Ed Wierzbicki is an Emmy Award-winning television producer, theatre director, teacher, and arts journalist.
For Connecticut Public Broadcasting, 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
Winner of 2 Emmy Awards and 18 Emmy nominations, Ed’s long time efforts to develop and promote cultural programming have brought New England’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, his in-depth Spotlight on the Arts segments have also been supported by his arts writing and producing 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. In 2016, Ed was named the recipient of the Community Partner Award by the Association of Foster and Adoptive Families.
Ed’s theatre work as a director and actor 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 which he founded and led between 1999-2009. New Zenith was funded in part by the Waterbury Community Foundation, and produced three New England premieres under Ed’s leadership including CYRANO, THE LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD SHOW, and A WRINKLE IN TIME.
Ed is also a long time educator, currently teaching and directing at Central Connecticut State University and Middlesex Community College. He has previously 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 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. He has also brought his New Zenith Theatre to perform overseas.
Ed is a proud graduate of Boston University’s School of Theatre Arts and College of Communication, where he studied theatre, film, and media (MS, BFA). Further studies include education, communications, and teacher certification at Marquette University, Villanova University, and University of Minnesota.