KCPT Instructors


CONNOR ZAFT is the Artistic Apprentice at Key City Public Theatre, and provides curricular and administrative support in KCPT’s education department. He holds a BFA in Theatre from Cornish College of the Arts, where he served as an assistant teacher of Text Analysis, Directing, and Contemporary Theatre Studies, and coached private auditions for young actors. After observing faculty at Seattle Children’s Theatre, he decided to seek a profession in dramatic education by working as an Extended-Day teacher at The Spruce Street School in Seattle, a position he adored up until his relocation to lovely Port Townsend.

DENISE WINTER received her BA in drama and english at Kenyon College in Gambier, OH. Denise has 30 years professional theater experience and has served on the artistic staff of 6 Tony Award-winning regional theaters including 5 ½ years with Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, MN. At Children’s Theatre Company, she was responsible for the casting of all young actors ages 8 – 18. Denise has performed in 48 states, Canada and China with companies such as American Repertory Theatre, Children’s Theatre Company, New York City Opera, Nickelodeon/SFX and Radio City (Music Hall) Entertainment.  Denise is the Artistic Director for Key City Public Theatre.  She has directed and/or choreographed, as well as performed in, numerous productions for KCPT and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association the union of professional actors and stage managers.