Ed Wierzbicki is an Emmy Award-winning producer, director, and journalist.
His portfolio includes a diverse collection of creative and documentary projects, including television programs and feature segments on the arts and culture, theatre productions, documentaries, and docu-dramas.
Ed’s long time efforts to promote cultural programming have brought New England’s PBS viewers inside the creative process of today’s leading artists and performers. For Connecticut Public Broadcasting, he’s interviewed and documented the work of the Pilobolus Dance Theatre, Javier Colon, Arthur Miller, Horton Foote, Estelle Parsons, Gene Wilder, Ming Cho Lee, Liz Lerman/Dance Exchange, Walter Wick, Margaret Jenkins Dance, Mark Lamos, Richard Thomas, Bessy Reyna, Anne Cubberly, London’s “Juice” Vocal Ensemble, and many others. He has also been devoted to showcasing the work of young and emerging local creators and artists across Connecticut. DIGITAL PORTFOLIO
Since 2009, Ed’s been the face of the arts on the popular CPTV magazine All Things Connecticut, where he showcases his Emmy winning Spotlight on the Arts segments. In 2013, Ed’s work began appearing nationally on various PBS stations, including LAaRT in California, Artworks on Maryland Public Television, and ArtBeat Nation for Arizona Public Media. His most recent arts special, Creative Stages, earned an Emmy nomination for its in-depth stories about the creative process. Ed has also been a contributing writer and producer on WNPR.org and Connecticut Public Radio.
Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures, a 12-part series which Ed helms as producer, writer and host, takes viewers to every corner of the state to visit key historic and cultural centers. Ed also pens articles on the arts, theatre, and education which have appeared on WNPR News, and in American Theatre, Connecticut Magazine, and the Waterbury Republican-American.
In addition to his work as a journalist and producer, Ed directs stage productions and digital film projects. The Working Actors Collective, a performance company he leads, takes on unique storytelling challenges that generate community involvement; most recently with Connecticut’s Department of Children & Families. For his efforts as producer/director of “Saying Goodbye, One More Time” a film about foster care, Ed was named the 2016 recipient of the Community Partner Award by the Association of Foster and Adoptive Families.
Ed’s theatre work as a director and actor has been seen on stages at the New York International Fringe Festival, Seven Angels Theatre, Hartford Stage, California Young People’s Theatre, Boston Arts Center, San Jose Repertory Company, Illustrated Stage Company and Theatre Center Philadelphia. As former Artistic Director of the New Zenith Theatre, Ed led this Waterbury-based theatre for young audiences directing New England premieres of Cyrano, The Little Red Riding Hood Show, and A Wrinkle In Time.
A long time educator, Ed continues to teach and direct in college settings, including Central Connecticut State University and Middlesex Community College. Previously, he received the President’s Merit Award for Distinguished Teacher as Associate Professor of Theatre/Fine Arts at Naugatuck Valley Community College, and was nominated for Teacher of the Year as Theatre Faculty at Apple Valley High School with Minnesota’s District 196 Public Schools.
Recipient of several arts and cultural grants, Ed has traveled to document the work of artists and performers overseas including visits to Bulgaria, Sweden, and the UK. His television magazine feature on the Masque Theatre at the Pierrot Festival of Puppetry in Bulgaria earned an Emmy nomination. The New Zenith Theatre has also performed and conducted workshops in Stockholm.
Ed is a proud graduate of Boston University, earning degrees in Film (MS) and Theatre (BFA). Further studies include education, communications, and dramatic literature at Marquette University, Villanova University, and University of Minnesota.