Richard Cannaday is happy to be directing his third production of 2016! After last season's Unnecessary Farce and summer's Birthday Showdown at Penguin Pete's Pizza Emporium, Richie is glad to be working on a more serious comedy. Other directing credits at BTE include Murder at the Howard Johnson's, A Christmas Carol (2012), and Art. Onstage, Richie recently played Longstreet/Cal in Row After Row, and Ralphie's Old Man in A Christmas Story. Richie will dive into even more serious territory this spring when he directs the shocking and intimate new play by Jennifer Haley, The Nether. Richie lives in Almedia with his clever wife, Syreeta, and their energetic kids, Irene, Judah, and Simone. Go BlueJays!
Elizabeth Dowd is amazed and grateful to be beginning her 38th season at BTE. Last season she appeared in One Slight Hitch and A Christmas Story. She directed and co-wrote last year's TIC, FINDING OUR VOICES and later joined the tour, performing for five weeks in elementary and middle schools across PA. This is her first time performing in a play by the remarkable Annie Baker. Thanks for coming to see what she discovered.
James Goode launches his 39th season with the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, fresh from his role in the Intern Project Venus in Fur. Other recent BTE productions have been Unnecessary Farce, Art, The Seagull, Superior Donuts, Vanya & Sonya & Masha & Spike, and The Clean House. Upcoming, he's looking forward to playing Joseph Priestley in the work premiere of Gunpowder Joe, and revisiting a old favorite The Foreigner. Watch for his solo Halloween show Bone Appetit: A Grisly Concoction.
Laurie McCants may have to build another room in her house to hold all the books she’s purchased in the last few years for her research into the life and times of Joseph Priestley. She’s had a blast learning about GUNPOWDER JOE, our local famous guy— famous for “discovering oxygen” (thank goodness!), for having famous friends (Franklin, Jefferson, Adams), for having influenced our Founders in their revolutionary thinking, for bringing the Unitarian faith to America, and for inventing soda pop (burp!). Working with award-winning playwright Anthony Clarvoe on this world premiere debuting on the BTE stage in January has been a joy. She’s thankful, too, for the friendships and support that have emanated from this project— professors and students in Bucknell and Penn State university departments of theatre, dance, engineering, and chemistry, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Susquehanna Valley, and the wonderful volunteers who run The Joseph Priestley House in Northumberland with such knowledge and love.
Cassandra Pisieczko is an actor, director, teacher and writer, and proud member of the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. Favorite roles with BTE include Billie Dweyer in Unnecessary Farce, Elizabeth I in In the Shadow of the Axe, Emma in Skin and Bone, The Red Hen in The Stinky Cheese Man, Myra in Ghost-Writer, Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker, Lesbia in Getting Married, Emily in Rain, Some Fish, No Elephants, and Seta in Beast on the Moon. Selections of her work as a director are last season's Romeo and Juliet, Sarah Ruhl's In the Next Room or the vibrator play, as well as The Clean House, Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire, the original A Very Special Christmas Special and many others
Daniel Roth rejoices along with y’all that BTE is celebrating 39 years of live performance! He’ll be joining you in the house for Body Awareness, directing Every Christmas Story Ever Told, and returning to the AKT stage for the world premiere of GUNPOWDER JOE, when he’ll take on the breeches of Thomas Jefferson and other intriguing characters of the time who played significant roles in the life of Joseph Priestley. Daniel thanks you, as always, for supporting his artistic growth for TWO DECADES...yes, that’s right folks...20 years!
Eric Wunsch is excited for his first show as the newest official member of BTE after being a a membership candidate, frequent guest actor, acting intern here. Prior to coming to BTE, he was a Philadelphia-based theatre artist. Annie Baker is one of his favorite playwrights, and "Jared" is one of his favorite characters ever created by her. He couldn't think of a better way to start this journey. Favorite roles at BTE have included Pig in Disco PIgs, Jack in Stinky Cheese Man, Romeo in Romeo & Juliet, Eric in Unnecessary Farce, and Tom in Row after Row. Many thanks to everyone who makes plays happen here at BTE, from the hardworking staff to all the audience and supporters. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Love to Kristen and Ziggy.
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