Ed Wierzbicki is an Emmy Award-winning writer/producer, theatre director, teacher, and arts journalist.
His portfolio includes a diverse collection of digital projects, articles, and productions for television, theatre, and the web, including cultural documentaries, news features, docu-dramas, plays and literary works for the stage, and original programs on educational and societal topics. Over his career, Ed has interviewed and captured the creative process of many ground breaking and legendary international artists and performers, including: Arthur Miller, Horton Foote, Estelle Parsons, Liz Lerman, Margaret Jenkins, Mark Lamos, Richard Thomas, Bessy Reyna, Gene Wilder, Donald Byrd, Anne Cubberly, Tom Keith, Juice Vocal Ensemble, Pilobolus Dance–and numerous others. PORTFOLIO
For Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Ed has created and hosted timely specials including Creative Stages, Kids Speak Out On Terrorism, and Horton Foote: At Home In Hartford. His long time efforts to develop and promote cultural programming have brought the state’s PBS viewers inside the creative process of today’s leading artists, performers, and arts institutions. As the face of the arts on the popular CPTV magazine All Things Connecticut–which recently completed its 6th season–his in-depth Emmy Winning Spotlight on the Arts segments have also been supported by his arts writing on WNPR.org. In 2013, Ed’s arts segments began appearing nationally on various PBS stations, including LAaRT in California, Artworks on Maryland Public Television, and ArtBeat Nation for Arizona Public Media.
The recent 12-Part Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures series, which Ed helmed as producer, writer and host, takes viewers to every corner of the state to visit key history and cultural centers. Ed is also a periodic contributor on Connecticut Public Radio, reporting on the arts for Morning Edition. His articles have also appeared in American Theatre, Connecticut Magazine, and Waterbury Republican-American.
In addition to his work as an arts journalist and television producer, Ed directs for both the stage and television. The Working Actors Collective, a performance company he leads, takes on unique storytelling projects that generate community involvement; most recently with Connecticut’s Department of Children & Families. Ed’s theatre work has also 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.
Ed is a multiple Emmy Award Winner. He is also an educator and theatre director, currently teaching at Central Connecticut State University and Middlesex Community College. He has previously received the President’s Merit Award for Teaching as Associate Professor at Naugatuck Valley Community College, and was nominated for Teacher of the Year as Theatre Faculty with Minnesota’s District 196 Public Schools. Recipient of several arts and cultural grants, he’s traveled to document the work of artists and performers overseas, including visits to Bulgaria, Sweden, and the UK. Ed is a proud graduate of Boston University where he studied theatre, film, and media. Further studies include education and communications at Marquette University, Villanova University, and University of Minnesota.