Education and Community Engagement Specialist
Trish has been committed to the facilitation of community-based projects for 15 years. With a focus on storytelling and the performing arts, she received a BA in Cultural Studies from Goddard College. During this time she was the Managing Director of ClothingChange, an organization that facilitated collaborations between artisans in developing nations with young, urban makers. Relocating to Burlington, Vermont in 2009, Trish began freelancing as a Teaching Artist, working closely with organizations such as Very Merry Theater, Burlington City Arts, and Vermont Arts Council, to incite dialogue through storytelling and the performing arts. While pursuing an advanced degree at Dartmouth from 2014-2017, Trish was involved with Telling My Story, an applied theater project using storytelling and personal testimony in rehab and correctional facilities. Her thesis, “The Education of Imagination” combined research in oral history, collective memory, pedagogy, and performance, to propose a new model of arts integration borrowing from folklore and ethnography. The thesis took the form of an applied, city-wide project centered on a 2016 mainstage production of Brundibár. Trish is the founder of In Tandem Arts, an organization that serves as an agency for socially engaged artists, as well as a production company for community-based performance. She has partnered with Community Engagement Lab, Shelburne Farms, Shelburne Museum, 350VT, Vermont Birth Network, Counseling Services of Addison County, The Miller Center for Holocaust Studies, and VSAVT to design innovative programming. Trish serves as the Education and Community Engagement Specialist at VFC, focusing on Discovering Community school outreach and community partnerships.