Theatre Arts Faculty
Adelka Polak is a dancer, puppeteer, mask-performer and movement director whose work has traveled to Taiwan, Denmark, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, and Turkey. She worked with Squonk Opera who went "from junkyards to Broadway" and performed at Lincoln Center Outdoors and LaMama, E.T.C. with the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theater of NYC. Ms. Polak was featured on CPTV's "Spotlight on the Arts" with Masque Theatre in a segment nominated for a cultural Emmy in 2010 and produced by Ed Wierzbiecki. The Ridgefield Guild of Artists has selected Ms. Polak as artist-in-residence with sculptor Justin Perlman, who together integrated visual art and dance into the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra 2012 Spring Concert working with James Robey Dance and the Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance, where she is now currently on faculty teaching Contemporary Dance & Improvisation. Her work mixes media such as video, fabric, objects, and natural materials with organic movement. She works at Western Connecticut State University's Theater Department and has a B.A. in Theater and Cultural Studies with honors from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA.