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

Joni Johns Lerner, Adjunct Instructor of Theatre Arts

[Costume Technology]

Joni Johns Lerner has been working in the NY professional costume industry for over twenty-five years. Examples of her work can be seen on the stages of the Broadway, the touring & Japan companies of The Lion King, the Broadway & National Tour of Thoroughly Modern Millie and Wicked.  Other projects have included New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, San Francisco Ballet & Kansas City Ballet.  Her work can also be seen on the Spiderman costumes at Universal Studios Theme Park in Florida. Joni was co-owner of Fabric Effects in NYC, a fabric dyeing, painting & silk screening company serving the theater, film and fashion industries.  She has collaborated with numerous designers of stage, screen & ballet as well as Bette Midler for special costumes for her stage tours and Maurice Sendak on several opera projects as well as a numbered & signed series of hand painted silk scarves. 

Joni obtained her BFA from Denison University and MFA in Theater Design/Technology from Purdue University.






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