Registration for Spring 2023 classes is open! 
Audition and show information will be under the SHOWS tab.

Students are required to be enrolled in a CYT class in order to audition for the season production. 
Classes are 9 weeks and are generally held in the evening from 6pm-8pm unless they are dance classes (5pm-7pm). All classes conclude with a Showcase to show all the skills they have learned!  Showcases are held at Austin Baptist Church

Production rehearsals are held on Saturdays from 9am-3pm for the first 6 weeks and transition to 9am-4pm the last 4 weeks before the show opens.  

See the Shows page for Audition information.


Current Classes:

Class: Age: Chapter: Location: Day: Time: Start: End:
Acting Out! 8-12 Austin
(Spring 2023)
Hope Chapel Mon 5:00pm - 7:00pm Apr 17 Jun 12
Acting Out! (Daytime Homeschool Class) 8-18 Austin
(Spring 2023)
Hope Chapel Fri 9:30am - 11:30am Apr 14 Jun 09
APEX Dance - Audition Only For CYT Expo Attendees 12 to 18 12-18 Austin
(Spring 2023)
Bethany United Methodist Church Thu 7:00pm - 8:30pm Apr 13 Jun 08
APEX Voice- Audition Only For CYT Expo Attendees 12 to 18 12-18 Austin
(Spring 2023)
Bethany United Methodist Church Thu 6:00pm - 8:00pm Apr 13 Jun 08
Dancing through the Decades! 12-18 Austin
(Spring 2023)
Austin Baptist Church Mon 6:00pm - 8:00pm Apr 17 Jun 12
Dancing Through the Styles of Broadway's Best Choreographers! (Daytime Homeschool Class) 12-18 Austin
(Spring 2023)
Hope Chapel Fri 9:30am - 11:30am Apr 14 Jun 09
Improv: The Art of Acting Without a Script! 11-18 Austin
(Spring 2023)
Bethany United Methodist Church Thu 6:00pm - 8:00pm Apr 13 Jun 08

CYT’s Triple Threat

Each class will be infused with character development and arts training for each student. Our goal is that every student leaves our classes feeling more confident in who they were created to be as well as their performing arts skills. CYT is recognized for excellence in theater arts training. Our uniqueness, however, goes beyond our programming and instead lies in our dedication to CYT’s Character, Culture, and Craft. These three elements comprise CYT’s Triple Threat.

CYT Character

CYT believes in building character on and off the stage, and that character is rooted in CHRISTIAN values such as love, joy, peace, kindness, perseverance, and dedication. Every instruction is rooted in these values.

CYT Culture

CYT’s culture is one of inclusiveness. We welcome all and remain committed to providing a vibrant and fun atmosphere with our focus on YOUTH. With this commitment comes a promise of providing family-friendly productions that are appropriate for young audiences.

CYT Craft

CYT is committed to providing excellent training in our THEATER craft by staying informed of National VAPA (Visual and Performing Arts) standards. CYT hires qualified Teaching Artists and Artistic Teams who consistently elevate our students’ knowledge of theater arts.

Have Questions?

Don't worry, we have answers! Just follow the link below to read through our Frequently Asked Questions. You can also send an email to and we will get back to you promptly!

Inquiring about scholarships?

CYT is pleased to offer financial assistance to families who would otherwise not be able to participate in our programs.  Click below for our scholarship application.  Please fill out the form and return it to  Decisions will be made one week prior to class start.

I cannot even begin to describe the impact that CYT has had on my life. There I was, welcomed with open arms, despite all of the flaws I thought made me so undesirable.

Alexandra Gandy, CYT Student

Current Teachers:

Ashten Falter

Hello! I am a New York transplant who moved to Austin, Texas with big dreams and a lot of passion to see them come true. So far I have produced and acted in a short film, started film school, directed High School and Middle School Choir as well as Choreographed and Music Directed a musical at Brentwood Christian School, and performed in multiple cabarets across Austin. I am currently producing my upcoming music video for James Hearne and his single, "Moon Over My Shoulder." I am very excited to partner with Austin School of Film and mentor John Valley, who is an award-winning music industry veteran. I graduated with a BFA in Musical Theater from Rider University and received a certificate of completion from Bristol Old Vic Theater School for a short course in Acting for the Camera. I have taught at Ballet Academy East, Steps on Broadway, The Dance Corner, Kidville, and most recently at Brentwood Christian School. I am determined to create opportunities for myself and others within the Austin community through producing my own work and bringing other professionals into my creative projects. Austin has truly been an incredible place to be and I look forward to joining the CYT team!

Carol D'Avila

Carol Feille D’Avila owned and operated The AustinConservatory of Dance/of the Arts in 1991 which began as a neighborhood studio offering classical ballet, coupled with training in jazz, modern, character and tap dance. The program expanded to include a Musical Theatre curriculum in the late 90’s. Carol is also the Executive and Artistic Director of The Austin City Ballet 501©3 for 22 years and is a registered Member of The Royal Academy of Dance. After dancing with the North County Ballet Company in high school in California, under the direction of Victor Moreno of The Ballet Russe, she studied drama and dance at The University of Southern California, and graduated with a B.A. in Fine Arts Interdisciplinary from the University of California at Irvine. She is a member of the Round Rock Council of the Arts and served as President for 2 years. Carol has had the opportunity to choreograph for the musical GREASE at the Georgetown Palace Theater in the fall of 2021. She is feeling grateful to have had a career in her dream job, and plans to keep going until she can’t!

Cathie Sheridan

CATHIE SHERIDAN is an award-winning Austin singer, actor, dancer, music director, and choreographer. Over her 40+ year career, Cathie has created a wide variety of leading ladies in both professional and community theatre productions such as Unexpected Joy (Joy), Sister Act (Mother Superior), Sweeney Todd (Mrs. Lovett), Urinetown (Pennywise), Man of La Mancha (Aldonza/Dulcinea), Cats (Grisabella), Steel Magnolias (M’Lynn Eatenton), Death and the Maiden (Paulina Salas), Hairspray (Velma Von Tussle), Sweeney Todd (The Beggar Woman), Cabaret (Fraulein Kost), Anything Goes (Reno Sweeney), Nunsense (Sister Mary Hubert), Forbidden Broadway (20+ celebrities), All Shook Up (Matilda Hyde), and Into The Woods (Witch and The Baker’s Wife). In 2014, she “nearly blew the roof off the Dougherty Arts Center” as Margaret White in Austin Theatre Project’s production of Carrie the Musical, earning her the Best Featured Actress in a Musical award from both Broadway World Austin AND Central Texas Excellence in Theatre. She’s been fortunate to share Austin stages with Broadway veterans, Rebecca Luker, Jim Watson, Patrick Cassidy, Ruth Williamson, John Leslie Wolfe, and others, as well as understudying Stephanie J. Block as Nancy in Oliver! Cathie is also a private voice teacher in North Austin. When not teaching or performing, Cathie enjoys spoiling her grandchildren who lovingly refer to her as Glamma, and hanging out at home with her # 1 fan, her German Akita Shepherd, Chief!

Julie Novak

Julie Novak has been teaching and directing theater in a school and community setting for over 20 years. While teaching at the renowned Valley Christian Conservatory, in San Jose, California, she developed her own theater arts curriculum for students 6-8 grades and a curriculum for students 6-12 grade while teaching and directing at Summit Christian Academy in Austin, Texas. Julie has directed plays, musicals, one acts, musical reviews, competition scenes, concerts and benefit shows too numerous to count! She has been trained in a multitude of acting techniques, such as the Wheeler Recording Method, On Camera Acting, Improvisational Acting, various vocal genres and public speaking. Outside of her teaching career she has worked as an acting coach, speaker, ghostwriter, vocalist and done voice over studio work. Her greatest love is working with young people in the arts and helping them develop confidence and belief in their personal gift set. Julie began CYT Austin In January of 2015 after she felt called to take her passion to speak life and encouragement into young people through the arts, outside the walls of a school and into her community.

Staci Bonura

Staci has had a love for the stage since she was 3 years old! Starting as a classically trained dancer she quickly moved into her love of musical theater, performing with Theater Under the Stars through high school. She then went on to further her education at Sam Houston State University where she received her Bachelors of Fine Arts. She is currently on the roster of CSz Austin, home of ComedySportz, Austin’s longest running improv show. She is excited to share her knowledge and passion with her students!