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.


Ayla is an artist, educator, and stage manager in Connecticut working to integrate the arts into the school environment across the curriculum, using theatre as a tool for exploring all elements of learning for all ages of students. She came to Connecticut from her home state of Maine in 2009 to work in the Hartford Stage Education department. Throughout her years there she taught over a thousand students ages three through adult through in-school residencies, drama enrichment programs, professional developments, and directing productions. She was pleased to discover the wealth of arts education opportunities in our state and served as the Associate Artistic Director of Hartford Children’s Theatre and worked as a freelance teaching artist for Montessori Magnet School at Annie Fischer and MCC Excursions in Learning. Ayla has also worked as a stage manager in the area including for Hartford Children’s Theatre, ARTFarm, Manchester Musical Players, Sonia Plumb Dance Company, Ekklesia Dance Company, and Bated Breath Theatre Company. Currently Ayla is Tour Manager and Education Director for Bated Breath Theatre Company, a physical theatre devising company that produces new work in museums. Before coming to Connecticut, Ayla toured Italy with Theatrino, a collaborative company of actor educators who perform fairytales and sketches to Italian school children to teach the English language. Education: Masters of Arts in Teaching (certified Elementary Education K-6) Center for Creative Teaching at Bennington College (VT); Bachelors (concentration Theatre and Education) Bennington College (VT); Alumni award Connecting Teaching and the Arts.

Excited to be a part of the Education Department, Treneé is no stranger to Long Wharf Theatre having attended numerous productions as a student of New Haven Public Schools. Her passion for film and the stage began at age 3, booking televisions shows and commercials all over the world. Credits include: Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Blues Clues, Sesame Street, Parkay Butter and Chicken Tonight filmed in Amsterdam, Holland. Her drive for higher education and theatre led her to receiving a BFA in Acting from Marymount Manhattan College and Photography & Food Studies certificate from The Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy. Treneé, an active member in her community, is dedicated to implementing positive change and building foundations for students to flourish, In 2016, she established, Be The F.I.R.S.T, a program promoting Higher Education for First Generation College students. Treneé is excited to be a part of the Long Wharf Education team and hopes to continually inspire students to pursue their passions in Theatre & Film.

Jacqueline Brown is a Public Ally AmeriCorps member currently serving at Long Wharf Theatre as a Resident Teaching Artist. As a lifelong lover of the stage, Jackie is thrilled to be a part of Long Wharf’s Education Department. Jackie graduated from Central Connecticut State University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance and Communications. Her love began in first grade when she was casted 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, Jackie 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 Central, Post University, and 42nd Street Studios in NYC.  As an actress, playwright, and teaching artist, Jackie 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!