BOARD OF DIRECTORS

OUR STORIES

Robin Kaplan

PRESIDENT

Current Positions:


40 years Founder/Director of the Music Room in Key West, Florida. Teacher of piano, guitar, flute, saxophone, harp, trumpet, and trombone. The Music Room is affiliated with the Royal Conservatory Certificate Program. President/Founder of Keys Community School of the  Arts. Founder of Camp Bravo and Bravo Theatre Company. Performing Artist. 



Education:


New England College, England with degree in Art History. Dartington School of the Arts with a degree in Celtic and Indian Music. Florida Keys Community College with a degree in Music Education. Manhattan School of Music with a degree in Jazz Studies. Berklee School of Music masters certificate in Arranging and Orchestration.

Previous Involvement:


Director and Founder of The Young People's Theatre Project. Director/Founder of the Bahama Village Music Program. Instructor for Even Start, Literacy Through Music Program. Director/Founder of the Key West International Jazz Fest. Director/Founder of the Key West International Jazz Festival.​ Musical Theatre Instructor with the Enrichment Program at Sigsbee Charter School. Curriculum development for Mel Fisher Museum. 

2 Hibiscus Lane

Key West, FL

33040

Penny Leto

VICE PRESIDENT

Current Positions:


40 year Founder/Director of the Coffee Mill Dance Studio, Key West, Florida. Director/Founder of the CoffeeMillDance Outreach and Scholarship Program. Producer of Dance Works, with the CoffeeMill Dance Collective. Board member for the Young Dance Collective. Choreographer for the Waterfront Playhouse, Red Barn Theatre, Tennessee Williams Theatre, Keys Kids. Founder of Camp Bravo and Camp Bravo Theatre Company.

Education:
 

Herbert H. Lehman College with a B.A. in Dance Education.



Previous Involvement:

Co-Founder of Key West Dance Theatre. Member of the Fabulous Spectrelles.

Musical Theatre Director with the Enrichment Program at Sigsbee Charter School.

605A Simonton Street
Key West, FL 
33040

Daniel Curtis

TREASURER

Current Positions:​

 

Faculty of the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA in 2012 as the department’s Resident Conductor and Artistic Director of the CMU Contemporary Music Ensemble.  Conducts performances with the CMU Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra, Baroque Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and fully staged opera productions. Commissioned and premiered more than 25 new works with the CMU Contemporary Ensemble popular concert series at the Kresge Theater and in 2013.  Created the Ensemble’s Artist in Residency Program and worked with renowned soloist Janna Baty.  Summer Music Director of the CMU pre-college orchestra program, an intensive music festival for young musicians.  

 

Education:


Carnegie Mellon University degree in Orchestral Conducting. Amherst College Summa Cum Laude graduate for Piano and Bassoon.



Previous Involvement:

 

Assistant Conductor of the Brooklyn Philharmonic. Associate Conductor of the Bleecker Street Opera Company and Assistant Conductor of the Amor Artis Chorale and period instrument orchestra in New York. Originally from Key West, Florida, Curtis has conducted several orchestras in the Southeast including the Key West Pops Orchestra and South Florida Symphony. Member: Keys Kids.​

221 Gross St., Apt. 2
Pittsburgh, PA
15224

Lauren Thompson

SECRETARY

Current Positions: 

 

Director, office manager, instructor, choreographer, vocal coach, and logistics Coordinator for Keys Community School of the Arts and Camp Bravo and Bravo Theatre Company. Actress, singer and dancer with the Waterfront Playhouse and Fringe Theatre. Performing vocalist. Board member and co-chair of the Fundraising committee for Samuel's House. Yoga instructor with FYT and Shakti Yoga. Owner of Someday Soon Events, floral company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. 

Education:

 

Vocal Training with Berklee School of Music. Musical Theatre and Choral Voice at Florida State University. Assistant Director with the Fringe Theatre. Dance teacher training in Ballet & Jazz from Ballet Magnificat. Yoga Teacher Training with Shakti Yoga and Yoga International. Key West High School Graduate.

 

Previous Involvement:

 

Keys Kids and Camp Bravo Alumni. 

2 Cypress Ave
Key West, FL
33040

 ADVISORS:

              Skipper Kripitz                               Vincent Zito                                Jeri Manson                             Sarah Vitale