BOARD OF DIRECTORS

OUR STORIES

Robin Kaplan

PRESIDENT

Current Positions:


30 years Founder/Director: the Music Room in Key West, Florida. Teacher of piano, guitar, flute, saxophone, harp, trumpet, and trombone. The Music Room is affiliated with the Carnegee Hall Music Program. President/Founder: Keys Community School of the  Arts. Founder: Camp Bravo and Bravo Theatre Company. Musical Theatre Instructor: Enrichment Program at Sigsbee Charter School. International Performing Artist: Group and Solo.



Schooling:


New England College, England; Art History. Dartington  School of the Arts; Celtic and Indian Music. Florida Keys Community College; Music Education. Manhattan School of Music; Jazz Studies. International Association of Jazz Educators; Annual Seminars. Berklee School of Music; Arranging and Orchestration.

Previous Involvement:


Director and Founder; The Young People's Theatre Project. Director/Founder; Bahama Village Music Program. Instructor; Even Start, Literacy Through Music Program. Director/Founder: Key West International Jazz Fest. Director/Found: Key West International Jazz Foundation.​

2 Hibiscus Lane

Key West, FL

33040

Penny Leto

VICE PRESIDENT

Current Positions:


30 year Founder/Director: Coffee Mill Dance Studio, Key West, Florida. Director/Founder: CoffeeMillDance Outreach and Scholarship Program. Producer: Dance Works, with the CoffeeMill Dance Collective. Coreographer: Waterfront Playhouse, Red Barn Theatre, Tennessee Williams Theatre, Keys Kids. Vice President/Founder: Key Community School of the Arts. Founder: Camp Bravo and Camp Bravo Theatre Company. Musical Theatre Director: Enrichment Program at Sigsbee Charter School.



Schooling:


Herbert H. Lehman College: B.A. in Dance Education.



Previous Involvement:

Co-Founder: Key West Dance Theatre. Member: Fabulous Spectrelles.

605A Simonton Street
Key West, FL 
33040

Daniel Curtis

TREASURER

Current Positions:​

 

joined the 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.  Curtis regularly conducts performances with the CMU Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra, Baroque Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and fully staged opera productions.  With the CMU Contemporary Ensemble, Curtis has commissioned and premiered more than 25 new works in its popular concert series at the Kresge Theater and in 2013, Curtis created the ensemble’s Artist in Residency Program, which, this year featured collaborations with acclaimed soprano Janna Baty.  In the summer, Curtis is the music director of the CMU pre-college orchestra program, an intensive music festival for young musicians.  

 

Schooling:


Carnegie Mellon University: Orchestrial 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: 

 

Office Manager, Marketer, Instructor, Choreographer- Keys Community School of the Arts. International Vocalist. Event Planner. Owner of Someday Soon Yachting Charters. 

 

Schooling:

 

Silver Service Training American Yacht Institute. STCW 95 International Yacht Training. Studied Musical Theatre at Florida State University. Key West High School Graduate.

 

Previous Involvement:

 

Member: Keys Kids.

2 Cypress Ave
Key West, FL
33040

 ADVISORS:

       Skipper Kripitz                               Vincent Zito                                Jeri Manson                             Sarah Vitale

MAILING ADDRESS

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Keys Community School of the Arts

Attn: Penny Leto

804 White Street
Key West, FL, 33040

305-296-9982 : Studio

305-393-3001 : Penny Cell

478-747-7982 : Lauren Cell

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