Registration for Winter 2024 classes is OPEN! 
Audition and show information can be found be on 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 Up: The Art of Comedy! (Daytime Homeschool Class) 9-14 Austin
(Winter 2024)
Hope Chapel Fri 9:30am - 11:30am Jan 12 Mar 01
Auditioning with Confidence for Musical Theater! 8-18 Austin
(Winter 2024)
Bethany United Methodist Church Thu 6:00pm - 8:00pm Jan 11 Feb 29
Between The Lines: Building Your Character From The Script Up! 13-18 Austin
(Winter 2024)
Bethany United Methodist Church Thu 6:00pm - 8:00pm Jan 11 Feb 29
CYT Lite: Willy Wonka Kids! 7-12 Austin
(Winter 2024)
Hope Chapel Mon 5:00pm - 7:00pm Jan 15 Mar 04
The Enchanted World of Mega Musicals! (Daytime Homeschool Class) 11-18 Austin
(Winter 2024)
Hope Chapel Fri 9:30am - 11:30am Jan 12 Mar 01
The Experimental Stage: One Act Edition 12-18 Austin
(Winter 2024)
Hope Chapel Mon 5:00pm - 7:00pm Jan 15 Mar 04

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 an Austin-based Film and Theater Artist. I graduated with a BFA in Musical Theater from Rider University and am currently working on my Digital Video Certificate at Austin School of Film. I have had the privilege of working with CYT Austin on Matilda Jr. (Stage Manager and Assistant Choreographer), Frozen Jr. (Stage Manager, Assistant Director and Run Crew Manager), and am currently serving as Director for Willy Wonka Kids. Previously, I worked at Brentwood Christian School as Choir Director and as Music Director for The Addams Family in 2022. I am currently producing, directing, editing and filming various projects with local artists. I hope to share my passion for storytelling with all my students and empower each child to find their own form of artistic expression.

Cassidy Fraley

Born and raised in Bakersfield, CA, Cassidy got her start in Theater at the age of 9 when she played Grandma Fa in the local youth theatre summer program. The first time the audience laughed, Cassidy was hooked. She majored in Musical Theater at Texas Christian University, and in her sophomore year, was encouraged by staff and friends to go to New York City and go after her dreams. Cassidy has been taking voice lessons since the age of 12, and loves learning the possibilities of what the human instrument is Capable of. Some of her favorite roles include Fiona in Shrek, Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray, Lily in the Secret Garden, and Miss Andrews in Mary Poppins. Since moving to Austin in August, Cassidy has been the Music Specialist for Challenger School in Avery Ranch, and she loves teaching her students all about what true musicianship looks like. Prior to her move, Cassidy owned her own private voice studio, Performer Up Studios. When not working, Cassidy loves to serve at Celebration Church, sharing her love of Jesus with others, and playing board games with her friends.

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.

Lauren MacLeod

Lauren MacLeod became a student of CYT Austin when it was founded in 2015. Her love of theatre grew while she performed at CYT, and she has since pursued that passion throughout college. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Abilene Christian University in the spring of 2023. She is eager to continue performing, as well as share her love of theatre with the current students of CYT Austin.

Ruth Foulkrod

Ruth is a 2022 graduate of Texas State University with a BFA in Theatre Performance and Production and a concentration in Directing. She has been acting since a young age, participating in youth theatre programs just like CYT! After studying musical theatre for most of her youth she transitioned to Directing in college, where she found she was passionate about bringing people together to tell an impactful universal story. She has collegiate and private training in acting, improvisation, directing, and voice and diction. Ruth is excited to teach at CYT this season and bring her passions to the classroom!