​​​​​​Rachael Longo ​​

79 Harold Parker Rd
Andover, MA 01810 



Photo credit - Matthew Lomanno Photography



Owner/Director, Shawsheen Arts Studio, Andover, MA - April 2021-present

Our 500 square foot, newly renovated studio is conveniently located in the Shawsheen Village area of historic Andover, MA.  We offer theater arts education with our founder, Rachael Longo (Acting w/Rae) and provide rental space to artists looking for a home to teach classes and workshops in a variety of disciplines as well as organizations in need of rehearsal space or meetings. 

Adjunct Professor of Acting & Theatre, Merrimack College, N. Andover, MA – 2014-PRESENT

Professor in the the Visual and Performing Arts Department.  Instructing college students in acting and theater courses.  Studies focus on acting technique, vocabulary, script reading and analysis, theater history, Drama in Education practices, character study and performance critique.

Studio Manager, Esh Circus Arts, Somerville, MA – 2014-2020
Member of the management team.  Responsible for processing registrations, managing the class and event calendar, processing payments, coordinating instructor schedules, scheduling lessons and large events, creative program development and partnerships and answering all email inquiries to the school.

Visiting Scholar in Theatre, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA – 2013-2014
Faculty member in the Theater and Dance department for a one year contract.  Instructing high school students in playwrighting, acting and devised theater techniques.  Created an original play in ad advanced level course.  Provided professional development to the department and served as a guest instructor in other courses.

Director of Education, The Playgroup Theatre, White Plains, NY – 2008-2012
Responsible for all aspects of the theater’s educational programming including curriculum writing, scheduling, parent communications, registration processing and artistic feedback to the staff.  Hired and trained teaching artists for various positions.  Directed full-scale productions and taught classes in acting, musical theatre, movement and playwriting to children 4-18 years old.  Additionally served as the Operations Manager, handling all administrative duties within the theater office, including box office ticketing.

Teaching Artist, The New Victory Theatre/The New 42nd Street  – 2005-2006

Lead drama workshops based on the themes of the productions at the New Victory Theater in New York City public schools.  Co-teaching with other professionals in classrooms of thirty to forty (30-40) students from kindergarten to twelfth grade.

Skidmore College; Saratoga Springs, NY – BS in Theater 2000
New York University; New York, NY – MA in Educational Theatre 2005

-Proficient in Microsoft Office, World Wide Web, Social Media
-Extensive education and teaching experience with Educational Theatre practices and administration
-Excellent written and oral communication skills
-Management experience including staff hiring, publicity, communications, event planning, development, and corporate and non-profit administration
-Theater director for both adult and children’s productions

-Experienced stage actor - dramatic & musical theatre
-Experience with devised theater projects, playwriting, stage management and box office operations.
-Current Company Member, theatre KAPOW, Manchester, NH
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Selected Stage Credits

-Rooms - Director, theatre KAPOW

-Gidion's Knot - "Heather", theatre KAPOW

-Natural Shocks - "Angela", theatre KAPOW

-The Penelopiad - “Eurycleia”, “Maid”, theatre KAPOW
-Silent Sky - Director, theatre KAPOW
-Singin’ in the Rain - Director, Pinkerton Academy, PA Players
-A Story That Cuts Like a Knife - Co-creator, ensemble member, theatre KAPOW
-Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play - “Colleen”, “Itchy”, theatre KAPOW
-Sister Act - Director, Kids Coop Theatre
-The Burial at Thebes (on-going) - “Ismene”, “Greek Chorus”, theatre KAPOW
-Raining Aluminum - Co-Creator/Ensemble member, theatre KAPOW
-South Pacific - Director, Kids Coop Theatre
-Russian Roulette/Parisian Poker - Ensemble Member, theatre KAPOW
-The Crucible - “Elizabeth Proctor”, Acting Out Theatre Co.
-West Side Story - Director, Kids Coop Theatre
-Desdemona - “Bianca”, theatre KAPOW
-The Death of a Caterpillar - Playwright/Director, Phillips Academy Theater Dept.
-Perchance, An Exploration of Dreams - Ensemble member, theatre KAPOW
-Patient 8, Writer/Director/­­”Sylvia” - The Play Group Theatre
-The Wizard of Oz - Co-Director/Choreographer, The Play Group Theatre
-Avenue PGT, the musical - “Rachael”, The Play Group Theatre
-A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Composer, The Playgroup Theatre
-The Tempest - Assistant Director/Composer, The Play Group Theatre
-Homeroom - Director, The Playgroup Theatre
-The Laramie Project - Director, Lighthouse Youth Theatre
-Romeo and Juliet - Acting Coach/Wardrobe Crew, Provincetown Playhouse, NYC
-Moving Right Along (Reading) - Playwright/Actor, Provincetown Playhouse, NYC
-Sweet and Sour Musical Review - Ensemble Member, New York University
-What’s Cookin’ Variety Show - Producer/Actor, The Village Lantern, NYC    
-A Night of Paula Vogel (scenes) - Producer/Director/Actor, The Producers Club, NYC

Dr. Kathleen Sills, Associate Professor
Visual and Performing Arts Department
Merrimack College
North Andover, MA 01845

Matthew Cahoon
Director of Cultural Programming,
Spaulding Arts and Humanities Center     
44 North Main Street, Derry, NH  03038

Ellen Waylonis
CEO and Co-Owner 
Esh Circus Arts
44 Park Street, Somerville, MA 02143

Erin Strong, Theater & Dance Department, Faculty
Phillips Academy
180 Main Street
Andover, MA 01810

Jill Abusch, Artistic Director
The Play Group Theatre

1 North Broadway, Suite 11White Plains, NY 10601

I am a professional theater artist and educator with over 20 years of theater production, performance, teaching and arts administration experience.  Additionally I have worked in many administrative and managerial settings.  I am looking for opportunities to further my career using my strengths in and artistic and educational theater positions.

Rachael Chapin Longo