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

Tim Howard
Assistant Professor [Coordinator of Musical Theatre]

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

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/Playmaking with Children/Devised Theatre Workshop/Theatre History]


Adjuncts and Guest Artists

Bartoli, Michael Acting, Audition Techniques
Burgess, Eva Devised Theatre, Introduction to Theatre
Cally, Scott Lighting Design
Chii, Maiko Set and Costume Designer
Cuk, John Musical Direction
Cuffari, Thomas Musical Direction
Depoto, Anthony Acting, Playmaking with Children
Ercole, Richard  Performance Techniques
Gagnon, Don Theatre History
Johns-Lerner, Joni Costume Technology
Kilik, Howard Music Director
Knott, Jenny Scenic Design
Lifton, Deborah Applied Voice
Mazzacane, Roy Applied Voice
Parkinson, Elizabeth Musical Theatre - Dance
Phelps, Brenda   Costume Construction
Ricciardi, Paul     Performance Techniques
Robinson, Janelle Applied Voice
Seixas, Paulo Scenic Artist & Designer
Swetz, Tom Technical Direction
Thelen, Irene Costume Design


University Assistant

Focarile, Mark Piano Accompanist
Polak, Adelka 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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