Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble was founded in 1978 to establish a resident professional ensemble for the production of quality entertainment and educational programs for the region, and to promote the arts. With visionary start-up support from the Town of Bloomsburg and area patrons, the Ensemble presented two plays in the Central Columbia Middle School “cafetorium” which became their home for the next three summers. In 1980, BTE purchased the Columbia movie theatre in downtown Bloomsburg and reopened it in 1983 as the Alvina Krause Theatre, named in honor of the legendary acting teacher who was the Ensemble’s founding inspiration.
Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble is unique in the United States and rare in the world; a resident ensemble that has over 30 years of experience together, BTE is comprised of both founding and new members to make up one of the most celebrated groups of artists in theatre. American Theatre Magazine calls BTE “a perfect illustration of commitment to place.”
With over 150 years of combined professional experience, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble remains committed to bringing professional theatre to our region.
Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble makes Theatre: a patient and powerful agent for community cultural engagement, regional economic vitality, and progress towards inclusion, dignity, and creativity.
Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble is a resident ensemble of theatre artists who make our work in rural Central Pennsylvania. We support our eclectic and evolving individual aesthetics. We are dedicated to: collective artistic empowerment, dynamic collaborations, and a symbiotic engagement with a wide range of audiences, using entertainment and education to challenge, inspire, and excite.
BTE is located at the
Alvina Krause Theatre
226 Center Street
Downtown Bloomsburg, PA 17815
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Meet Our Ensemble
Meet Our Staff
Amy Rene Byrne, Education Director
Patrick Derrickson, Development Director
Deb Gallagher, Office Manager
Laura Haden, Communications Director
Paula Henry, School Programs Director
Rachel Kindt, Box Office Staff
A’nie Kirchner, Company Stage Manager
Diane Levan, Box Office Staff
Earl Martz, Technical Director
Michael Mengine, Costume Shop Supervisor
Rachael McCahan, Box Office Manager
Ashley Miller, Box Office Staff
Jan Peak, House Manager
Paris Tennenhouse, Set Builder
Jon White-Spunner, Managing Director
Michael Yerges, Production Stage Manager
Meet Our Board of Trustees
President Mark Gardner, Bloomsburg
Vice President Elizabeth Cassady, Bloomsburg
Secretary Patricia Kunkle, Bloomsburg
Treasurer Mike Shapeero, Bloomsburg
Member-at-Large, BarbaraJean Markason-Zaleski, Millville
Leslie Bryden, Bloomsburg
Charlotte Droll, Bloomsburg
Cindy James, Bloomsburg
Jym Kauffman, Bloomsburg
Victor Klein, Paxinos
Kathleen Mulligan, Bloomsburg
Kathy Musser, Bloomsburg
Julie Panikkar, Bloomsburg
Interested in joining our Board?
Contact Jon White-Spunner, Managing Director
Family of Artists
An Emeritus Member is an artist who has served at least 20 years with the Ensemble at the time of his or her departure from the company.
Associate and Resident Associate Ensemble Members
We are proud to count these former Ensemble Members as part of our talented family of artists.
Resident Associate Ensemble Member
Associate Ensemble Members
These artists are exceptional guest artists who maintain ongoing, long-term relationships with BTE. We thank them for their commitment.
Bob Rush, Anastasia Davidson, Kali Quinn, Steve Gilliland, Jeffrey Leighton, Joshua Gallagher, Cecilia Durbin, Amber Williams, Mac Dowd-Whipple, A’nie Kirchner, Michael Yerges, Earl Martz, Michael Mengine, Kristen Bailey, Sarah Forsythe, Renee Fawess, William Decker, Rebecca Ermisch, Heath Hansum, Richard Latta, Ellen Lenbergs, Samantha Norton, Lynne Porter, F. Elaine Williams, Melissa Matthews, Paula Davis, Mary McNaugher, Monica Johnson, Lydia Hannibal, Bruce Candlish, Karen Anselm, Julie Petry, David Miller, Ethan Krupp, Nick Troisi, John Golomb, Aaron White, Jenny Kenyon, Michael Fritz, Gordon Wenzel, Connor Henry, Geddeth Smith, A.C. Hickox, Amy Rene Byrne, Elizabeth Whislar