Center for the Arts Staff List

  • Rani Arbo (she/her/hers)

    Campus and Community Engagement Manager


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    Rani Arbo came to the Center for the Arts with career/life experience that included two early years working in community engagement in higher education; 25 years in band management and promotion as a nationally touring artist; 20 years as a freelance writer and editor; and 20 years of being an arts-engaged resident of downtown Middletown. At the CFA, her main focus is linking the Center’s programming to student and faculty research and to the curriculum; helping to design and support visiting artist residencies; assisting with internal campus marketing; and being a relationship-builder between Wesleyan and the Middletown community.
  • Benjamin Chaffee (he/him/his)

    Associate Director of Visual Arts


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    Benjamin Chaffee ’00  is the Associate Director of Visual Arts in the Center for the Arts (CFA), Wesleyan University where he curates/organizes exhibitions in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery and the gallery at the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies. Prior to joining the CFA, Chaffee worked as the Director of Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, Illinois from 2012–2018, the Director of Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago, and at Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston. Originally from New Hampshire, he holds a BA in Earth and Environmental Science from Wesleyan University and an MFA in Studio Art: Sound from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is an Adjunct Instructor in Art in the Art Studio Program at Wesleyan and has also worked as a freelance curator, visiting lecturer, and exhibiting artist.
  • Andrew Chatfield (he/him/his)

    Director, Arts Communication


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    Andrew Chatfield MALS ’19  has substantial experience in non-profit arts communications, publications, and marketing, including creating content for expansive online and social media presences, media relations, advertising, messaging, brand management, and overseeing design and public imagery. He has focused on reporting and analysis as well as strategic planning and implementation, and his specialties include copy writing for all collateral, from brochures and websites to print and radio advertising campaigns. Prior to Wesleyan, he worked for the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven, and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and the Greater Hartford Arts Council. He received a B.A. in Music from Syracuse University (’99), and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies with a concentration in the Arts from Wesleyan University (’19). He is a professional musician in four groups: the jazz quartet Stanley Maxwell, jazz/blues group The Castlefield Trio, and both ’80s and ’90s cover bands.
  • Fiona Coffey (she/her/hers)

    Associate Director for Programming and Performing Arts


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    Fiona Coffey holds a Ph.D. in theatre history from Tufts University. Previous to this, she received an M. Phil. in Irish theatre and film from Trinity College, Dublin and a B.A. from Stanford University. Between her masters and doctorate, she spent several years at the William Morris and Harry Walker agencies, working with artists, politicians, and celebrities. This industry and practical experience greatly informs her teaching and scholarship, both of which emphasize the importance of connecting theory with practice. Her research centers around Irish drama with a focus on women dramatists and theatrical responses to the sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland. Her first book, "Political Acts: Women in Northern Irish Theatre, 1921-2012" was published by Syracuse University Press (2016).
  • John Elmore (he/him/his)

    Art Director


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    John Elmore MALS ’97 (Art Director) has been designing for the Center for the Arts since 1996. He became interested in graphic design while working as the arts editor for the Oberlin College student newspaper. He continued studies in graphic design at Wesleyan while also doing graduate work in education. His work at Wesleyan combines interests in both design and education as well as his passion for performing and visual arts. In addition to his work in print, web, and video design for the CFA, Elmore has designed book covers for academic presses and has also taught graphic design classes.

  • Rosemary Lennox (she/her/hers)

    Exhibitions Manager


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    Rosemary Lennox is the Exhibitions Manager at the CFA where she oversees the organization of exhibitions and related programming at the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery and the gallery at the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies. She is also the Managing Advisor for the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance. Before coming to the CFA, Lennox worked as an Arts Registrar and Collections Manager for a Private Foundation in NYC and was a Public Art Consultant for the State of Connecticut and the City of Hartford. She is originally from Canada and holds an M.A. in Art History from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.
  • Joshua Lubin-Levy



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    Joshua Lubin-Levy ’06 is the Director of the Center for the Arts. He holds a BA in Theater and American Studies from Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University. He has many years of experience as a curator, dramaturge, and scholar. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Movement Research Performance Journal, and most recently served as the Senior Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He has held faculty appointments at The New School, Bard College, Princeton University, and New York University, and previously worked as a faculty member and Interim Director for Wesleyan’s Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance, and as the Interim Director of Visual Arts at Abrons Arts Center.
  • Paul Theriault (he/him/his)

    Art Preparator

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    Paul Theriault is the Art Preparator for the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery and the gallery at the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies. Since 2019 he has overseen the installation of all gallery exhibitions and assisted Art Studio Program students with senior thesis installations. Prior to working with Wesleyan University, he worked closely with curators and artists at Artspace New Haven for over a decade. He has also worked with the architecture studio of Kent Bloomer and as an independent contractor in home restoration and renovation. Paul is also a practicing artist working primarily in the field of electronic media. He lives in the Cedar Hill neighborhood of New Haven with his wife Alexis and their dog Gracie.
  • Lynette J. Vandlik

    Accounting Specialist IV


The highlights of the fall 2024 season at the Center for the Arts will be announced in August. 

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