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Erik Chocianowski

Academics/Interior-Design/interior-design-degree-program/Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh

Erik Chocianowski

My goal is to help my students build self confidence and a sense of agency Erik Chocianowski 2007 , The Art Institute of Pittsburgh

Erik Chocianowski, a 2007 Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design graduate of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, is not new to Nassau Boards of Cooperative Educational Services Long Island High School for the Arts (LIHSA). Having served as a visiting lecturer at the school for the past three years, he now takes a full-time position on the faculty, bringing his educational and professional expertise to the students in the theater department.

As a visiting lecturer, Mr. Chocianowski taught scenic design, an important element of technical theater. His students learned the basics of design, drawing, 3D modeling techniques and stage terminology. As a culmination to their studies, students helped to build full sized set pieces for the various productions at LIHSA. In his new position, Mr. Chocianowski will teach a variety of topics, from special effects makeup, to puppetry, to lighting mechanics and design.

“It’s amazing to be able to work with so many talented people and collaborate with professionals from diverse artistic backgrounds,” Mr. Chocianowski said of his experience at LIHSA. “The students here are so talented and bring so much passion to everything they do. Everyone is driven. They bring a lot of unique skills to the classroom.”

Mr. Chocianowski brings an impressive professional background to his role as educator. He is the Owner-Operator of his original company Hatandstachery, which creates set designs and makes scenery for staged productions. He has served as a scenic carpenter for world-renowned Spaeth Design, creating holiday window displays for major retail outlets.

Preceding his educational experience as visiting lecturer at LIHSA, Mr. Chocianowski served as faculty adviser of Roslyn High School’s Technical Theater program. In this capacity he guided students in the creation of sets for the school's various theater productions, including

Little Shop of Horrors , Jesus Christ Superstar, The CrucibleandXanadu.

“My goal is to help my students build self confidence and a sense of agency,” Mr. Chocianowski said of his current role as teacher. “I want to help them develop the skills they need to tackle any project that they come across, and to showcase their talents to professional companies within their chosen career fields.”

Mr. Chocianowski holds a master’s degree from SUNY Empire State College, a bachelor’s degree from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and certification in art education from Queens College. He is an active member of the National Art Education Association and the Educational Theatre Association.