Brian Boyes is an award-winning educator, musician, and composer. For over 25 years, he has cultivated powerful and innovative learning experiences for students, supporting them to create and share original music and art. Brian is the founder and creative director of Soundcheck.
Pianist/keyboardist/composer Tom Cleary teaches in the jazz studies program at UVM, coordinates the Flynn jazz program, and teaches private lessons in his home studio. He co-leads the jazz quartet Birdcode with vocalist Amber deLaurentis, and has performed and recorded with Mike Gordon, Ray Vega, Ellen Powell, Brian McCarthy, Patricia Julien, and Jamie Masefield. His work in musical theater includes music direction for shows at Northern Stage, Saint Michael's Playhouse, and UVM Theater. Visit his website and blog.
Alex is a movement artist and teacher who loves collaborative improvisational dance. They create place-based work that maps the emotional landscapes of being human. Alex loves organizing community movement practices, from ceremonies honoring our dead to dance parties just for the fun of it!
Jen has a B.A. in Music Education from Saint Michael's College and is a longtime music educator and performer, working both privately and in schools throughout Vermont. She has been the vocal coach/musical director and accompanist for many musical theater productions during her career, most recently at EHS, MMU, Lyric Theatre Company, and the Flynn. A life-long Vermonter, Jen currently lives in Jericho with her husband, Chris, and children, Sam and Caleigh.
Deb Margolin is a playwright, actor, and founding member of Split Britches Theater Company. She is the author of 11 full-length solo performance pieces, which she has toured throughout the United States, as well as 12 full-length multi-character plays, and is the recipient of an OBIE Award. Deb currently teaches in Yale University’s undergraduate Theater and Performance Studies program. She lives in New Jersey.
Tracy Martin teaches young children around the state as well as through the Flynn’s signature Words Come Alive school program. She studied dance at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and received her MFA in dance from UWM. She is the artistic director of Phantom Theater, a venue that produces original works in dance, theater, and music.
photo credit: Emily Boedecker
“Professor” Ben t. Matchstick is the founder of the Montpelier-based Cardboard Teck Institute. He is the co-creator of the PinBox 3000 cardboard tabletop pinball machine kit (with Pete Talbot). He co-conceived the original Hadestown (with Anaïs Mitchell), now on Broadway. He has worked as a youth advocate, librarian, café owner, educator, puppeteer, artist, game master, and entrepreneur in Vermont for 20+ years. He has a BA in Theater from Northwestern University and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College.
Sara has been involved in the research, teaching, performing of movement as a form of artistic and personal development for the past 40 years. Her teaching approach draws from elements of Bartenieff Fundamentals, Body-Mind Centering, basic principles of anatomy and kinesiology, and improvisational and modern dance techniques. She has extensive training in Modern Dance, Body Mind Dancing, and is a Dance for PD® certified teacher.
As the owner of All Heart Inspirations, Ferene creates heart-centered spaces through workshops, community engagements, culinary art, and more! Through storytelling, she aspires to make a collective difference within our local community and beyond one story at a time. We all have stories worthy of telling. What’s yours?! Learn more about Ferene and upcoming offerings on her website.
Emily Mott teaches piano, musicality, and dance, and is also a massage therapist and therapeutic horseback riding instructor. She lives in Burlington on a very musical block with her wife and whiskered friends.
Taryn works throughout Central & Northern Vermont as a stage director, choreographer, actor and vocalist. She attended the Circle in The Square Theatre School in Manhattan and also trained in the Ballroom and Latin dances while living in New York. Originally from Toronto, Canada, she began her movement life training as a Rhythmic Gymnast and she credits and thanks her parents for urging her in that direction. Taryn serves as the Director of Children's Ministries at the Stowe Community Church, and she resides in Craftsbury with her partner Dave.
Jasper Oliver is a writer of fables for adults and children, an illustrator, and a performance artist. He loves to take long walks and play with doggies.
K. Richardson loves making theatre with teens. During the school year, she is the full-time acting teacher and director at Germantown Academy in Ft. Washington, PA. She is a certified Meisner Instructor and has taught classes in acting, improv, and music theater at over a dozen programs in the greater Philadelphia area. As the performing arts find their new normal, she is grateful to be working with the Flynn to bring tomorrow’s artists on stage today.
Hanna Satterlee creates performance experiences and conceptual artworks for stage, site, and film. Hanna holds degrees and certifications in dance therapy, psychology, performance, choreography, vinyassa/yin/restorative yoga, non-profit management, and arts integration. Hanna shares these passions as an intergenerational educator, interdisciplinary performer and collaborator, experimental curator, and event producer.
Susanne Schmidt is a comedic storyteller, producer, and teaching artist. As a storyteller, Susanne’s work has been featured on WGBH Stories from the Stage, NPR, HBO's Inspiration Room, and CBS Sunday Morning. She is a 2021 recipient of a Webby Award for her story House on Fire and was named the Best of Valley Voices Storyteller by New England Public Media in 2016 and 2022. Susanne is currently a StorySlam producer for The Moth and the creative director for Say it Forward Productions.
Elisa is a professional actress, singer, dancer, director, choreographer, and teaching artist. She is a Broadway veteran who now shares her love of theater with students of all ages.
Jim is passionate about the transformative power of music and loves being the man behind the piano supporting voices of all types. He has music directed both solo cabaret acts and full-scale musicals throughout the Philadelphia region. Jim continues to work as a teacher, songwriter, performer, and accompanist, and is currently in the process of opening a private music studio. His first album is titled Wade in the Water, and he is currently working on content for a second.
Stefanie Weigand (she/her) enjoys working as a presenter, clinician, and guest conductor across the region. She directs the Polaris Singers at Northern VT University, where she also teaches musical theater; has served as president and membership chair of the VT chapter of American Choral Directors Association; currently serves as the Chair of the NAfME Council for Choral Education; and is director of education with Music-COMP. Stefanie toured nationally with Children’s Theatre Company and works as a performer, pit musician, and music director in New York and Vermont, appearing with TURNmusic, the Vermont Philharmonic, Stowe Theatre Guild, Lyric Theatre, and more.