Teaching artist and choreographer Ashley Hensel-Browning addresses a group.

Ashley Hensel-Browning

Ashley is a teaching artist and choreographer whose work investigates how movement creates a more aware, engaged, and connected community. She has received multiple grants for her teaching and creative work and is a Juried Teaching Artist through the Vermont Arts Council. Projects include teacher trainings, school residencies, dance in restorative justice and correctional facilities programs as well as community-inspired and inclusive original productions. 

She currently teaches at the Dance Factory in Springfield, Vermont and serves as a staff teaching artist for the Community Engagement Lab and Inclusive Arts Vermont. She has degrees from Hampshire College and Harvard Graduate School of Education. 


Dancer Suzanne Stern leaps across a stage in a red tutu.

Suzanne Stern

As a young dancer in Vermont, Suzanne Stern performed with Black River Dance, Red Ink Dance, and Arthur Hall's NewVerMaine Dance Company. She continued her training at New York University, New Dance Group, and Peridance Capezio Center in New York City while working as a musician, composer, and recording artist.

Now based in Vermont, Suzanne works to support local arts organizations as a performer, teacher, choreographer, writer, and advocate. 

Erica Yuengling

Erica is a veteran actor, theater director, and dancer. Favorite theater experiences in New York and Wilmington, NC include the title role in Sylvia, Val in A Chorus Line, Guys and Dolls, Singing in the Rain, Oliver!, and Into the Woods

When she moved to Vermont 16 years ago to raise a family, she began directing theater for young audiences. Erica earned her M.Ed at Mount Saint Joseph University and is a special educator and theater arts teacher at Weathersfield School.