All of our teachers are award-winning industry professionals who have been trained by the best in the business and are passionate about sharing that training with a new generation of performers.
Tracie brings over 30 years of music and performing experience to AYT. She is an accomplished pianist, fluent in classical, Broadway, country, pop, accompaniment, sight-reading and music theory. She has followed her love of music to a performing and teaching career, rich with experience. Also a singer/songwriter, Tracie has written over 30 songs, many of which have become professional recordings. She has been an accompanist & musical director for various theatres, schools and organizations around the valley and has been a featured soloist with local bands and musical theatre shows. Her areas of vocal focus are classical, music theatre, opera, jazz, country, pop, theory, sight-reading, harmony and ear training. She teaches with a flexible style, adapting lessons to each student's abilities and levels of learning. Her teaching philosophy is to help each student reach his or her potential and help them reach their goals, and even push them beyond what they thought was possible!
Dane is A Native Of Arizona. He Has Grown Up In The Arts And Theater From A Young Age. Being Exposed To Theater And Music, Chris Cultivated A Love Of Storytelling. Being Able To Tell The Story Through Creating A World On Stage Is His Passion. Currently A Junior At Arizona State University In The Design And Production Concentration For Scenic Design Chris Plans To Graduate In 2016. Chris Spent Four Years In Oklahoma Where He Attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College And Obtained An "Associate Of Arts In Theater" In 2012. He Also Attended The University Of Central Oklahoma For A Year Where He Studied Voice And Performance Before Returning To Phoenix To Complete His Degree In Scenic Design At ASU. Chris Designs And Builds Locally And Has Had Experience As A Shop Foreman And In Technical Direction While Living In Oklahoma. After Completing His Bachelors Chris Plans To Continue In A Masters Program.
Corrinne absolutely loves to create and has been choreographing and teaching with Actor’s Youth Theatre for eight years.
She recently graduated from ASU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre, during which time she received an AriZoni Award for Best Actress in a Musical, as well as three other nominations for performance and two nominations for Choreography.
For four years Corrinne and her husband, MacGyver, have been actively involved with the Phoenix Swing Dance scene, where they both teach lessons, host events, perform and compete locally; currently holding the title of Phoenix “Collegiate Shag and Slow Drag” Dance Champions. Individually, Corrinne took first in the 2015 Phoenix Jack and Jill competition.
As an AYT alumni, Corrinne knows well the high expectations in practice and performance that are required to be an excellent performer and strives to help each youth push themselves beyond their established “best”. Whether a student decides to pursue theatre as a career or not, lessons learned within the art and through the stories told, she believes, are key in developing well-rounded and empathetic human beings that will shape our future for the better. “What keeps me close to AYT is the truth behind the motto: Dreams Played Out. It has been and will always be about the kids.”
MacGyver started swing dancing back in his high school years; he was introduced to it by Corrinne on their third date and was instantly hooked. He began learning and traveling to dance more and more from around Arizona, to California and even to the Jazz Center of America, New Orleans. It has been more than a hobby for MacGyver as he has dedicated time to performing, competing and enjoying the dance by all means.
His teaching experience ranges from the weekly Phoenix dance venues such as Kats Korner, the Duce, Al Moro, to small group based classes like Saturday Morning Swing, to larger community events such as the monthly DeSoto Speakeasy and the Gin & Jazz festival hosted by Heritage Square. Teaching beyond the basic steps of East Coast Swing, he has helped others grow into their musicality, isolation, momentum shifts, connection, and performance personalities. MacGyver has also competed locally over the years and placed in the finals of the Arizona Swing Dance Championships with his wife, Corrinne.
Broadway Jazz 1/2, Storybook Theatre, Gilbert Public Schools Theatre Classes
Kaitlin is an avid lover of all things to do with the stage. After discovering the world of theatre in high school, she hasn’t looked back. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Communication Studies emphasis in American Sign Language and her minor in Theatre Performance from Northern Arizona University. Since then, she has worked as a community actress, high school substitute, and summer workshop instructor at three theaters in the valley. She is thrilled to be joining AYT's team to teach, encourage, and spread her love of performing to those who share her passion.
Arielle (Rel) is a true theatre addict. She earned a BA in Theater from Southern Virginia University with training in American Sign Language interpreting from Phoenix College. She has worked professionally in theatres around the United States, most recently with Mary Baldwin College in association with the American Shakespeare Center in Virginia. She has also taught in Arizona schools and summer camps including the Mesa Community College MMT Workshop, Mesa Public Schools, Brightmont Academy, Especially for Youth Programs, and Sequoia Star. Rel has dance teaching and performance experience in ballet, tap, jazz, swing dance, ballroom, and hip hop. She also loves voice acting, and her voice has been featured on several original cast recordings. Rel specializes in teaching movement-based acting (Clowning, Commedia Dell’Arte, Viewpoints, etc.), musical theatre and Broadway dance, vocal performance, and Deaf theatre. She is a full-time writer with an exceptionally hunky husband and two adorable puppies.
Mackenzie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in dance from Brigham Young University- Idaho and has significant experience as not only a dancer but also a choreographer. She competed with a nationally ranked competitive dance team in Bartow, Florida for eight years. While earning her degree, Mackenzie toured with the performing dance company Dance Alliance for three years. She had the opportunity to tour in Canada, California, Idaho, Oregon, and Russia. She has taught jazz, ballet, tap, clogging and hip-hop to all ages. She is a former part-time faculty member for her alma mater's dance department where she taught modern and jazz. She worked as the full time in-house choreographer for the Playmill Theatre in West Yellowstone, Montana where she had the privilege of choreographing 11 musicals. Currently, she is the Dance Director at Heritage Academy in Laveen. She directed and choreographed Footloose at AYT and is so excited to be back.
Madison began performing at the age of 4 and has since trained in many styles of dance including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Clogging, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary and Musical Theater.
She began studying ballet at the age of 6 under the direction of Nadja Langenhorst, Molly Ahler, Georgi Rusafov and Jennifer Madden-Bechtold. She has performed in “The Nutcracker” five times with roles such as Spanish, Snow, Flowers, the Mouse King and the principle role of Dew Drop.
Madison was a member of the Senior USA Xtreme Competitive Dance team for 5 years. She has received many awards, trophies and scholarships, was chosen to be a part of the “Dupree All Stars Team” and is a national dance champion.
Madison loves working with young performers, shaping their talent, promoting confidence and helping them discover a love for theater and dance.
Skye graduated from Grand Canyon University with a Bachelor's Degree in Theatre and Drama. She has a wide variety of theatrical experience that ranges from acting, directing, stage managing, and playwriting, to all areas of technical design and construction. She has been heavily involved with theatre in the valley for the past decade and has worked with Mesa Community College, the Mesa Arts Center, the Herberger Theatre, Desert Rose Theatre, Westwood High School, Heritage Academy, Red Mountain High School, Mountain View High School, and, of course, Actor's Youth Theatre. In her free time, she enjoys creating and wearing cosplays for local comic cons. She is excited to be teaching at AYT and looks forward to giving students hands-on, theatrical experience.
Annika has been dancing for 17 years. She is trained in a variety of styles including, tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary, and modern. Most of her childhood was spent in the dance studio and competing most weekends. She has won 1st place titles for solos and group number all through her dancing career. Choreographing is her passion. She choreographed dances her high school and for performing groups with multiple studios. She loves to share her passion with those who are excited to learn!
Bruce did not want to dance as a young man. But, to keep him out of trouble, Hattie, his mother, enrolled he and his younger brother in dance classes at the Frank Hatchett School of Performing arts at the age of 7. Although he initially resisted, after his first class he was hooked and fell in love with the art of dance. Under Frank's tutelage he learned jazz, tap, Afro and ballet, in addition to voice and modeling. His performing experience includes commercials, musical theater, voice over work and time as a lead vocalist with the R&B group SECRETS. He has had the privilege of performing on stages from New York to Monaco, Monte Carlo. Some of his credits include: DreamGirls, The Evening is Yours, Moon Children, Philly's Beat and the gospel play Brother, Brother, Stop! These days he can be found teaching tap and African dance at local studios and dance festivals.