After a career in publishing which took him to California, Boston and New York, in 2003 David and his family moved to Dennis Village, choosing the village so they could walk to the Cape Playhouse, Cape Cinema, and the village’s other amazing amenities. Once here, he was delighted to discover another theater in the Village… Eventide, and he quickly became involved with the theater and its Gertrude Lawrence Archive project. He served on Eventide’s board for 6 years, and helped establish the theater’s Kaplan Play Prize. Upon his recent election as Board President, Kaplan commented: “For many years I’ve been awed by the quality of Eventide’s productions, and I’m pleased that they’ve further expanded their programming and strengthened the organization. With a dedicated board, tireless volunteers and skilled management already in place, I look forward to helping the organization fulfill its mission through additional diverse and thoughtful programming, performance at multiple venues, collaboration with other nonprofit organizations, and expanded community outreach”.
On the Cape, Kaplan pursued a career in commercial real estate before turning his attention full time to management of nonprofit organizations. He is currently the Executive Director of the Cape & Islands Theater Coalition, an association of 20 local theaters, and also serves as the Managing Director of FORWARD, a nonprofit devoted to building homes for adults with Autism. FORWARD is currently in the final stages of fundraising to build a housing community in Dennis Village for 8 adults with autism.
David is also a board member of the Dennis Arts and Culture Council and the Dennis Village Improvement Society, and has served as the Executive Director of the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod and the Cape Cod Museum of Art. In his spare time he enjoys theater and film going with his wife Nancy and visits from his adult children, Casey and Daniel.