Theatre Arts

Areas of Study

Program Features

  • Professional Resident Faculty
  • Edinburgh Fringe Festival Participation
  • Yearly New York City Showcase, "WCSU Off-Broadway"
  • Children's Theatre and Community Outreach Programs
  • Workshops with N.Y. Stage, TV and Film Professionals
  • Internships possible with New York City and Connecticut Regional and Professional theatres.

New Visual and Performing Arts Center

This stunning new facility is home to a 350-seat theater, a 125-seat studio theatre, a 350-seat concert hall, an art gallery, a recording studio and state-of-the-art rehearsal, classroom and studio art facilities.

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Theatre Arts Faculty

Full-Time Faculty

Frank Herbert
Professor [Technical Theatre/Lighting/Playmaking with Children/Play Production]

Tim Howard
Assistant Professor, Coordinator of Musical Theatre [Acting II/Transition Workshop/MT Workshop]

Joni Johns-Lerner
Assistant Professor, Costume Shop Manager [Costume Technology I/II]

Pam McDaniel
Professor, Chair [Acting/Directing]

Elizabeth Popiel
Professor [Set Design/Costume Design/ Scenic Art/ Intro to Theatre/ Computer Graphics, Puppetry, Theatre Design Fundamentals]

Sal Trapani
Professor [Acting/Directing/Devised Theatre Workshop/Theatre History]


Adjuncts and Guest Artists

Bartoli, Michael Acting I, Acting III, Performing Shakespeare
Bouclier, Nicole Stage Management
Burgess, Eva Introduction to Theatre, Playmaking with Children
Cally, Scott Lighting Design
Chii, Maiko Set and Costume Designer
Depoto, Anthony Playmaking with Children, Children’s Theatre Practicum
Ercole, Richard Acting I
Gagnon, Don Theatre History
Hickok, John Performance Techniques, Director of “Dancing at Lughnasa”
Kilik, Howard Music Director
Lamb, MaryAnn Dance Combination, Dance for Musical Theatre
Lifton, Deborah Applied Voice
Mazzacane, Roy Applied Voice
Parkinson, Elizabeth Musical Theatre - Dance
Phelps, Brenda Costume Construction
Phelps, Anthony Theatrical Lighting Design
Ricciardi, Paul Performance Techniques
Robinson, Janelle Applied Voice
Seixas, Paulo Scenic Artist & Designer
Shinn, Philip Voice & Diction
Sobel, Sharon Makeup Design
Swetz, Tom Technical Direction
Wise, Scott Tap for Musical Theatre


University Assistant

Corbin, Jessica Piano Accompanist
Focarile, Mark Piano Accompanist
Kilik, Howard Piano Accompanist
Phelps, Brenda Costume Shop University Assistant
Polak, Adelka Theatre Arts Department University Assistant

Professor Emeritus

Rich Reimold
Founding chair of the Department of Theatre Arts.

William Walton
24 years as professor, 16 years as associate chair, 4 years as Chair. He implemented the NY theatre showcase and the Edinburgh Festival trips. Produced and directed over 30 shows.


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