Theatre Artist & Educator
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Worth A Thousand Words
Rachael Chapin Longo received her BS in Theater from Skidmore College and her MA in Educational Theatre from NYU. She is an actor, director, playwright and theatre arts educator. Rachael has dedicated herself to educational theatre and arts administration and has worked as a professional teaching artist and education director; creating curriculum and teaching classes in acting, directing, playwriting and movement. Her directing credits include The Wizard of Oz, The Laramie Project, The Death of a Caterpillar, West Side Story, The Tempest, South Pacific, Sister Act, Singin' in the Rain and Silent Sky. Acting credits include The Importance of Being Earnest, The Crucible, Desdemona, Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play, The Penelopiad and The Burial at Thebes. She was a finalist for a NHTA "Best Director Award in 2019 for her direction of Silent Sky. Rachael has taught with many NY based theater theaters including The New Victory Theatre, Pelham Arts Center and Lighthouse Youth Arts Center. She served as the Director of Education and Operations Manager for The Play Group Theatre in White Plains, NY for several years. Rachael is the owner and director of Shawsheen Arts Studio in Andover, MA and is currently an adjunct professor of acting and theater arts in the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Merrimack College. She is also a company member and actor with theatre KAPOW, an award winning contemporary theater company.
"Theatre and education make a great team. Theatre educates and education is brought to life by theatre. Whether it is brought into a class or realized in a fully staged production, theatre breeds love and community. My experiences in the arts as a child and throughout adulthood have given me the tools to be a better person and member of my community. To speak up and be heard. To listen to others. To not be afraid to look another in the eyes. To walk tall and with purpose. To respect and celebrate what makes us all different and also very much the same. That when you work hard and support each other, anything is possible. To believe in magic."