Classes & Events

CCYT offers various programs throughout the year. We offer spring and fall classes that focus on specific skills such as acting, improvisation, or vocal techniques. In addition, our summer musical theatre workshop is a comprehensive experience where students learn many aspects of theatre arts. Our Workshop classes culminate in performances through various mediums including live performances, music videos, and digital web series. Read more about our programs below.

Payment for CCYT classes is accepted by check and credit card. If paying by check, select offline payment when registering your student. Checks can be made out to CCYT and mailed to 45 Payn Ave, Chatham NY, 12037. Check payments are only accepted up to one week ahead of the class.

Our Programs

Summer Musical Theatre Workshop

Under the direction of Edgar Acevedo, the Summer Theatre Workshop program is committed to creating quality children’s theatre. Since its founding in 2012 it has become the cornerstone of our programs.

Students workshop on the Columbia County Fairgrounds in Chatham, NY and perform on the Chatham HS stage. Divided by age into 5 classes, each class works on and performs an age-appropriate musical. CCYT’s resident directors, choreographers, and vocal instructors are child-centered professionals who ensure that each student’s potential is reached. The program also serves students interested in technical theatre as well as older students interested in our intern program.


CCYT began these grant-funded programs in 2012 with the support of the school district and CCYT donors. Our directors, choreographers, and instructors run the programs, which until recently served grades 3 to 5. With the help of a New York State Council on the Arts Grant we have expanded the theatre program to include the Jr. High School. Their first activity will be a field trip to Proctors to see Hamilton. A CCYT drama club for the High School students will be piloted in the fall.


The Performance Company is a touring company of young students who perform in musicals, plays and reviews that educate,  inspire confidence and promote self-worth in young audiences. Participants receive training in acting, singing and dance.

Performance venues include local schools, book festivals, community gatherings and fundraisers.

Summer Workshop Intern Program

In the summer of 2022, Mackenzie Alexander, Samantha Hoffman and Carissa Palladino took part in aspects of the program that supported their interests and career goals. Carissa and Mackenzie worked directly with the students and set design, while Sam focused on technical theatre, social media and video editing. Everyone pitched in when it came to strike. Mackenzie will return to the summer program in 2023 as a member of the staff.

Learn more about our instructors and staff on our team page!