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Teaching Artist Roster

Artists on this roster are eligible to lead residencies supported by Artist in Schools Grants. Each has been vetted by the Council based on these criteria: artistic excellence, teaching ability, and collaborative planning skills.

Additions to the roster are made through an application process conducted every other year.

Artists Listed by Discipline

Ceramics


Kim Desjardins 

Burlington

Kim is a visual artist and teacher who believes that art is for all.  She wants to come to your school or group and design an awesome art experience with you based on your client or students' needs and learning goals. More about Kim Desjardins.


Muddy Creek Pottery

Heather Stearns | Wolcott

Heather  is the founder and owner of Muddy Creek Pottery in North Wolcott. She has been working in clay since 1991 and teaching since 1993 in numerous capacities. Heather learned to make pots at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. More about Heather Stearns.


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Circus Arts


Circus Smirkus

Greensboro

Circus Smirkus is Vermont’s own award-winning international youth circus. Since 1987, they have promoted the skills, culture and traditions of the traveling circus, inspiring youth to engage in life-changing adventures in the circus arts. The newly restructured Ringmaster Residency Program brings the joy of circus into schools, camps, and other youth organizations while teaching and developing Social Emotional Learning skills. Professionally trained Residency Artists provide expert instruction in body movement, juggling, diabolo, flower sticks, plate spinning, balance exercises, human pyramids, and more. These activities have been observed to work with building life skills such as resilience, self-confidence, collaboration, teamwork, and creativity for students of all ages. Each residency uses Smirkus’s own CircusSecrets to enhance learning and promote positive school culture and community. More about  Circus Smirkus


Rob Mermin

Montpelier

Rob ran off to the circus in his youth, and has stories to share from a 40-year international career in circus, theater, TV, and film. He offers master classes, weeklong seminars, or extended visiting artist residencies flexible to your needs. More about Rob Mermin.


Wunderle's Big Top Adventures

Chester

Wunderle’s Big Top Adventures promotes world class circus programming, entertainment, and exploration for all ages. Founded by Troy Wunderle, its primary programs include one man circus shows, corporate extravaganzas, circus-based bubble shows, school residencies, big top workshops, circus camps, after-school programming, comic lectures, tricks-gags-games-gimmicks, and strolling entertainment. More about WBTA.


YES! Theater

Brent McCoy     

Greensboro Bend

Vermont-Based artists in residence, teaching physical comedy in schools. More about YES! Theater.


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Cultural Heritage


Michele Choiniere          

Burlington

Michele Choiniere is an award-winning Smithsonian Folkways recording artist with a radiant, compelling voice. Her music and artistry capture a delicate sensibility, overlaying a raw authenticity. Her concerts transport audiences to another time of wistful cafe-cabaret culture, with riveting rhythmic melodies or a wistful lament, which stay with you long after the concert has ended. Born into a musical Franco-American family in northern Vermont, Michele began performing traditional Franco-American music at an early age with her father Fabio, an accomplished harmonica player. More about Michele Choiniere.


Judy Dow

Essex Junction

Judy is an Abenaki educator who teaches science, history, and math through art. In the recent past, she worked with Gedakina and the University of New Hampshire through a National Science Foundation grant documenting sustainable land use practices with Indigenous youth in New England. More about Judy Dow.


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Dance


Karen Amirault 

Burlington

Karen is well known for her extensive work with children and communities as a touring artist, artist-in-residence, choreographer and educator for over twenty years. She holds a B.A. from Middlebury College and has received numerous awards from the Vermont Arts Council and, most recently, the Governor's Award for Arts in Education. Dance for and with others, she teaches, is a lesson in self-esteem and group dynamics. It builds confidence in one's body and provides a real emotional outlet. Paula Routly of Seven Days wrote "Amirault... has singlehandedly turned more people on to dance... than any other choreographer in Vermont."  

The Karen Amirault Dance Company & KIDZ performs a high-energy repertoire of jazz and tap styles including Latin, African, hip hop, vaudeville, swing and Broadway. The troupe's unique blend of street-smart moves and show-biz glitz celebrate jazz music, dance, multigenerations and multiculturalism.  Monkton parent Eugenie Doyle wrote that she's a "rare combination of... technique, flare, and heart unequaled in this state.

More about Karen Amirault.


Burlington Taiko

Stuart Paton | Burlington

With the power of an elemental force of nature, men and women play with the passion of complete abandon, fully committing their bodies and spirits to the beautiful, precise choreography and powerful, surging rhythms expressed by taiko. More about Burlington Taiko.


Dance With Ashley

Ashley Hensel-Browning | Perkinsville

Ashley  is a choreographer, dancer, teaching artist, and community artist. She is available for both school-based residencies and community arts projects and is primarily interested in developing co-created choreography with different populations of people. More about Dance With Ashley.


Steve Ferraris    

Norwich

Steve is a percussionist trained in and specializing in West African and Afro-Cuban hand-drumming. He has 30 years of experience in arts-in-education teaching and school performances. More about Steve Ferraris.


Jeh Kulu Dance and Drum Theatre

 Burlington

Vermont’s premier West African dance and drum theater, founded in 1993, is a nonprofit educational and performance ensemble based in Burlington. This large multicultural ensemble offers traditional rhythms and dances from Guinea, Senegal, and Mali, West Africa. More about Jeh Kulu Dance and Drum Theatre.


Heather Morris Celtic Dancers

Charlotte

Heather Morris Celtic Dancers perform all aspects of Celtic dance including Scottish Highland, Irish, and Cape Breton Step dances. More about Heather Morris.


Alexis Kamitses 

Burlington

Alexis Kamitses is a dance and movement educator and performer living in Burlington Vermont. Alexis has a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology, environmental studies, and dance from Oberlin College as well as a masters in teaching from The University of Vermont. More about Alexis Kamitses.


Brendan Taaffe

Brattleboro

Brendan Taaffe is a dynamic performer and teaching artist who uses traditional dances, songs, and stories to engage audiences of all ages. More about Brendan Taaffe.


Alia Thabit         

Saint Johnsbury

Alia Thabit, a dancer and choreographer of Lebanese and Palestinian descent, incorporates traditional and contemporary influences, colorful costumes, and dynamic music to present a wide range of Middle Eastern dance styles (also known as raqs sharqi, danse orientale, baladi, or belly dance). More about Alia Thabit.


Calvin Walker   

Waitsfield

Calvin has been teaching hip hop, breakdance (Bboying), and tricking/freerunning movement styles for more than nine years. Currently, he teaches dance all across the state and is open to opportunities to reach more potential students. More about Calvin Walker.


Words Come Alive

Burlington

Words Come Alive is the Flynn’s signature professional development program based on research substantiating the vital importance of the performing arts in learning. Words Come Alive techniques connect with reading, writing, social studies, science, math, social issues, foreign languages, and visual arts, enabling children to become active learners. More about Words Come Alive.


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Literature and Poetry


Rick Agran         

Montpelier

For the last two decades, Rick made his way in the world as writer, poet and image maker, college professor, photographer, radio producer, humanist and educator, social justice advocate, multimedia journalist, and arts reporter specializing in fine art and theatre.

He works primarily in public education, arts, and humanities. Rick's work encompasses the fine and literary arts, language and literature, history and culture, and the interpretation of the fine and performing arts.

More about Rick Agran.


David Harp        

Montpelier

David Harp doesn't just hold the world's record for most people taught harmonica at once (2,569). He's also a corporate speaker and the author of nearly two dozen books on music, health, and psychology. More about David Harp.


Alec Hastings    

Randolph Center

Hoping to put the fun back in reading for some of his English students at Bethel’s Whitcomb High School, Alec Hastings started writing an adventure story and finished it six years later. The result, a big, sprawling novel,  "Otter St. Onge and the Bootleggers," was published in May, 2013. More about Alec Hastings.


Geof Hewitt       

Calais

Geof Hewitt, author of four books of poems and Vermont's reigning poetry slam champion, offers readings of his poems, serves as slammaster/host for school and community-wide poetry slams, and leads writing workshops for all ages above third grade. More about Geof Hewitt.


Marv Klassen-Landis      

Windsor

Marv Klassen-Landis tells stories, performs poetry, and leads written and spoken word residencies and workshops, as well as one-to-one coaching. More about Marv Klassen-Landis.


Verandah Porche           

Guilford

Verandah Porche — poet, performer, mentor, writing partner — believes in the eloquence of unheard voices and in the universal right to play. More about Verandah Porche.


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Maker


Cardboard Teck Instantute

Montpelier

Ben t. Matchstick and Pete Talbot comprise the Cardboard Teck Instantute. They are designers, puppeteers, makers, and go-getters. They are also the inventors of the PinBox 3000, a cardboard tabletop customizable pinball kit. More about Cardboard Teck Instantute.


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Media/Photography


Rick Agran         

Montpelier

For the last two decades, Rick made his way in the world as writer, poet and image maker, college professor, photographer, radio producer, humanist and educator, social justice advocate, multimedia journalist, and arts reporter specializing in fine art and theatre.

He works primarily in public education, arts, and humanities. Rick's work encompasses the fine and literary arts, language and literature, history and culture, and the interpretation of the fine and performing arts.

More about Rick Agran.


Gin Ferrara        

South Burlington

Gin Ferrara is a media arts educator, artist, and writer living in Burlington. Gin's early work as a media instructor for young people sparked her interest in helping people tell impactful stories, and has continued to be the foundation of her career. More about Gin Ferrara.


Evie Lovett        

Putney

Evie is an artist and photographer. Much of her work has been in the area of documentary portraiture. Photographing people has been a way to connect with, hope to understand, and share the experiences of others. More about Evie Lovett.


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Music


Burlington Taiko

Stuart Paton | Burlington

With the power of an elemental force of nature, men and women play with the passion of complete abandon, fully committing their bodies and spirits to the beautiful, precise choreography and powerful, surging rhythms expressed by taiko. More about Burlington Taiko.


Michael Caduto

Norwich

Michael uses story, song, dance, instruments, and a cast of humorous and dramatic characters to present a dynamic and powerful performance. More about Michael Caduto.


Kristen Carmichael-Bowers         

West Dummerston

Kristen always loved to sing, and began vocal study at the age of 15 with Lise Messier and Nan Nall (Opera Theatre of Weston), and progressed to The New England Conservatory, where she studied with Helen Hodam and earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees. More about Kristen Carmichael-Bowers.


Michele Choiniere          

Burlington

Michele Choiniere is an award-winning Smithsonian Folkways recording artist with a radiant, compelling voice. Her music and artistry capture a delicate sensibility, overlaying a raw authenticity. Her concerts transport audiences to another time of wistful cafe-cabaret culture, with riveting rhythmic melodies or a wistful lament, which stay with you long after the concert has ended. Born into a musical Franco-American family in northern Vermont, Michele began performing traditional Franco-American music at an early age with her father Fabio, an accomplished harmonica player. More about Michele Choiniere.


Steve Ferraris    

Norwich

Steve is a percussionist trained in and specializing in West African and Afro-Cuban hand-drumming. He has 30 years of experience in arts-in-education teaching and school performances. More about Steve Ferraris.


Jon Gailmor       

Lake Elmore

Jon was born in New York City and failed to grow up in Philadelphia. He sang through high school in Connecticut and the University of Pennsylvania. More about Jon Gailmor.


Becky Graber

Brattleboro

Becky has been a musician since childhood, and a storyteller since her twenties. She graduated from Colgate University with majors in English and music, then studied the creative arts in education at Lesley University. More about Becky Graber.


David Harp        

Montpelier

David Harp doesn't just hold the world's record for most people taught harmonica at once (2,569). He's also a corporate speaker and the author of nearly two dozen books on music, health, and psychology. More about David Harp.


Junk Music with The Junkman

Donald Knaack | Manchester Center

Junk Music™ is music composed-for and performed-on using only junk and re-purposed materials by The Junkman™, world-renowned percussionist and composer Donald Knaack. More about Donald Knaack.


Rebecca Mack  

Burlington

Rebecca Mack is a sound and visual artist, performing musician, and teaching artist, living and working in Burlington. As a teaching artist, Mack works with adults and children, with a special focus on early education. More about Rebecca Mack.


Erik Nielsen     

Brookfield

An experienced teacher/mentor in composition, Erik is now in his 14th year as senior mentor with Music-COMP (formerly the Vermont MIDI Project), a program that helps young people create their own music. More about Erik Nielsen.


Evan Premo      

Warren

Double bassist, composer, and teaching artist Evan Premo is an active chamber musician who performs regularly with Ensemble ACJW at Carnegie Hall in New York City as well as internationally. Evan has performed concerti with numerous orchestras including the 2009 world premiere of his own double concerto for violin and double bass with Andrés Cárdenes and the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra. He has been featured as a soloist and chamber musician numerous times on National Public Radio shows "Performance Today" and "From the Top." More about Evan Premo.


Sayon Camara Drumming

Woodstock

Sayon Camara is an exemplary djembe player, musician, performer, and teacher. Operating with boundless joy and a deep respect for the music he stewards, he has an intimate knowledge of the traditional music of his people, the Malinke, and of Guinea, West Africa. More about Sayon Camara.


Pete Sutherland            

Monkton

Vermont folk singer/songwriter Pete Sutherland is best known as a member of the Clayfoot Strutters and Pete's Posse, and for collaborating with young musicians at schools across northern Vermont. For years, Sutherland has been an artist in residence in schools, sharing old and new ballads and helping students shape family and community stories into songs. More about  Pete Sutherland.


Swing Peepers

Starksboro

The Swing Peepers, a vocal-harmony and multi-instrument duo, perform inventive, earth-friendly, and interactive songs and stories. The Swing Peepers are lively, improvisational, and endearingly goofy. More about the Swing Peepers.


Brendan Taaffe

Brattleboro

Brendan Taaffe is a dynamic performer and teaching artist who uses traditional dances, songs, and stories to engage audiences of all ages. More about Brendan Taaffe.


Dennis Waring  

Brattleboro

Dennis Waring is an ethnomusicologist, instrument maker, educator, and performer. He offers his globally oriented productions through lecture presentations in colleges and universities as well as assembly programs and workshops in public schools. As a master teaching artist, he was honored as Connecticut State Troubadour for 2003 and 2004. More about Dennis Waring.


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Puppetry


No Strings Marionette Company

Barbara Paulson | Randolph

Engage your senses inside the enchanting world of marionettes. Puppeteers Dan Baginski and Barbara Paulson have toured America together for over eighteen years. More about Barbara Paulson.


Sandglass Theater

Eric Bass | Putney

Sandglass Theater is driven by a dedication to artistic excellence in the productions of the core ensemble and by a spirit of inclusivity in the presentation of diverse guest artists and community events. More about Sandglass Theater.


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Storytelling


Michael Caduto

Norwich

Michael uses story, song, dance, instruments, and a cast of humorous and dramatic characters to present a dynamic and powerful performance. More about Michael Caduto.


Trish Denton    

Burlington

Trish Denton hails from Detroit's ailing sister city — Pontiac, Michigan. A vagabond past took her through blue collar factory towns and over the sea before settling in the green mountains. More about Trish Denton.


Becky Graber

Brattleboro

Becky has been a musician since childhood, and a storyteller since her twenties. She graduated from Colgate University with majors in English and music, then studied the creative arts in education at Lesley University. More about Becky Graber.


Marv Klassen-Landis      

Windsor

Marv Klassen-Landis tells stories, performs poetry, and leads written and spoken word residencies and workshops, as well as one-to-one coaching. More about Marv Klassen-Landis.


Christine Mix 

Weston

Christine Mix is a published children's illustrator/author, PAL Member of SCBWI, and a member of CBIG-NYC. She is also a teaching artist in schools and camps, introducing illustration and cartooning to youth. More about Christine Mix.



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Textile


Miriam Block     

Starksboro

Miriam is a teaching artist with a background in textile design and weaving. Her goal is to gently guide children in the creative process as they explore new materials, carefully observe, problem solve, discover, and make their own connections. More about Miriam Block.


Fine Threads

Evelyn Gant        

Montpelier

Evelyn has studied various lace techniques in England and Belgium. She has also studied with numerous renowned lacemaking teachers from other European countries. More about Fine Threads.


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Theater


Trish Denton    

Burlington

Trish Denton hails from Detroit's ailing sister city — Pontiac, Michigan. A vagabond past took her through blue collar factory towns and over the sea before settling in the green mountains. More about Trish Denton.


John Hadden      

Londonderry

John Hadden was born in Berlin and spent his childhood overseas. He is a founding member of Shakespeare & Company, co-founder of Counterpoint Theater, artistic director of the Hubbard Hall Theater Company, and associate artist with We Players. More about John Hadden.


Lost Nation Theater

Montpelier

Montpelier's award-winning professional theater company (named One of the Best Regional Theaters in America by the New York City Drama League) tours productions for elementary and adult audiences. More about Lost Nation Theater.


Susan Palmer     

South Burlington

Susan has worked as an actor, theater director, and teaching artist locally and abroad for the last 17 years. She currently teaches improvisation at the University of Vermont, and and is a teaching artist at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. More about Susan Palmer.


Mark Stein 

Burlington

Mark has been working as a professional educator in schools on and off for the last twenty years, but his life as a performer and teaching artist goes back even further. In fifth grade he began performing magic shows at children’s birthday parties, retirement homes, and working with the Special Olympics; his passion and vocation for arts, performance, and education has continued unabated ever since. More about Mark Stein.


Strong Coffee Stage

Bronwyn Sims    

Brattleboro

Strong Coffee Stage is a professional physical theater company that combines movement, music, vulnerability, virtuosity, and humor to engage its audiences. More about Strong Coffee Stage.


Theatre-in-Action

Burlington

The mission of Theatre-in-Action is to use drama and theatre strategies for diversity, inclusion, empathy, perspective-taking, collaboration, healthy problem solving, and innovative approaches to social change within and outside of school settings. More about Theatre-in-Action.


Vermont Young Playwrights

Aly Perry             

Burlington

In a partnership between Vermont Stage Company, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, and the Young Writers Project, Vermont Young Playwrights helps young people to unleash their unique voices through the medium of short plays. More about Vermont Young Playwrights.


Words Come Alive

Burlington

Words Come Alive is the Flynn’s signature professional development program based on research substantiating the vital importance of the performing arts in learning. Words Come Alive techniques connect with reading, writing, social studies, science, math, social issues, foreign languages, and visual arts, enabling children to become active learners. More about Words Come Alive.


YES! Theater

Brent McCoy     

Greensboro Bend

Vermont-Based artists in residence, teaching physical comedy in schools. More about YES! Theater.


Michael Zerphy 

Windsor

Michael Zerphy invites you to explore a topsy-turvy world of comedy and chaos where the commonplace becomes majestic and every day holds the promise of a new look at something old. More about Michael Zerphy.


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Visual Arts


Mollie S. Burke

Brattleboro

Mollie Burke's training as a dancer and figure skater is evident in the circular patterns and flowing movement of her richly colored oil paintings. Vines, flowers, water, and trees create a current, drawing the viewer into an inner world grounded in home and nature.

Mollie received an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. She is a Vermont State Certified art teacher. Burke founded a nonprofit arts organization called Art in the Neighborhood, providing tuition-free visual art classes to children in low-income housing communities.She also serves in the Vermont Legislature, representing the town of Brattleboro.More about Mollie Burke.


Blue Roof Designs

Elissa Campbell | Montpelier

In a studio in beautiful Montpelier, you will find Elissa hand binding journals, photo albums, and guest books using traditional bookbinding techniques. She also designs and creates custom invitations and announcements. More about Blue Roof Designs.


Lisa Condino

Middlebury

Lisa is a visual artist with a background in a multitude of mediums. She has passionately devoted her career to using the power of the arts to support learning, empower individuals, and build community. More about Lisa Condino.


Kim Desjardins 

Burlington

Kim is a visual artist and teacher who believes that art is for all.  She wants to come to your school or group and design an awesome art experience with you based on your client or students' needs and learning goals. More about Kim Desjardins.


Judy Dow

Essex Junction

Judy is an Abenaki educator who teaches science, history, and math through art. In the recent past, she worked with Gedakina and the University of New Hampshire through a National Science Foundation grant documenting sustainable land use practices with Indigenous youth in New England. More about Judy Dow.


Dan Gottsegen  

Woodstock

Dan Gottsegen is a painter and public artist who lives and works in rural Vermont. Reviewers have called his work poignant, meditative, emotionally powerful, and haunting. His work has long been based on his active engagement with the natural environment. More about Dan Gottsegen.


Rebecca Mack  

Burlington

Rebecca Mack is a sound and visual artist, performing musician, and teaching artist, living and working in Burlington. As a teaching artist, Mack works with adults and children, with a special focus on early education. More about Rebecca Mack.


Christine Mix 

Weston

Christine Mix is a published children's illustrator/author, PAL Member of SCBWI, and a member of CBIG-NYC. She is also a teaching artist in schools and camps, introducing illustration and cartooning to youth. More about Christine Mix.


Susan Rosano 

Brattleboro

Susan has been a master teaching artist for the past 15 years, bringing visual and expressive arts projects to schools, libraries, hospitals, museums and other venues for people of all ages, from pre-k to senior citizens. More about Susan Rosano.


Michelle Saffran

Moretown

The visual outcome of Michelle's photo-based work takes different forms, but the underlying intention remains the same; it is a practice centered on responding to the role of memories and life experiences in shaping personal identity. More about Michelle Saffran.


Gowri Savoor    

Barre

Gowri Savoor is a practicing visual artist working in environmental sculpture, painting, and works on paper. Born in Manchester, UK, Gowri was educated in Manchester and Leeds, UK and now resides permanently in Vermont. She has exhibited nationally and internationally. More about Gowri Savoor.


Rebecca Schwarz             

Burlington

Rebecca teaches from the foundation that all things, histories, and particles are connected and pulsing. She shares inspiration from patterns in nature, technology, and the interconnected cultures and contexts of our time. She teaches community or school group workshops, does artist residencies and welcomes complex environments. More about Rebecca Schwarz.


Emily Titterton  

Winooski

Emily Titterton is an art teacher. Her work is inspired by everyday images and travel. She creates art in a variety of media, but most of all, she loves the freedom that printmaking allows in manipulating and repeating a static image. More about Emily Titterton.


Kristen M. Watson          

Georgia

Kristen loves to teach all kinds of art and has experience teaching book arts, altered books, hand-built and wheel-thrown ceramics, digital stop motion animation and claymation, digital and analog (darkroom) photography, and 3D sculpture and assemblage. More about Kristen M. Watson.


Linda Whelihan 

Brattleboro

Linda Whelihan has over 15 years of experience teaching art in classrooms and communities to a wide variety of students. She has been a frequent presenter at state Arts Council-sponsored professional development workshops for teachers on the topic of arts integration. Linda has a bachelor's degree in graphic design from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Art Education from the Maryland Institute College of Art.More about Linda Whelihan.


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