Current Classes:

Class: Age: Chapter: Location: Day: Time: Start: End:
Acting 101 8-12 New Braunfels
(Winter 2023)
The CYT Blackbox Thu 4:30pm - 6:00pm Dec 08 Feb 23
Audition Prep - Auditions and Callbacks! 13-18 New Braunfels
(Winter 2023)
The CYT Blackbox Thu 6:30pm - 8:30pm Dec 08 Feb 23
CYT Players 13-18 New Braunfels
(Winter 2023)
The CYT Blackbox Mon 6:30pm - 9:00pm Dec 05 Feb 20
Dance for Kids - Encanto 8-12 New Braunfels
(Winter 2023)
The CYT Blackbox Mon 4:30pm - 6:00pm Dec 05 Feb 20
Musical Theater Dance - Hairspray! 13-18 New Braunfels
(Winter 2023)
The CYT Blackbox Mon 6:30pm - 8:30pm Dec 05 Feb 20
Musical Theater for Kids (Mondays) 8-12 New Braunfels
(Winter 2023)
The CYT Blackbox Mon 4:30pm - 6:00pm Dec 05 Feb 20
Musical Theater for Kids (Thursdays) 8-12 New Braunfels
(Winter 2023)
The CYT Blackbox Thu 4:30pm - 6:00pm Dec 08 Feb 23
Our Gang - Storytelling! 6-7 New Braunfels
(Winter 2023)
The CYT Blackbox Mon 4:30pm - 6:00pm Dec 05 Feb 20
Shakespeare for Teens 13-18 New Braunfels
(Winter 2023)
The CYT Blackbox Thu 6:30pm - 8:30pm Dec 08 Feb 23
Sketch Writing and Comedy 13-18 New Braunfels
(Winter 2023)
The CYT Blackbox Thu 6:30pm - 8:30pm Dec 08 Feb 23
Solos and Duets from Contemporary Musicals 13-18 New Braunfels
(Winter 2023)
The CYT Blackbox Mon 6:30pm - 8:30pm Dec 05 Feb 20
Tap 2 for Kids 8-12 New Braunfels
(Winter 2023)
The CYT Blackbox Thu 4:30pm - 6:00pm Dec 08 Feb 23
Tap 2 for Teens 13-18 New Braunfels
(Winter 2023)
The CYT Blackbox Thu 6:30pm - 8:30pm Dec 08 Feb 23
Wiggles and Giggles 4-5 New Braunfels
(Winter 2023)
The CYT Blackbox Thu 4:30pm - 6:00pm Dec 08 Feb 23
Wigs 101 10-16 New Braunfels
(Winter 2023)
The CYT Blackbox Mon 4:30pm - 6:00pm Dec 05 Feb 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:

Bailey Garner

Bailey Garner is excited to be working with your kids this session! Her love of music started when she joined the Texas Children's Choir. As a four year member, she had the incredible opportunity to perform at both the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and Carnegie Hall in New York City. With CYT she developed her skills in musical theater and found her calling. With performances in 7 CYT shows, her skills have really grown. She has also stepped behind the curtain as the stage manager for many of our shows as well. She has a passion for working with the little one both at CYT and First Baptist Kids Academy where she is the music teacher. She thanks God for for second family here at CYT and the opportunity to share her love of theater with others.


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 sing on the praise team at FBCNB. I'm so glad to be back teaching at CYT and to have my son and daughter 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 was recently the musical director for Aladdin Jr. & Annie Jr. and the Director for The Little Mermaid! I'm currently the Musical Director for Frozen Jr! We love CYT!


Jeremiah Jordon

Jeremiah is so excited to be teaching at CYT again this session! He has taught at CYT the past three sessions, has aided the choreographer for CYT's production of Shrek, and most recently choreographed Fame Jr., CYT's Summer Intensive Production. Jeremiah has taught dance all over the state of Texas and has a passion to help students grow.


Jessica Appleford

I have always been a lover of the Arts! Growing up, I was involved in many productions and singing groups inside and outside of school plus church. In college I studied at Fresno State for a Liberal Arts degree to become a teacher and I have a minor in Children and the Arts. I have taught elementary school and currently I am at the middle school. As a family we all love to sing and act. Favorite musicals include Les Miserables, Sound of Music, Mary Poppins and Wicked! I am excited to be teaching at CYT and help students develop their gifts! "Everyone deserves the chance to fly" ~Elphaba (Wicked)


Mark Abbott

I'm Lilyalice Abbott's dad. I also have a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Louisiana College, and a M.Div. from Baylor. I use to teach and direct children theatre while doing youth ministry in Louisiana. I'm currently a real estate agent in San Antonio.


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


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 as of December 2022, she will hold a dual bachelors of education and Special Education. Such classes as Shakespeare, Improv, theater makeup, and some CORE 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 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. 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 Seussical (summer, 2022) and had a blast! Nikki takes every opportunity to be involved with the arts and support her boys Everett & Caedmon in all they are involved with at CYT!


Robyn Werner

Robyn is so excited to be teaching at CYT for the first time. 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 Sister Berthe in CCT’s Sound of Music last summer. She enjoys working with children and is currently a MDO 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.