EDUCATION STAFF


MADELYN ARDITO
DIRECTOR OF LEARNING
Delighted to work in the Education Department at Long Wharf Theatre, Madelyn graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2009 with a BA in Theatre Studies and a minor in Women’s Studies. Madelyn has gained experience teaching, directing, devising work, grant writing, and administration through her work with Long Wharf Theatre, Collective Consciousness Theatre, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, Cooperative Arts and Humanities Magnet High School, and the Shubert Theatre and Arts Summer Camp. She has had the honor of working with students ages 4-99 years old, in fact, in one year she simultaneously taught a granddaughter and grandmother in two different programs. She received an award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness for guiding her students through a stigma-busting original work about how mental illness affects our everyday lives. She has collaborated with amazing artistic and cultural organizations such as Pilobolus Dance Theatre, the Urban Bushwoman, the annual True Colors Conference, My Sister’s Place, and the Connecticut Center for Nonviolence. She is passionately dedicated to creating original pieces of theatre with people of all ages and experience levels who have powerful and influential voices.
madelyn.ardito@longwharf.org

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JACQUELINE S. BROWN
EDUCATION PROGRAMS COORDINATOR
As a lifelong lover of the stage, Jacque is thrilled to be a part of Long Wharf’s Education Department. Jacque graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance and Communications. Her love began in first grade when she was cast as the lead in her school’s production of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Since then, she has performed in countless productions including: Godspell, The Laramie Project, Taming of the Shrew, It’s a Wonderful Life, and For Colored Girls. While at Central, Jacque stepped into the director’s chair when she directed an all-female cast in the play,Yo Soy Latina. She also wrote, directed, and performed her one woman show, Is That Love, at CCSU, Post University, and 42nd Street Studios in NYC. As an actress, playwright, and teaching artist, Jacque is dedicated to her craft. After working with students in many settings outside of the arts, she is excited to finally be in an environment surrounded by her two favorite things, youth and theatre!
jacque.brown@longwharf.org


CECILIA KURACHI UBÉ
TEACHING ARTIST
Cecilia is both an actor and an educator. Native-born Argentinean, she came to the states at the age of 8 and fell in love with theater as a freshman in High School (doing a production of Bye Bye Birdie!). She graduated from Southern Connecticut State University in 2015, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, concentrating in acting and directing. In addition to performing, she has always been passionate about theatre education and working with youth. Since graduating, she has gained experience while working at Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School, Shubert Theatre and Arts Camp, Tabor School for the Arts, Wingspan Arts (NYC) and Oddfellows Playhouse (where she currently works as the Program Manager!) Cecilia strongly believes that the theatre serves as a platform for conversation, self-expression and change.


AKINTUNDE SOGUNRO
TEACHING ARTIST
Akintunde was born in Lagos, Nigeria and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. He spent his childhood growing up Canada. He is a first degree blackbelt Cheezic Tang Soo Do (Korean Style) and 2013 East Coast Invitational Amateur Boxing Champion. Akintunde Sogunro is the director and producer of the award-winning inspirational documentary film Victory (www.victoryfilm.net) as well as the author and creator of the hit children’s series Mama Stitches (www.Mamastitches.com). Sogunro graduated from Western Connecticut State University in 2019 with a Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative and Professional Writing and earned his bachelors degree in Theater from Southern Connecticut State University in 2011. Akintunde serves on the preaching team at his local church and is avid about his faith. Professional Theater Credits include: Regional Elm Shakespeare Company, Connecticut Free Shakespeare Company, Collective Consciousness Theater Company, New Haven Theater Company. NYC The Flea Theater- Woodie King Jr.


RACHEL ZWICK
TEACHING ARTIST
Rachel is thrilled to be returning to Long Wharf Theatre as a member of Team Education! After graduating from Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School in New Haven she spent time working with Collective Consciousness Theatre, the Shubert, and Long Wharf in many capacities. She’s worked in company management for the National Director’s Fellowship at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in Waterford, CT and as an instructor, residential advisor, and Director of Student Life with Center for Creative Youth at Wesleyan University. Rachel holds a certificate in both Musical Theatre Performance and Advanced Directing from the National Theatre Institute. Rachel is currently enrolled at Rose Bruford College in London, England studying for her MFA in Collaborative Theatre-Making. In addition to her work as a teaching artist, in the coming year Rachel will be developing her Independent Research Project which focuses on accessibility in the arts.