Returning December 2021

Joyce Stahl

Executive Producer & Artistic Director

Joyce performed for 38 years with New Jersey’s American Repertory Ballet, as a performer and member of the board of Directors, she is  a certified authentic classical Pilates instructor and owner of  Paradise Pilates in Key West. A full time resident of Key West, Joyce is president of Paradise Ballet Theatre Presenters. She created Nutcracker Key West in 2005 in the midst of four hurricanes several of which finally destroyed the theatre in which you are sitting! Nonetheless, the show went on at the Key West HS, to critical acclaim, and she was honored by the Chamber of Commerce for her outstanding contribution to the arts in Key West. She is currently  a representative for the Fl Keys Council of the Arts, and has been honored by Samuel’s House for her contributions as “Overall Community” honoree.

Kris Kennedy 

Executive Director 2016 

Peter Arnow

Marketing Director

Kathy Holtgrave

Ballet Mistress

Kathy Sawyer Holtgrave trained at the Academy of Tidewater Ballet, North Carolina School of the Arts, School of American Ballet, and on full scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet. She danced professionally for eighteen years with Joffrey Concert Group, San Antonio Ballet, and as principal dancer with Louisville Ballet. She worked with notable dancers and choreographers, including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Frederic Franklin, Wendy Whelan and Sallie Wilson. She has danced title roles in the majority of the classics including Coppelia, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. In addition, her repertoire includes works by Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, John Cranko, Eugene Loring, David Parsons and Antony Tudor. Based in Louisville, Kentucky, Kathy currently teaches  and coaches  both locally and nationally. She has been a guest dancer and instructor for Corpus Christi Ballet, Northwest Florida Ballet, Santa Barbara Festival Ballet and Virginia Ballet Theatre, and has served as faculty member for  Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts.

Marky Pierson & Wonderdog Studios 

Art Design & Online Media Manager

Marky Pierson is the executive producer of theater programs, traveling tours, art exhibits, festivals, interactive parties, and community projects. With positivity and people - everything is possible.