Wéma Ragophala

Director of Education

As the Director of Education, Wéma is responsible for the management, evaluation and quality of all Marquis Studios teaching procedures and educational materials. She works with the Teaching Artists to develop collaborative and safe classrooms, enriching curricula, and addresses all TA curriculum concerns, including content, questions around age appropriate and engaging projects for youth and alignment with state standards, in addition to managing the TA Advisory Board.


Wéma Ragophala is a leader in access, equity, diversity, and inclusion in the arts. She is an arts administrator, performing artist, director, and educator working at the intersection of arts and community for almost 20 years, creating interactive arts experiences for people of all abilities. She provides professional development training for teaching artists in the schools and other cultural institutions nationally and internationally. Wéma has been recognized for her work in arts education and community partnerships supporting children and families with physical disabilities and neuro-diverse individuals. She is on the steering committee for the Arts for All Abilities Consortium. She is also an adjunct professor at The New School teaching a course she designed, The Power of the Artist in Culturally Responsive Pedagogy. Wéma wrote, performed, and toured her theatrical solo performance work, Roots, Rhythm and Revolution and founded Bridges: A Pan-Afrikan Arts Movement which provides opportunities for arts exchange, global partnerships, and advocacy. Wéma lives in Brooklyn and enjoys dancing, reading, creating collaborative arts experiences with her husband, son,  daughter, and traveling to South Africa.