Keys Kids Staff Members
||Executive Director - Nora has been the Executive Director of Keys Kids since 1994. She teaches music at Gerald Adams Elementary School. There she directs the "Steel Your Heart" steel band, which has appeared on MTV, at half-time for a Miami Dolphin's game, and most recently on Good Morning America. Nora teaches private piano in her studio and is certified in Suzuki Piano and Kindemusik. She studied piano in Washington, DC with Raissas Tslentis, founder of the International Bach Competition. In 2002 the Founders Society presented Ms. Revelin with the 2nd Annual Tennessee Williams Award for her many contributions to the Arts in the Key West Community. In 2003, Ms. Revelin was awarded the Woman of Integrity Award for Education by Samuel's House.|
|Artistic Director - Cameron has staged over 40 (?) musicals, including Oklahoma, Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, King and I, Willy Wonka, Disney’s Aladdin, 101 Dalmatians, Guys and Dolls and any show with a ‘Jr.’ attached to its title. For the Waterfront Playhouse he has directed Me and Jezebel, Forever Plaid, Odd Couple- the Female Version, Musical of Musicals- the Musical! the toe-tapper- Stepping Out and Red, White and Tuna. Certified in Gifted Education, he is the Fine Arts instructor at Key West High School and teaches AP Literature and English Honors.|
|Penny Leto||Choreographer- Penny came to Key West in the 1980's from the Bronx, and purchased the Coffee Mill Dance Studio. She teaches dance and has choreographed shows for the Red Barn Theater, Waterfront Playhouse, the Key West Pops, and Keys Kids for many years. She holds a BA in Dance Education from Herbert H. Lehman College. She performs in many local productions and is an original member of the singing group "The Spectrelles". The Coffee Mill Dance Outreach Program has become her passion, and they presented "Peter and the Wolf" to school aged children from Monroe County at Tennessee Williams Fine Arts Center.|
|Nancy 3 Hoffman||Musical Director- Nancy 3. is a classically trained pianist and works nationally as a musical theater director. She leads "The Maine Squeeze" accordion ensemble, and she plays Klezmer music with "The Casco Bay Tummlers." Her solo work includes international cabaret, and her one-woman rendition of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta “The Mikado.” She is also director and curator of the world’s only Umbrella Cover Museum. Nancy 3. summers on Peaks Island, Maine and winters in Key West, Florida. Her middle name is really 3.|
|Stefanie Sertich||Director- Stefanie Sertich, director and choreographer lives in New York City where she is an Assistant Professor at LaGuardia Community College in Queens, teaching acting. She will be directing Dead Man’s Cell Phone at the Waterfront Playhouse this February. In Spring 2010, she directed the world premiere of Eduardo Machado’s Havana Journal, 2004. Stefanie has directed and choreographed several musicals for high schools and summer camps around the country. Stefanie has directed pilot workshops for ITheatrics and Disney Theatricals which include Disney’s High School Musical JR., Disney’s Aladdin Kids, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR, and The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley. Stefanie also assistant directed the National Tour of A Year with Frog and Toad and The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley (dir. Tim McDonald). Stefanie is currently a guest artist at Western Oregon University for Fall 2010. BA Acting (Western Michigan Univ.), MFA Directing (University of Portland). She looks forward to working with the Keys Kids team in Key West, Florida for the 2011-2012 season.|
|Mimi McDonald||Director- Mimi iis founding memeber and Managing Director of the Red Barn Theatre, now in it’s 32nd year. She has and extensive acting resume, with TV and radio credits as well as directing and special event coordinating. Mimi has directed Nunsense, High School Musical and Scrooge for Keys Kids. She holds a BFA in Theatre and Dance from VA Commonwealth U in Richmond, VA.|
|Vincent P. Zito||Musical Conductor- VINCENT P ZITO was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. He attended The Delbarton School in Morristown, NJ and has degrees from New York University (BA, 1975) and Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts (MA, 1989).
He studied conducting with Laszlo Halasz, founder of the New York City Opera and Jens Nygaard, founder of the Jupiter Symphony.
From 1981 to 1987 he wrote theatre criticism for The Home News Tribune in Middlesex County, NJ. He was a member of the American Theatre Critics Association from 1983 through 1988.
He moved to Key West in 1993 where he worked for the Waterfront Playhouse, The Red Barn Theatre and the Keys Chorale. He was musical director and conductor for the Tennessee Williams Theatre’s Founders Society productions of “La Cage Aux Folles” and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.”
In October of 1999, he started the Key West Pops Orchestra and in 2001 he started, with Dean Walters, Island Opera Theatre of the Florida Keys.
With Keys Kids he has conducted performances of “High School Musical” and “Guys and Dolls.” A true cross-over musician, Vincent enjoys coaching and conducting music written for the stage whether it is Verdi or Sondheim.
|Carolyn Cooper||Choreographer- Carolyn is originally from Pittsburgh, Pa. where she began her dance training. She continued her education at Penn State University where she also earned a degree in mechanical engineering. She moved to Key West in 1994 where she dances and teaches at the Coffee Mill and with the Out Reach Program. Carolyn’s Key West performances include “La Traviata”, Danceworks 111, and shows with the “Brazen Hussies Dance Company .