Profile Type: Cultural Nonprofit
Cultural Nonprofit
Flynn Center's Words Come Alive: Arts|Literacy|Imagination

Words Come Alive is the Flynn’s signature professional development program based on research substantiating the vital importance of the performing arts in learning. Since 2001, through Words Come Alive, classroom teachers have worked in close collaboration with Flynn teaching artists to develop drama and movement techniques that address curricular goals while strengthening students’ expressive skills. 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. They become ecosystems, embody poems, and get into the shoes of story characters. They relive the Boston Tea Party and create movement pieces about the Holocaust and child labor. The applications are endless. Words Come Alive is available in stand-alone classroom or teacher workshops, and it is also available as a multi-year, full professional development and arts integration program for classrooms or whole schools.

“When we dance and act out stories, they become a part of us.” This observation from a student sums up what Flynn Center’s Words Come Alive in your classroom is all about: students learning ways to deeply engage in curricular material with dance or theater. By grade level, teachers choose the content and specific learning goals they wish to focus upon, either a topic in history or science, or a novel or picture book(s), or playwriting. They also choose the art form (dance or theater) they wish to see demonstrated. Professional , skilled Flynn teaching artists then create highly interactive student sessions to bring the content to life. Note: Flynn residencies may also center around one of the Flynn Center for Performing Arts ’ nationally and internationally recognized student matinee performances and include a trip to the Flynn Center to witness the chosen live performance. 

Words Come Alive residencies emphasize the creative process of learning rather than working towards and refining a product. The Flynn Center aims to empower teachers to use the techniques demonstrated in the residency once the work is complete. To that end, the Flynn highly recommend that a workshop be offered before and/or after residency to the classroom teachers to familiarize them with Words Come Alive! techniques.

Availability & Rates:
Available throughout Vermont; Mileage charged outside of Chittenden County. Programming rates and funding opportunities vary. Please inquire.


Additional Links: 
An overview of the WCA Program at the Flynn Center
Check out this collection of WCA Videos by RETN
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Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
School Programs Manager
Mailing Address: 
153 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05401
Physical Address: 
153 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05401
Last Name: 
Parent Organization/Affiliation: 
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts


Profile Type: 
Cultural Nonprofit
Primary Discipline: 
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - General
Theater - General
Theater - Improv
Year Founded: 
Populations Served: 
Immigrant Populations
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Arts Service Organizations
Activities and Services: 
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Curriculum Development
Professional Development / Training
Residency - In School
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Geographic Reach: 

Affiliations and Accomplishments

I am on the following State Arts Agency Roster(s): 
Vermont Education Roster

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision
Access accommodations for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing
Accessible website and/or multimedia for people with sensory disabilities

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - Foreign Languages
Arts Integration - Health
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Arts Integration - Mathematics
Arts Integration - Physical Education
Arts Integration - Science / Technology / Engineering
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
Fee Range Minimum: 
Fee Range Maximum: