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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


Alissa Faber

Burlington

Alissa is a clay and glass artist. She loves to share her passion for these materials with others; clay and glass are great mediums for outdoor art. Alissa can work with your school to design a community art installation or outdoor sculpture with students. Her teaching style is process-heavy with exploration of materials being at the center of every artist experience. More about Alissa Faber.


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 and emotional learning. 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 support 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 join 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 and Maya McCoy | Greensboro Bend

Vermont-based vaudevillians Brent and Maya are professional variety entertainers who perform and teach their unique brand of physical comedy all around the world. In YES! Theater residencies, students learn new ways to communicate, imagine, problem-solve, and support one another as they create their own comedy and learn a broad range of circus skills. More about YES! Theater.


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Cultural Heritage


Michele Choiniere          

Burlington

Michele 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 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.


David Harp        

Montpelier

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


Fuá Nascimento

Montpelier

Fuá shares with energy and enthusiasm his wealth of knowledge around the fascinating art of Capoeira. In his master classes or visiting artist residencies, he invites students, staff, teachers, and all community members to step out of their comfort zone and embark on a cultural journey. This immersion is done through Capoeira’s traditional music, movement, and emphasizing these key principles: faith, positivity, respect,bravery and "I don’t know it." (vs. "I can’t do it.") More about Fuá Nascimento.


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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 thirty 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 is a dance and movement educator and performer living in Burlington and teaching at Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans. Alexis has a bachelor's degree in biology, environmental studies, and dance from Oberlin College as well as a master's in teaching from The University of Vermont. She is currently working toward an master's in dance at Montclair State University. More about Alexis Kamitses.


Fuá Nascimento

Montpelier

Fuá shares with energy and enthusiasm his wealth of knowledge around the fascinating art of Capoeira. In his master classes or visiting artist residencies, he invites students, staff, teachers, and all community members to step out of their comfort zone and embark on a cultural journey. This immersion is done through Capoeira’s traditional music, movement, and emphasizing these key principles: faith, positivity, respect,bravery and "I don’t know it." (vs. "I can’t do it.") More about Fuá Nascimento.


Brendan Taaffe

Brattleboro

Man of many hats, Brendan Taaffe is a musician, dance caller, and crankie artist who loves working with students to have fun and create community with traditional New England community dance and, more recently, creating “crankies” (scrolling paper images that accompany songs or stories) as group projects. Brendan has been working as an artist in schools for many years, and is comfortable engaging kids from kindergarten through high school with music and dance and stories. More about Brendan Taaffe.


Alia Thabit         

Saint Johnsbury

Alia is a dancer and choreographer of Lebanese and Palestinian descent who 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.


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.


Lizzy Fox

Williston

Lizzy is a poet and educator with a Master of Fine Arts in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Fascinated by the intersections of poetry, performance, and mindfulness, she teaches creative writing workshops, helps students prepare for public readings, and leads courses on poetry as a spiritual (nonreligious) practice. Lizzy has also directed elementary school plays and curates original student performance pieces. Her poems have received the Laura J. Spooner Prize and the Corrine Eastman Davis Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of Vermont and have appeared in journals, anthologies, and art displays. More about Lizzy Fox.


Geof Hewitt       

Calais

Geof is the author of four books of poems and Vermont's reigning poetry slam champion. He 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 tells stories, performs poetry, and leads written and spoken word residencies and workshops, as well as providing one-to-one coaching. More about Marv Klassen-Landis.


Verandah Porche           

Guilford

Verandah — 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

Ben t. Matchstick and Pete Talbot | Montpelier

Ben and Pete 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.


Courtney Reckord

South Burlington

Courtney is an arts educator with a decade of experience teaching a wide variety of visual arts.Her specialties include arts integration, social issues and STEAM, as well as projects that involve the community, school community, and beyond. She has a background in science and believes it to be a natural fit with art. Her previous experience as both educator in residence and as maker in residence at the Generator maker space gives her firsthand experience with teaching the tools of technology, and with designing units that are project-based, meaningful, and relevant. More about Courtney Reckord.


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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 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. In her role as community engagement manager, she works with community groups and schools at the Regional Educational Television Network, teaching video-making, graphic design, and audio storytelling. More about Gin Ferrara.


Meredith Holch

East Hardwick

Meredith is a stop-motion animation artist, puppeteer, and crankie-picture-show maker specializing in socially relevant themes. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in film/video from Bard College. Meredith has over fifteen years' experience teaching stop-motion animation and puppetry at elementary through college levels. Her workshops are easily incorporated into K-12 curriculum and promote communication skills, collaboration, patience, and self-esteem. Students engage quickly with the hands-on approach. Workshops culminate in short animated videos, performances, or giant puppet parades. Music and sounds play an integral role. More about Meredith Holch.


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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Multidisciplinary


Community Engagement Lab

Montpelier

The mission of the Community Engagement Lab (CEL) is to place creativity at the center of learning so all students have the creative and critical thinking skills they need to succeed in school and life. Among CEL’s broad set of programming, they provide teaching artist residencies in partnering schools to help teachers and community partners provide more creative learning opportunities for their students. CEL’s flagship program is the Vermont Creative Schools Initiative. More about Community Engagement Lab.


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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.


Michele Choiniere          

Burlington

Michele 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' experience teaching through arts in education and school performances. More about Steve Ferraris.


Jon Gailmor       

Elmore

Jon uses songwriting to help participants of all ages discover themselves, their uniqueness, and their poetic and musical talents. He collaborates with teachers to structure a songwriting activity around specific themes or a curriculum, and engages students in the process through open-ended questions.  Lessons in language — e.g., defining similes, metaphors, meters and rhythm; exploring lyrics versus poetry, etc., — present themselves throughout the process. Jon records and shares the final product. He is also available to coordinate a culminating event as a part of his residencies. 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 two majors — one in English and one in music — then studied the creative arts in education at Lesley University. More about Becky Graber.


David Harp        

Montpelier

David 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.


Matthew LaRocca

Burlington

Matt is a composer, conductor and educator. He is on the composition and theory faculty at the University of Vermont and is the artistic director of the Champlain Philharmonic Orchestra. Matt is also the executive director of Music-COMP, an organization that teaches composition to students throughout the country and facilitates live performances of their music by professional musicians. Committed to new music and innovation, Matt is the chair of creative projects and artistic curator for the Vermont Symphony. More about Matt LaRocca.


Rebecca Mack  

Burlington

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


Erik Nielsen     

Brookfield

Erik is an experienced teacher/mentor in composition. He has been a senior mentor with Music-COMP, a program that helps young people create their own music, since 2003.  More about Erik Nielsen.


Evan Premo      

Warren

Evan is a double bassist, composer, and teaching artist as well as an active chamber musician who performs regularly with Ensemble ACJW at Carnegie Hall in New York City and internationally. He 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. Evan 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 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 of Guinea, West Africa. More about Sayon Camara.


Pete Sutherland            

Monkton

Pete is a folk singer/songwriter 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, he 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

Man of many hats, Brendan is a musician, dance caller, and crankie artist who loves working with students to have fun and create community with traditional New England community dance and, more recently, creating “crankies” (scrolling paper images that accompany songs or stories) as group projects. Brendan has been working as an artist in schools for many years, and is comfortable engaging kids from kindergarten through high school with music and dance and stories. More about Brendan Taaffe.


Dennis Waring  

Brattleboro

Dennis 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


Sarah Frechette

Georgia

Sarah is an artist, puppeteer, and founder of PuppetKabob, an award-winning puppet company that has toured internationally. As a company, PuppetKabob blends science and history with puppetry arts to create dynamic and interactive theater experience. More about Sarah Frechette.


Meredith Holch

East Hardwick

Meredith is a stop-motion animation artist, puppeteer, and crankie-picture-show maker specializing in socially relevant themes. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in film/video from Bard College. Meredith has over fifteen years' experience teaching stop-motion animation and puppetry at elementary through college levels. Her workshops are easily incorporated into K-12 curriculum and promote communication skills, collaboration, patience, and self-esteem. Students engage quickly with the hands-on approach. Workshops culminate in short animated videos, performances, or giant puppet parades. Music and sounds play an integral role. More about Meredith Holch.


No Strings Marionette Company

Barbara Paulson | Randolph

Barbara is a touring marionette puppeteer and teaching artist who partners with organizations to help participants tell their personal story through the voice of puppetry. As co-creator of the No Strings Marionette Company, Barbara knows bravery, flexibility, tenacity, and fun are essential to her creative process and encourages students to fearlessly examine the cycle of creation and revision as they make meaningful connections to original and inspired work. 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

Originally from Detroit, Trish is fascinated by cultural expression born from extremes. She put herself through school as a street performer, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from Goddard College. She went on to receive an advanced degree from Dartmouth College. Trish designs and directs stage productions for theater, dance, and music; crafts folktales and story-based works;and produces community productions. With her freelance practice In Tandem Arts, she works with museums, schools, and other cultural institutions to produce interdisciplinary projects with a pedagogical twist. One recent project combined a series of residencies and public programs with a main stage production of the children's opera "Brundibar.” 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 two majors — one in English and one in music — then studied the creative arts in education at Lesley University. More about Becky Graber.


Marv Klassen-Landis      

Windsor

Marv tells stories, performs poetry, and leads written and spoken word residencies and workshops, as well as providing 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.


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.


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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

Originally from Detroit, Trish is fascinated by cultural expression born from extremes. She put herself through school as a street performer, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from Goddard College. She went on to receive an advanced degree from Dartmouth College. Trish designs and directs stage productions for theater, dance, and music; crafts folktales and story-based works;and produces community productions. With her freelance practice In Tandem Arts, she works with museums, schools, and other cultural institutions to produce interdisciplinary projects with a pedagogical twist. One recent project combined a series of residencies and public programs with a main stage production of the children's opera "Brundibar.” More about Trish Denton.


Lizzy Fox

Williston

Lizzy is a poet and educator with a Master of Fine Arts in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Fascinated by the intersections of poetry, performance, and mindfulness, she teaches creative writing workshops, helps students prepare for public readings, and leads courses on poetry as a spiritual (nonreligious) practice. Lizzy has also directed elementary school plays and curates original student performance pieces. Her poems have received the Laura J. Spooner Prize and the Corrine Eastman Davis Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of Vermont and have appeared in journals, anthologies, and art displays. More about Lizzy Fox.


John Hadden      

Londonderry

John 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.


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 and Maya McCoy | Greensboro Bend

Vermont-based vaudevillians Brent and Maya are professional variety entertainers who perform and teach their unique brand of physical comedy all around the world. In YES! Theater residencies, students learn new ways to communicate, imagine, problem-solve, and support one another as they create their own comedy and learn a broad range of circus skills. More about YES! Theater.


Michael Zerphy 

Windsor

Michael 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'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 a master's degree 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 offers a range of bookbinding workshops appropriate for either students or teachers. She has worked in both traditional and nontraditional educational settings, art centers, and community festivals. Her training as an art therapist has given her invaluable tools that she uses when teaching and workshops are easily adapted to make them accessible to a variety of populations. More about Blue Roof Designs.


Lisa Condino

Middlebury

Lisa is a visual artist with a background in a multitude of mediums. She passionately devotes her career to using the arts to support learning, empower individuals, and build community. Lisa works to promote self-advocacy and believes everyone has a voice that deserves to be heard and seen. Providing a safe environment for creative expression, social and emotional learning, active engagement, and the inclusion of all students are at the root of her teaching. More about Lisa Condino.


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.


Alissa Faber

Burlington

Alissa is a clay and glass artist. She loves to share her passion for these materials with others; clay and glass are great mediums for outdoor art. Alissa can work with your school to design a community art installation or outdoor sculpture with students. Her teaching style is process-heavy with exploration of materials being at the center of every artist experience. More about Alissa Faber.


Dan Gottsegen  

Woodstock

Dan Gottsegen lives and works in rural Vermont; he has been an Arts Council Teaching Artist for over ten years. His work is influenced by wilderness wanderings and meditations and he often derives images from video that he shoots. Recently he was selected from artists across the country to be the single Artist in Residence in 2017 at the Cedar Key National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. In 2016 he completed a two-month artist residency at Stiwdeo Maelor in Corris, Wales, U.K. He has a B.A. from Brown University, and an M.F.A. in painting from California College of the Arts. More about Dan Gottsegen.


Rebecca Mack  

Burlington

Rebecca 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 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.


Karl Neubauer

Newbury

Karl has been working as a visual artist and an artisan since 1985. He offers a wide range of residencies based in the visual arts with an emphasis on drawing and sculpture. His methods also focus on the student/artist’s creative practice. More about Karl Neubauer.


Courtney Reckord

South Burlington

Courtney is an arts educator with a decade of experience teaching a wide variety of visual arts.Her specialties include arts integration, social issues and STEAM, as well as projects that involve the community, school community, and beyond. She has a background is in science that she believes to be a natural fit with art. Her previous experience as both educator in residence and as maker in residence at the Generator maker space gives her firsthand experience with teaching the tools of technology, and with designing units that are project-based, meaningful, and relevant. More about Courtney Reckord.


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

Michelle is skilled in teaching photography (digital and darkroom), digital media (Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign), book making, assemblage and collage, and drawing.  She has taught in public schools, community art centers, colleges, and privately. More about Michelle Saffran.


Gowri Savoor    

Barre

Gowri is a practicing visual artist working in environmental sculpture, painting, and works on paper. Born in Manchester, U.K., Gowri was educated in Manchester and Leeds, U.K. 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 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          

Burlington

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 has a special knack for providing workshops that tap into each individual’s creativity. She excels at integrating the arts into the classroom curriculum and designs engaging, art-full activities that reinforce learning while building community. She specializes in creative recycling, puppet and bookmaking, and large-scale mural and mosaic projects. More about Linda Whelihan.


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