Keith Johnston is the Director of the College/Adult Program and co-founder of CAT’s Parent Team with Linda Carroll Pierce in 1995. Mr. Johnston oversees several projects that provide interactive learning experiences on independent living skills, conflict resolution and diversity, college and workplace readiness, financial literacy, and parenting. His constituencies range from students and teachers in the CUNY Black Male Initiative, incarcerated youth, Correctional Officers on Rikers Island, Fatherhood Academy, 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, 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.
Keith has a Bachelor’s degree in Humanities (creative writing/acting) from New York University where he received his Founders Day Award (Honors scholar, Deans list, 3X Shimkin Scholar), Associates degree in Fine Arts from Kingsborough Community College and 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, minister and musician, Mr. Johnston has enjoyed a long professional career in theater, film, television, music and radio. He is 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.