a different class. Is that ok?
We are totally fine with students moving to another class. HOWEVER, any requests to move to another class must be submitted and approved two weeks before the class begins. If you need to switch classes in that two week time period, a $25 fee will apply.

Current Teachers:

Alliyah Campbell

Alliyah has been teaching with CYT for some time now and after taking a small break she is back and excited to teach again! Alliyah has been a dancer for most of her life! Her favorite dance styles are Hip-Hop, Ballet, and Jazz. She has attended many professional workshops and classes to develop her skills and grow as a dancer/performer. She is passionate about all things dance and loves to share her knowledge with students. CYT is a family affair for Alliyah as her younger sister D’Lani is a current CYT student, her older Brother has directed, and her Mom is a member of the CYT Board. Not only is Alliyah passionate about dance but she is also passionate about kids, she has taught kids since the early age of 8 years old and has no plans on stopping. Alliyah is excited to work with your students!


Bobby Tschoepe

A native Texan, Bobby Tschoepe is recent graduate of Texas Lutheran University receiving his Music Education degree with Vocal Emphasis. Bobby has performed in many environments, including church dramas, choirs, and several worship teams, including his home church, Northpoint. Bobby is currently an active performer at the Magik Theater in San Antonio and has also been seen at the The Public Theater of San Antonio (Newsies as Crutchie) and has also recently performed at the Zilker Hillside Theater in Austin in The Little Mermaid (Jetsam) & Shrek the Musical (Pinocchio). As a CYT alumni, Bobby has been in shows including Peter Pan Jr. and Seussical the Musical, and he has assisted with several seasons of CYT shows in multiple capacities, including directing, choreography, music, green room, tech and backstage crew. He enjoys helping kids develop the gifts and abilities God has given them. Bobby looks forward to working further with our awesome CYT students and parents this year, and looks forward to an awesome season of classes and shows! Psalms 92 and 103


Chelsea dePaula

Chelsea dePaula is a performer and choreographer whose passion is discovering other people’s strengths and creating opportunities for them to meet their potential. She holds a BFA in Dance and a M.Ed. in Talent Development from Texas State University, and has performed both in the USA and internationally (The Addams Family (Wednesday), RENT (Joanne), WILD (The Predator), Raw Arts Dance Festival (Dance Captain), Showtime Rock Festival, Jazz Nutcracker, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade). Chelsea currently trains with The Broadway Collective, and can often be seen singing in the worship team at Hope Arise UMC. Chelsea is so excited to share her experience and coach musical theatre students with CYT! Jonah 2:10


Devon Zukowski

I'm a mother of 3 and wife to Joe! I have a vocal performance degree from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor and LOVE jazz and blues and musical theatre! I'm so glad to be back teaching at CYT and to have my son and daughters try out for shows! We love our CYT family and think this is a very special safe place for kids to learn theater skills, music and dance. I have been the musical director for Aladdin Jr., Annie Jr. and Frozen Jr. and have also been the Director for The Little Mermaid!! My whole family was involved with CCT's Beauty and the Beast! We love CYT!


Jennifer Acevedo

Jennifer is very excited to be teaching Voice for Teens this semester at CYT! After teaching private studio voice for 14 years, Jennifer is ready to be back to coaching the next generation in their singing endeavors. Jennifer studied Choral & Instrumental Music Education at Ball State University and went on to perform professionally with Gaylord Entertainment, Opryland Productions, Cedar Fair Ltd., and Showbiz International. 25 years ago Jennifer laid down her professional music career to get married, raise a family, and serve the local church.Jennifer has led worship since she was 12 years old, been part of many ensembles and recordings, and shared the stage with many lifelong friends because of music. Most recent CCT shows you may have seen Jennifer in are: The Sound of Music (2021), Little Women (2022), and Beauty and the Beast (2023). When Jennifer is not onstage, you can find her spending time with her husband of 25 years, Mike, and their three daughters Lydia, Sophia, and Victoria.


Jeremiah Jordon

For the past 10 years, Jeremiah has performed and choreographed all around the state of Texas. As well as in New York and New Jersey. He is proud to say for the past 7 years he has choreographed and instructed students in the art of dance at CYT San Antonio and also CYT Austin. Most recently was nominated for an ATAC award for choreographing The Color Purple, Texas premiere, Jeremiah has set out to make this one a show that will keep the whole family in awe. Based in the greater Austin area, he has been blessed to be around family and friends that drive him and his work to grow in ways he never thought possible. Equipping those with the talents and skills he has acquired over the years is one of his many passions.


Mary Tschoepe

Mary is blessed to be the wife of Steve and the mother of Bobby and Tim and the mother-in-love of McKenna. She has been teaching in some capacity for 37 years. She became a part of the CYT family in 2013 when Bobby joined Encore as a performer and has been a behind the scenes partner ever since, supporting the endeavors of Bobby leading and Steve performing. Mary is thrilled and honored to join the team as an instructor this session. Mary began her teaching career in the inner city of San Antonio until Bobby was born and then homeschooled until both sons graduated. She currently teaches at a 1 day homeschool academy called Kaleo, tutors several students, and ministers to the littles of Northpoint Church. She is excited to sow into the kids of CYT the truth that God has created them with talents and abilities and a calling to glorify Him. Ephesians 2:10


MelRae Ambs

MelRae is excited to take on a new role at CYT/CCT in teaching sewing and technical theatre classes. Bringing excellence to these supporting elements is rewarding and essential to telling the story! A mom of 8, former speech & debate director, with a tech background (lights, sound, computer), MelRae and her family have been a part of several CYT shows and have served in many capacities, including costuming, specialty prop building, lighting, and LED Panel design.


Melodie Sartain


Nikki Marquez

First and foremost Nikki is a lover of Jesus, a wife to Tony, and a mother to her 2 boys. Nikki has been an instructor for over 10 years in the San Antonio community and in March 2023, she attained a dual bachelor of education and Special Education. Such classes as Shakespeare, Improv, and theater makeup, with some CORE & STEAM subjects, are her staples. She has been blessed to come from a theater background in her formative years with various roles as an actress, and assistant director, and worked for stage crew in such shows as Romeo & Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Grease. Nikki was also a proud member of her level 2 Jazz choir and won state 2 years in a row and participated in drill and color guard teams. She has sung on her local churches' worship teams and ran the praise team for kids' church which included minimal dance. Most recently she was able to join the cast of Beauty and the Beast (summer 2023) and Seussical (summer, 2022) and had a blast! Nikki takes every opportunity to be involved with the arts and supports her son Caedmon in all he is involved with at CYT!


Robyn Werner

Robyn is so excited to be returning as a teacher for another session! She has been married for 15 years and is the mama to five amazing kids. She first started studying musical theatre in high school at North East School of the Arts in San Antonio and went on to study musical theatre at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas. In recent years, she was Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast in Midland, TX and in both CCT’s Sound of Music (Sister Berthe) and Suessical (Bird Girl) She enjoys working with children and is currently a preschool teacher at First Baptist New Braunfels. She has loved being apart of the warm, welcoming community here at CYT and loves that her children are apart of it too. Ephesians 3:20


Saundra Decker

Saundra Decker began her dance and performance journey (a long time ago) at the age of 6. She was a competitive dancer, twirler and singer throughout her childhood accumulating over 100 national titles as well as over 1,000 awards for her performances. She graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in Theater Arts and a minor in dance. She was crowned Miss West Virginia in 1987 and competed at the 1988 Miss America Pageant where she received a non-finalist talent award and the Cavalier Talent Scholarship award. She was co-owner and instructor of Performer's Academy in San Antonio, Texas, a studio providing ballet, jazz, tap and baton twirling for all ages for over 10 years. As a choreographer, Mrs. Decker has also coached numerous State Champion colorguards for high schools in Texas and surrounding states. She homeschooled her daughter, Cassidy Decker for 9 years and has loved giving her the opportunities to grow and blossom with her God given gifts and talents. CYT has been a second home to Saundra and her family and she is more than excited to help her CYT students to learn, grow and become proficient and expressive in their dance skills.


Valerie Lietz

An Illinois transplant, Valerie, Marty, her husband of 27 years, and her four children have made their home in New Braunfels since 2010. With a bachelor’s degree in Music Education, Valerie has been teaching instrumental and vocal music for over 30 years. Valerie directs the three choirs at Grace Preparatory Academy, teaches privately, and sings on the worship team at her church. At CYT, Valerie has musically directed numerous main stage productions and summer camps and directed the 2021 production of Shrek. She loves investing in the lives of the young men and women at CYT, encouraging them to develop their God-g0iven gifts. Valerie would like to thank her family for supporting her on this journey, and the almighty God for His hand of grace and mercy!