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I n t r o d u c i n g  D r. R o s a l i n d  F l y n n

Rosalind Flynn is an educational drama consultant whose national touring workshops for teachers were developed in collaboration with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In 1995 she completed her dissertation on the use of drama as a learning method and received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.

At The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, Rosalind is the head of the Master of Arts in Theatre Education (MATE) degree program. Her courses include “The Teaching of Theatre” and “Drama in Education.”
From 2002-2007, Rosalind was the Youth Education Consultant for the Washington Performing Arts Society. In that capacity, she observed, consulted with, and led professional development experiences for artists who perform and work in schools. She has designed and presented Artist Residency Institutes focusing on enhancing the development and delivery of arts residencies in classrooms locally and nationally.

Rosalind’s articles on educational drama have been published in Dramatics, Youth Theatre Journal, Language Arts, English Journal, Teaching Artist Journal, and The Reading Teacher. She is also the author of two books on the educational uses of drama—A Dramatic Approach to Reading Comprehension (Heinemann, 2006; co-author Lenore Blank Kelner) and Dramatizing the Content With Curriculum-Based Readers Theatre, Grades 6-12 (The International Reading Association, 2007).

Since 1994, she has conducted workshops for students and teachers from 41 states and the District of Columbia. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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 Rosalind M. Flynn



Doctor of Philosophy, Education, Curriculum and Instruction. Research Focus: The Use of Drama as a Learning Method. The University of Maryland, College Park, December 1995.
Master of Education, The University of Maryland, College Park, December 1981.
Bachelor of Arts, Drama, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, May 1978.


For Classroom Teachers
Arts Integration Workshops for Teachers and Students: Leader of five nationally touring arts integration workshops, developed in collaboration with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. 1994-present.
  • “From Story to Stage: The Drama in Classroom Literature”
  • “Exploring Secondary School Literature and Social Studies through Drama Techniques”
  • “Theme Theater: A Guide for Teachers and Directors”
  • “Dramatizing the Content: Curriculum-Based Readers Theatre”
  • "Improving Student Writing: Creating Dialogue through Drama"
For Artists who Perform in Schools
Youth Education Consultant: The Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS). Advisor to the Youth Education Director and to over 30 artists who present in-school performances and residencies. 2002-2007.
Responsibilities include:
  • observing school performances and programs.
  • consulting with artists to help them strengthen their performances and programs both artistically and educationally.
  • conducting ongoing professional development for the WPAS artists.
For Artists who Conduct Classroom Arts Residencies
Artist Residency Professional Development Institute Designer and Presenter: Developed the content for and led institutes for artists who present programs in schools and conduct arts residencies with teachers and students. Work presented for Teaching Artists in Washington, DC, Indianapolis, IN, and Sacramento, CA. 2003-present.

Institute Topics have included:
  • enhancing the Teacher/Artist Partnership to increase the effectiveness of the residency both in delivery and results.
  • contributing to the development of a Model for Artist/Teacher Collaboration.
  • articulating residency goals, incorporating both art form and curriculum content area(s).
  • setting reasonable classroom arts goals
  • designing effective lesson plans and learning activities
  • adjusting arts activities for young people
  • adjusting the order and delivery of activities to maintain maximum student involvement
  • designing participatory learning activities that scaffold on one another and on previous lessons.
  • sharing classroom management strategies
  • setting up the physical space of the classroom
  • establishing ground rules
  • giving clear directions
  • asking questions effectively
  • maintaining maximum student involvement


Dramatic Developments Short Play Award Winner, 2007, Middle School play The School for Parents won the 2007 playwriting contest sponsored by The Boston Public Schools' Office of Curriculum & Instructional Practices for the Arts
Performance Guide Writer and Editor: Responsible for writing and editing performance study guides for educational theatre productions.
  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 1994-present
  • ArtsPower National Touring Theatre, 1998-present.
  • The Washington Performing Arts Society, 2002-present.


Master of Arts in Theatre Education Degree Program: The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. Administrator of a brand new degree program at the university beginning in the Fall 2007 semester.
Instructor: The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. Drama Department course DR 526: The Teaching of Theatre. 1989-present.
Teacher: Northwood High School, Silver Spring, MD, Taught Theatre, Speech, English, and Television Production.1980-1984.
Instructor: The Catholic University High School Drama Institute. Summers 1978-1982.


Theatre Instructor: U.S. Department of Defense Dependents Schools, Oberwesel, Germany. Taught high school students in a week-long program --"Creative Connections." 1996-1999.
Middle School Drama Director: Georgetown Day School, Washington, DC. Developed and directed two student-written and created productions. Performance material was developed from students' compositions, poetry, and improvisations. 1998-1999.
Elementary School Drama Director: Flower Valley Elementary School, Rockville, MD. Developed and conducted program called Theatre Production Workshop that each year involved over 70 students in grades K-5 in an annual theatrical production.1990-1996.
Middle School Drama Director: Earle B. Wood Middle School, Rockville, MD. 1991-1994.
High School Drama Director: Northwood High School. Coordinated all aspects of six fully-staged plays and musicals. 1980-1984.


Dramatizing the Content With Curriculum-Based Readers Theatre, Grades 6-12, The International Reading Association, 2007.
A Dramatic Approach to Reading Comprehension with Lenore Blank Kelner. Heinemann, in press.
“Giving Directions: A Teaching Art,” Teaching Artist Journal, Vol. 5, no. 1, Spring 2007.
“The Particulars of Planning: An Arts Residency Communication Checklist,” with Michael W. Bigley. Teaching Artist Journal, Vol. 3, no. 3, Summer 2005.
“Curriculum-Based Readers Theatre: Setting the Stage for Reading and Retention,” The Reading Teacher, Vol. 58, no. 4, Dec 2004/Jan 2005.
"Shakespearean Slide Shows," English Journal, September 2002.
“The School for Parents: Creating a Play with Middle School Students.” Stage of the Art, Summer 2000.
"Developing and Using Curriculum-based Creative Drama in Fifth Grade Reading/Language Arts Instruction: A Drama Specialist and a Classroom Teacher Collaborate," Youth Theatre Journal, 1997.
"Book Strategies: Wendy Kesselman and Barbara Cooney's Emma," with Gail A. Carr, Book Links, July 1995.
"Exploring Classroom Literature through Drama: A Specialist and a Teacher Collaborate," with Gail A.Carr, Language Arts, January 1994.
"Problem Solving with a Purpose: Science through Drama," with Gail A. Carr, Science Activities, Fall 1993.
"The Press Rep at Work," Dramatics, January 1992.
"The Drama Specialist: Controlled by... Controlling by...," Youth Theatre Journal, vol. 5, no. 3, 1991.
"English and History via Drama: Ways and Means," The Clearing House, vol. 63, October 1989.
"A Performance Evaluation that Works," The Drama/Theatre Teacher, vol. 1, no. 3, Summer 1989.
"Setting Her Own Stages," Dramatics, March 1989.
"Don't Cast Your Fate to the Wind," Dramatics, November 1985.
          April 2007