Teaching Artists & Staff
The Flynn’s Words Come Alive program takes pride in our gifted teaching artists with extensive experience working in schools. Each inspires discovery, nurtures creativity, and believes all people are capable of developing expressive skills in dance and theater.
STACY RAPHAEL (Program Director & Teaching Artist) is the Associate Director of School Programs at the Flynn and the director of the Words Come Alive program. Stacy has been a teaching artist, theater producer and director, and arts administrator in Chicago, Seattle, Maine and Vermont. Before taking over school programs at the Flynn, Stacy directed arts education programs at the Vermont Arts Council, overseeing programs, grants and services to schools and nonprofit arts organizations throughout the state.
LAUREN GENTA (School Programs Coordinator) has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Theater for Young Audiences from DePaul University in Chicago. Lauren has worked at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Emerald City Theatre Company, and most recently at McCarter Theatre Center in New Jersey. She also is a teaching artist and administrator for Young Rembrandts Vermont.
SUE BAILEY (Teaching Artist) is Vermont-based teacher, choreographer, and performer who has taught jazz, ballet, tap, modern, and composition to students of all ages throughout the state. She is a former faculty member of UVM, Harwood Union High School, and Spotlight Vermont. Sue is a graduate of the Arts Connect Professional Development Program and holds a BA in Dance and Education.
TRACY MARTIN (Teaching Artist) teaches dance around the state as well as through our FlynnArts classes. She studied dance at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and is artistic director of Phantom Theater, creating original works in dance, theater, and music. Tracy has worked with Words Come Alive! since 2002.
JENNY NORRIS (Teaching Artist) has worked in education for over ten years as an elementary class teacher and teaching artist. She trained in Primary Education at the Institute of Education in London, England, where she specialized in arts integration and drama based pedagogy. Jenny has performed at the Edinburgh and New Orleans fringe festivals and clowned alongside Patch Adams.
SUSANNA OLSON (Teaching Artist) holds an M.A. in acting from Northwestern University, where she learned how to use creative drama in a variety of settings including Chicago's Adler Planetarium. Susanna serves as an adjunct faculty member of St. Michael’s College Graduate Program in Education. She has worked as a Flynn teaching artist, around the birth of her two sons, since 1998.
SUSAN PALMER (Teaching Artist) Susan Palmer holds an MFA in theatre directing from Middlesex University in London, England. She has worked as a teaching artist for The Flynn Center for over 10 years. She also teaches improvisation at UVM, runs the after school drama program at Essex High School and works at numerous schools as a director and resident artist. Her work and training in the past 2 years has been focused on arts integration.
JOAN ROBINSON (Teaching Artist) is the drama coach at the Integrated Arts Academy and the founder of the Words Come Alive program. More than 25 years of experience performing, teaching, and storytelling inform her work at the Flynn and at Saint Michael’s College, where she teaches in the graduate program in education.
KAREN SHARPWOLF (Teaching Artist) holds an M.A. in arts education from Saint Michael’s College. She was the director of education for the Green Mountain Club and served as master puppeteer for Kids on the Block-Vermont, performing throughout the state. She has been a teaching artist for the Flynn since 2002.
LIDA WINFIELD (Teaching Artist) is an accomplished dancer, choreographer and spoken word artist who has performed both nationally and internationally. She teaches through the Flynn’s signature Words Come Alive arts integration program in schools, helping children and adults learn to access truth and meaning from the body and in words. In her personal creations, Lida focuses primarily on solo and duet performances that are rich with movement, spoken word, and visual art.