Ed Wierzbicki

Reporter

Ed is an Emmy Award-winning producer and arts writer.

For Connecticut Public Television, he's created unique and timely programs such
as Kids Speak Out On Terrorism, Voices In Conflict, and Horton Foote: At Home In Hartford. His long time efforts to promote and report on cultural programming continue to bring New England viewers inside the creative process of today's leading artists, performers, and arts organizations. Since 2009, his Spotlight On The Arts series has appeared on the TV magazine All Things Connecticut, and he is currently a contributing producer to CPTV’s new Connecticut's Cultural Treasures series. Ed’s regular visits to the state's leading arts and history organizations take viewers behind- the-scenes, including the Goodspeed Opera House, Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Wadsworth Atheneum, Eric Sloane Museum, Westport Country Playhouse, and numerous state cultural centers. His previous producing assignments include news magazines Connecticut Journal and Main Street. He’s earned two regional Emmy Awards and eight nominations for his producing projects in arts & entertainment, history & culture, and education categories.

In addition to television and web stories Ed writes articles on the arts including pieces for American Theatre Magazine and Connecticut Magazine. His numerous media
and writing projects for industry include scripting and producing corporate and educational videos, most recently for the Center for Children's Advocacy. Previously he’s created scripts and communications programs for Dunkin’ Donuts, the Bose Corporation, Massachusetts General Hospital, and other Boston based companies and non-profits.

Ed is also a long time educator. He teaches performance for TV & Film, screenwriting, acting, and various courses in theatre and film in both college and pre-professional arts settings; previously at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts and as Associate Professor of Fine Arts/Theatre at Naugatuck Valley College. He currently contributes at Middlesex Community College.

Ed is a graduate of Boston University. College of Communications (MS) and Theatre School (BFA)

Spotlight on the Arts
9:47 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Watch: Inside the Creative Process With Pilobolus

"On The Nature of Things" by Pilobolus Dance Theater.
Robert Whitman

Regarded as one of the most imaginative and athletic dance companies on the planet, Pilobolus thrives on taking audiences where the rest of the dance world dares not.

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Spotlight on the Arts
10:59 am
Tue November 11, 2014

How One Connecticut School Went From Funeral Parlor to Top Arts School in the Nation

Choreographer's Showcase 2013, Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts.
GHAA

Nearly 20 years ago, I made my first visit to the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts at its original site, just past Colt Park in Hartford, heading south on Wethersfield Avenue.

I pulled into a parking lot protected by a tall, chain-linked fence. It acted like a divider between a worn-out apartment building in the deteriorating neighborhood, and the old funeral parlor that had been resurrected as Hartford’s arts magnet high school.

The school has come a long way since then. Last month, it was honored as the nation’s top arts school by the Arts Schools Network.

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Spotlight on the Arts
1:36 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Mending a Country, and Taking a Stand, Through Art

Red Wall I.
Credit Christopher Gardner Photography

Packed inside a small travel bag and tucked away on a shelf in her cozy New Haven studio, artist Corina Alvarezdelugo keeps her precious scraps of fabric protected. Beyond valuable, these throwaways come in various textures, colors, and playful patterns, gathered long ago in her homeland of Venezuela. 

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Spotlight on the Arts
1:52 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Artists Thrive at Therapeutic Hartford Studio

"La Ciudad Gotica."
Juan Colon Art Connection Studio

As his collection of paintings was spread across two tables, I asked artist Juan Colon about the large watercolor that’s become the postcard image for "Cityscapes: Uncommon and Familiar Beauty," an exhibition opening this Friday at the Art Connection Studio in Hartford.

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Spotlight on the Arts
9:10 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Yale Educator-Artist Keeps Inspiring Future Generations of Theater Designers

Ming Cho Lee.
Mark Ostow

At age 83, Ming Cho Lee knows the difference between a world that works and one that doesn’t, certainly when it comes to the stage. For the past six decades, the National Medal of Arts recipient and Tony Award winner has conjured up some of the most memorable scenic worlds of the American theater.

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Spotlight on the Arts
9:59 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Remembering Tireless Educator and Choreographer Elena Del Vecchio Rusnak

Elena Del Vecchio Rusnak.

Elena Del Vecchio Rusnak could take The Lovely Bones and re-imagine it as a haunting, dream-like work of modern dance.

For her biographic short on Isadora Duncan, Rusnak skillfully mixed dialogue with choreography, shaping them into a soliloquy of sound and movement that brought to life the exotic 19th-century dance icon. 

Rusnak passed away earlier this week at age 68. 

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Spotlight on the Arts
8:16 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Inspired by Ancient Sculpture and Creation Myths, Pilobolus's "On The Nature of Things"

Mike Tyus, Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern, Eriko Jimbo in "On The Nature of Things."
Grant Halverson

Emerging from the shadows carrying a lifeless naked body, a primal-like figure takes a deliberate path in slow procession to center stage. When he finally arrives at the pool of white light, he lays down the load onto a jet-black pedestal, an altar of some kind; and this, his offering to someone, somewhere.

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Spotlight on the Arts
9:11 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Curtain Call for Japanalia Eiko and Dan Blow

Dan Blow
Credit Mike Dunphy

When jazz vocalist Dianne Mower makes her way through a jam-packed house onto the tiny Japanalia stage on Saturday night in Hartford’s West End, odds are it will be an emotional and unifying moment for everyone within earshot.

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Spotlight on the Arts
4:20 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

One Marriage, Two Journeys, In Long Wharf's "The Last Five Years"

Adam Halpin as Jamie and Katie Rose Clarke as Cathy in The Last Five Years at Long Wharf Theatre.
T. Charles Erickson

There’s both irony and brilliance behind the story-telling style of "The Last Five Years," Jason Robert Brown’s two-character musical currently running at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven.

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Spotlight on the Arts
4:18 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Goodspeed's Fan Friendly "Damn Yankees"

Lora Lee Gayer and cast perform "Shoeless Joe from Hannibal, MO" from "Damn Yankees."
Diane Sobolewski

You could make the case that America’s obsession with sports really took hold thanks to baseball in the 1950s. When Broadway producer/director/writer George Abbott turned to "Damn Yankees" as his next musical in 1955, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect.

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Spotlight on the Arts
2:35 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Celebrating the New, the Foreign, and the Experimental at Wesleyan

The Assembly: "HOME/SICK."
Sandy Aldieri Perceptions Photography

Looking back isn’t something Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts is much interested in doing. 

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Spotlight on the Arts
2:23 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Poems Celebrate Hartford's Collective Identity

Poet John Stanizzi, at center, with Hartford Loves Poetry participants at Hartford Public Library Albany Branch.
Ed Wierzbicki CPBN

It was evident from Saturday’s grand finale of "Hartford Loves Poetry: A Community Celebration" that the city loves the sound and soul of its many voices. It was also proof that people are thirsty for authentic human stories told aloud by their neighbors that creatively reflect ancestry and history.

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Spotlight on the Arts
4:21 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Cheers to Picasso and Other Art World Legends

Studio at the rue des Grands-Augustins, 1990-96 by Red Grooms

Red Grooms dreams big, and draws large. Using paint, colored pencils, charcoal, and crayon, his super-sized canvases about life within the art world won’t just warm your heart; they will enlarge it three-fold.

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Spotlight on the Arts
1:04 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Unexpected Musical Delights On Display in Ridgefield

Fans of Merle Haggard, photographed by James Mollison at the Von Braun Center Concert Hall in Huntsville, Alabama.
Credit James Mollison / The Aldrich

Music can involve us beyond the act of mere listening. At the current exhibition at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, you will need all five senses. Be prepared to get physical. With an eye and ear toward expanding our understanding of music and art, The Aldrich has brought together the work of five gifted contemporary artists in a series called Music, through March 9.

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Spotlight on the Arts
11:35 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Imaginative Worlds by Ming Cho Lee

A scale model for Boris Godunov (Coronation) 1974 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.
Credit Yale University School of Architecture

Resembling a village of delicate toy theaters, "Stage Designs by Ming Cho Lee" fills the large ground floor gallery at the Yale School of Architecture in New Haven. 

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Spotlight on the Arts
6:49 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Perils of the Sea: Giant Pastels Capture the Adventure of Moby Dick

"Queequeg's Long Last Dive," a pastel drawing by Mark Milloff.
Credit Mark Milloff

When he’s not playing professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, artist Mark Milloff sculpts, paints, and envisions gigantic pastel drawings. He also moonlights as a musician. But all things being equal, he’d rather be fishing.

Spotlight on the Arts
5:37 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Sara Mearns Dances "The Nutcracker"

Sara Mearns in George Balanchine's "Cortege Hongrois."
Credit Paul Kolnik

Like so many holiday traditions, "The Nutcracker" is upon us once again. With numerous Connecticut productions of the classic fairy tale ballet, the 12th annual production by the Eastern Connecticut Ballet is a stand-out for a number of worthy reasons.

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Spotlight on the Arts
3:58 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

A Collage Style Performance on the Meaning of Love

Larry Hunt.
Credit Ann Lee

When Charlie Chaplin and other silent film stars faced the challenge of carrying over their talents into "talkies," these proved to be much-anticipated events. On Friday in Bethlehem, international mask artist Larry Hunt, a local, will actually let his voice do the real talking on stage. Hunt has built a career on non-verbal storytelling, and has performed at venues around the world for over 25 years.

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Spotlight on the Arts
11:27 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Direct From London: Mesmerizing A Cappella

Juice Vocal Ensemble: Kerrie Andrew, Anna Snow, Sarah Dacey
Credit Dannie Price

There’s a hypnotic vocal harmony that is both soothing and mysterious in "Didn’t Leave Nobody But the Baby," sung a cappella by the Juice Vocal Ensemble on their album Songspin. It’s as if I’m standing over a child’s crib and hear warm breathing and shushing and sighing. It’s sense-o-round that wraps around me. Then, suddenly, I wonder: who are these voices? Where’s the baby? Everything, okay?! The music has moved me. And Juice has done its job.

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Spotlight on the Arts
8:25 am
Sat November 2, 2013

Javier Colon, a Voice with Soul and Humility

Javier Colon performs at Achieve Hartford!
Credit Andy Hart

Winner of NBC’s "The Voice," Javier Colon, is a rare combination of talent, star-power, and humility. His extraordinary tenor voice and “acoustic soul” style bring spiritual integrity and musical sophistication to his pop song chart. 

The growing collection of original work Colon has developed over the last several years often showcases personal stories about relationships and his family life. 

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Spotlight on the Arts
10:28 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Underneath It All With "The Underpants"

Didi Conn and Jenny Leona in The Underpants
T. Charles Erickson

We’ve become full-time fame seekers. Admit it: no matter what age, walk of life, or social standing, just being friended or liked by no one in particular makes our day. We create online personas, instantly publish, and look to find inspiration from the reality television that surrounds us. There, we can root for real cops, middle-class castaways, and cut-throat cooks. 

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Spotlight on the Arts
2:23 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

"Big Love" Takes Big Leaps With Bold Choices

A scene from "Big Love" at Connecticut Repertory Theatre.
Gerry Goodstein

The past and present intersect in the plays of Charles Mee. Known for taking those hefty Greek tragedies and re-imagining them for today’s audiences, his works like "Big Love" ask us—no, challenge us--to give some serious personal thought to our social responsibility as citizens.

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