Keith Johnston is part of the senior leadership team, the Director of the College & Adult Program (CAP), BMI project director and co-founder of CAT’s Parent Team in 1995. Mr. Johnston oversees several projects that provide interactive learning experiences on independent living skills, conflict resolution, diversity, financial literacy, parenting, college and workplace readiness. His constituencies range from students and teachers in the CUNY Black Male Initiative; incarcerated youth and Correctional Officers on Rikers Island; Fatherhood Academy students; High Schools, and families in transitional living. Keith is also the founder and director of CTEA TAP, an after-school youth theater program at High School of Construction Trades, Architecture and Engineering. He has developed, directed, and led workshops in many other settings including NYC public schools, CUNY campuses, New York University, Seeds of Peace, 1199, professional developments, corporate trainings, and many conferences. He wrote, directed, and co-produced Thriving Teens, a film series on parenting pre-adolescent children for the NYU Child Study Center, and devised and implemented workshops and lectures addressing HIV/AIDS, parenting and violence in South Africa's Townships, colleges and universities. In 2018 he helped to launch two new programs at CAT; Sound Thinking NYC and DCLA’s CreateNY Leadership Accelerator as curriculum designer and facilitator.
Keith has a Bachelor’s degree in Humanities (Creative Writing/Acting) from New York University where he received the Founders Day Award (Honors scholar, Deans list, 3X Shimkin Scholar). He is a Certified Professional Life Coach from the Life Coach Institute of Orange County and has an Associate’s degree in Fine Arts from Kingsborough Community College. He has studied at the School of Visual Arts, Henry Street Settlement, Brown University, Jazzmobile, HB Studio, and the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.
As an actor, director, producer and musician, Mr. Johnston has enjoyed a long professional career in theater, film, television, music and radio. He is the co-founder of Back-A-Yard theatre, freelance director/writer/producer at BET and Artistic Director of the American Theatre of Harlem. He joined CAT in 1992.