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.


Eliza received her B.A. in Theater and Writing from Ithaca College. Since graduating, she has worked extensively as a teaching artist and administrator at Long Wharf, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, the Shubert Theatre and Arts Camp, Children's and Community Programs of CT, Inc., the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, and Florida Studio Theatre. Prior to her time at Long Wharf, Eliza was the Associate Director of the National Theater Institute's Theatermakers program. She has also assisted with productions at Long Wharf, the Goodman, and Second Stage. Eliza believes that all students have the right to a quality theater education and is thrilled to work with Long Wharf's incredible staff to carry out this mission. 

Barbara is in her fourth year as a Resident Teaching Artist with Long Wharf Theatre.  She writes curriculum and has taught in-school residencies for schools in New Haven and throughout Connecticut, including Davis Street Arts and Academics School, Lorraine D. Foster Day School, CT Experiential Learning Center, Ridge Road Elementary School, the Morgan High School, Mauro-Sheridan, Amity High School, Brien McMahon, Metropolitan Business Academy, and New Horizons. Barbara facilitates Long Wharf's Student Theatre Series, Educators' Laboratory, PAIR Program, and the Moments and Minutes Festival. In addition, she teaches adult acting classes and coaches in LWT's Studio School. Barbara is an experienced early childhood educator, having worked in private schools in both NYC and CT. A native of New York, Barbara has worked extensively in theatre as an actor and earned her MFA in Acting as part of the inaugural class at the Actors Studio MFA Program at The New School in NYC. Barbara passionately believes that the study of theatre is the study of empathy and that theatre teaches us what it means to be human.

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 apart of the Long Wharf Education team and hopes to continually inspire students to pursue their passions in Theatre & Film.

Hailing from a rural community in northern Maine, Jared is a sophomore at Yale College, interested in studying theater, performance cultures, and education.  Jared serves as the Community Engagement Co-Officer of the Yale Glee Club; when not touring with the group, he spends his time running a music program at the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven.  Jared has performed with dance groups and a cappella groups on campus, in addition to performing in plays, musicals, and with the Opera Theatre of Yale College.  Distinguished as a Coca-Cola Scholar, Jared has also served as a youth delegate for the NOVUS Summit at the United Nations in New York to discuss the importance of education.  Jared was selected by Dwight Hall at Yale to serve as an Urban Fellow and get involved in the New Haven community.  He is thrilled to join the Long Wharf team!