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.
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.
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.
Sebastienne is a performance-maker, installation artist, and educator with more than 30 years of experience in interdisciplinary arts and arts education. Her work integrates visual installation, puppetry, storytelling, dance, and theater. In 2007, she focused her practice by founding and artistic-directing White Box Theatre, a project-based nonprofit which creates responsive and immersive interdisciplinary, arts-based learning experiences, performances, and public events, for people of all ages.
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.
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.
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.