“Wierzbicki is a deft storyteller who can beguile an audience and leave them begging for more.” — Waterbury Republican-American
Ed is an Emmy Award-winning producer, television writer, and director of theatre and digital films. His portfolio includes documentary arts programs; theatre productions; digital film projects for industry and education; and a variety of web videos, articles, and radio segments/reviews on the arts and culture. He also has extensive experience in theatre and film classrooms, working with college and conservatory students.
As a long time contributor to Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Ed’s cultural programs have brought New England’s PBS viewers inside the creative process of today’s leading artists and performers. The face of the arts on the popular CPTV magazine All Things Connecticut for six seasons, Ed’s Spotlight on the Arts series earned him an Emmy Award, and his arts and cultural features have also appeared nationally on various PBS stations. A contributing arts writer and reporter for WNPR News and Connecticut Public Radio, Ed’s articles on theatre have also appeared in American Theatre, Connecticut Magazine, Waterbury Republican-American, and other regional publications.
For CPTV he’s documented the work of the Pilobolus Dance Theatre, Gene Wilder, Arthur Miller, Horton Foote, Estelle Parsons, Javier Colon, Ming Cho Lee, Liz Lerman, Walter Wick, Mark Lamos, Richard Thomas and many others. He has also been devoted to showcasing the work of emerging local performers and artists throughout New England.
Ed also writes, produces, and directs original film projects for industry, education, and professional training. He’s worked with social service agencies, healthcare organizations, and educational communities, including the Connecticut Department of Children & Families, Diocese of Springfield, Connecticut Community Colleges, Minnesota School District 196, Drexel University Athletics, and others.
FOR THE THEATRE, Ed is both a director and actor, and his work has been seen on stages at the New York International Fringe Festival, Seven Angels Theatre, Hartford Stage, California Young People’s Theatre, San Jose Repertory Company, Illustrated Stage Company and Theatre Center Philadelphia.
As former Artistic Director of the New Zenith Theatre, Ed led this Connecticut theatre for young audiences for ten years, directing New England premieres of Cyrano, The Little Red Riding Hood Show, and A Wrinkle In Time. He also produced three seasons of Turn Up The Volume!, a series of staged readings and community discussions for the Seven Angels Theatre.
A recognized educator with numerous teaching awards, Ed continues to work in both college and conservatory settings, including the Theatre Department at Central Connecticut State University, Hanover Theatre Conservatory, and the Center for New Media at Middlesex Community College. Ed is an active Board member of Hartford Performs (HP). In partnership with the Hartford Public Schools, HP brings integrated arts experiences to all students in the city’s K-8 schools.
Recipient of several arts and cultural grants, Ed has traveled as a journalist to document the work of artists and performers overseas, including visits to Bulgaria, Sweden, and at the London Olympics. His television feature on the Masque Theatre at the Pierrot Festival in Bulgaria earned him an Emmy nomination.
Ed is a graduate of Boston University’s School of Theatre Arts and College of Communications, earning MS/MFA and BFA degrees. Further studies include theatre and education at Marquette University, Villanova University, and University of Minnesota.
Ed lives in Hartford, Connecticut. You can contact him at: email@example.com