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.
SPOTLIGHT ON ...

New Visual and Performing Arts Center

The new facility, expected to be complete in 2014 will house a 350-seat theater, a 150-seat black box theater, 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

Elizabeth Popiel
Professor
popiele@wcsu.edu

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

Elizabeth Popiel is in her 14th year as a tenured professor at WCSU in the theatre design area. Her professional credits include weekly designs for Good Morning America Weekend Edition since its start in 2004 (for which she has received 3 Emmy Awards to date), [Film] Assistant Art Director : Meet Joe Black, Bait, The Devils’ Own, original designer for The View and set designer of countless television projects for ABC, including Wide World of Sports, Monday Night Football, College Football Scoreboard, 20/20 and specials featuring Diana Sawyer. Selected professional Theatre design credits include: [New York] Theatre for the New City, The Lambs Theatre, TBG Theatre (wcsu), Theatre for the Open Eye, Soho Rep, [Regional] Westport Country Playhouse, MGM Grand (Vegas), Trinity Rep (RI),Green Mountain Theatre Guild, Durham Summer Rep, Gilded Balloon/Edinburgh FRINGE Festival, Connecticut Free Shakespeare etc. She is very proud of all the young WCSU designers she continues to mentor in entertainment design fields, many of whom have gone on to receive M.F.A degrees and pursue professional careers in the industry. Liz is a proud member of professional union: United Scenic Artists local 829 IATSE. Professor Popiel holds an MFA in Scenic Design from SUNY at Purchase College and a BA from Rhode Island College (Studio Art/Theatre). Studied at: University of Memphis, Rhode Island School of Design, Arts Students League of NY.

Portfolio: www.popieldesigns

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