Ed Wierzbicki is an Emmy Award winning writer-producer, arts journalist, educator, and theatre director.
For Connecticut Public Television, he’s created and hosted unique specials and timely programs including Creative Stages, Kids Speak Out On Terrorism, Horton Foote: At Home In Hartford, and Voices In Conflict. His long time efforts to develop and promote arts and cultural programming continue to bring PBS viewers inside the creative process of today’s leading artists, performers, and arts institutions; including his in-depth Spotlight on the Arts segments which appear on the CPTV magazine All Things Connecticut and on WNPR.org; and the popular Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures series which Ed helmed as producer, writer and host between 2012-2014. In 2013, his segments began appearing nationally on various PBS stations, including LAaRT in California and ArtBeat Nation for Arizona Public Television.
Recent segments and articles with Ed’s insider’s view of creativity in the making include the artistry of Javier Colon– Winner of NBC’s The Voice, the Pilobolus Dance Theatre, Walter Wick–Illustrator & Author, Red Grooms–Artist, Ming Cho Lee–Scenic Designer, Corina Alvarezdelugo–Mixed Media Artist, and Connecticut arts organizations including…Goodspeed Musicals, The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Hartford Stage, Wadsworth Atheneum, Yale University Art Gallery, the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, and many other cultural and history centers. Ed’s arts blog, Spotlight on the Arts can be found on-line for WNPR News, and he’s a regular contributing arts reporter on Connecticut Public Radio’s Morning Edition. His articles have also appeared in American Theatre Magazine and Connecticut Magazine.
In addition to his work as an arts journalist and producer, Ed directs for both the stage and television. The Working Actors Collective, the performance company he leads, continues to take on unique and timely projects. Ed and the company recently completed “Saying Goodbye, One More Time” an original docu-drama for television about the foster care system. Ed’s past theatre work 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. Ed is the former Artistic Director of the New Zenith Theatre, a Waterbury-based company for young audiences which he founded during a ten year stint as Associate Professor of Fine Arts/Theatre at Naugatuck Valley Community College.
Ed continues to work as an educator. He’s a long time acting and performance teacher for the stage and camera. He also teaches writing, film, and numerous subject areas of the theatre in both college and pre-professional secondary arts settings. Ed is currently an Adjunct Instructor of Performance/Acting at Middlesex Community College. Ed trained in theatre, film, and television at Boston University (MS, BFA) and Marquette University in Milwaukee.
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