Education at BTE

BTE Theatre School brings children together to create, invent, laugh, and inspire.

BTE Theatre School helps families and educators in north east Pennsylvania give their children an opportunity to explore theatre arts in a nurturing, creative and inspiring environment through affordable year-round workshops, classes, and summer camps for ages 3 to 100!

For more information on scheduling classes or programs, or attending our camps or workshops, please contact BTE Education Director Amy Rene Byrne by email at or phone at (570) 784-5530

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Theatre School 2017-2018

Welcome to BTE's Theatre School 2017-2018. Classes are listed below in chronological order. Any questions or concerns can be sent to Education Director Amy Rene Byrne at or by calling her at 570-784-5530.

BTE's Theatre School is located inside the Columbia Mall, across from Bloom Bounce and next to Dunham's Sports.




Sundays, January 7, 14, 21
2-5 pm
Ages 13-18

Led by Amy Rene Byrne

Join us to create and star in a short film for the “Sit Next to Me! Film Festival”.  We will be partnering with Box of Light to create our own form of cinematic activism.  This workshop will originate and stage a story centered around inviting diversity into the community.  Participants will learn the basics of story creation and film acting as they write an original script and act in the final project.


Ages 5-8  | Saturday, January 13 | 9 am to 12 pm
Ages 9-12  | Saturday, January 20 | 9 am to 12 pm
Led by Amy Rene Byrne

Come learn how to spin a yarn as we explore the magic of creating and sharing stories with our voices and bodies.  Students will learn how to effectively capture their audience as they weave a tale by focusing on confidence, communication, and stage presence.  Perfect for those new to acting as well as more experienced performers.


Ages 5-10  | Saturday, January 27 | 9 am to 12 pm
Ages 11-18  | Saturday, February 3 | 9 am to 12 pm
Led by A'nie Kirchner and Amy Rene Byrne

From hand-puppets to Muppets, puppetry is one of the oldest and most versatile theatrical traditions.  Tap into your creative potential by learning how to operate a puppet and build your own.  In this interactive workshop, students will learn the foundation of puppet operation and will craft their own hand-puppet to take home.

Take this class with The Great Muppet Super Singing Sundays class to receive $10 off with coupon code MUPPETPUPPET10

Super Singing Sundays

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Super Singing Sundays: The Great Muppet Super Singing Sundays
Sundays, February 4, 11, 18, 25
Sharing Performance at 2:30 on February 25th
Ages 8-80

Led by Richie Cannaday and Amy Rene Byrne

It’s time to play the music!  It’s time to light the lights!  Join us to sing through four decades’ worth of the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, Muppetational music ever at Super Singing Sundays!  Instruction will focus on singing with confidence, creating larger-than-life characters, and performing with gusto.  Whether you’re a frog, a pig, or whatever Gonzo is, you’ll have a great time at this class for kids of all ages.

*Please be advised, you will be asked to create an account or login to our system. If you have logged in before, to register for classes or to buy tickets, you should use the same email address and password. You will be asked to sign the release form before you are taken to the class roster. Please email Amy at with any questions or concerns.

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Date TBD Fall 2018

When you get to the payment page, if you do not have to have a PayPal account to proceed, there's a button on the bottom that says "Pay with Credit/Debit Card"

If the school pays for the event please ask Amy for a coupon code

For more information on registering your students (or if you are a student who wants to take information to your teacher) please contact Amy Rene Byrne at or (570) 784-5530.

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Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC)

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble is now eligible for donations through Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC).

BTE’s name has been added to the list of educational improvement organizations to which businesses may make contributions and be considered for Educational Improvement Tax Credits from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in Fiscal Year 2016-2017 (July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017). Donors through this program will support BTE’s educational programs, Theatre in the Classroom, Page-to-Stage, High School Theatre Workshop Days, and High School Education and Production Internships.

The EITC program allows businesses authorized to do business in Pennsylvania and subject to certain taxes such as the corporate net income tax to receive state tax credits. Those credits are equal to 75 percent of the business’s contribution up to a maximum of $750,000 per taxable year. The rate can be increased to 90 percent of the contribution, if the business agrees to provide the same amount for two consecutive tax years.

If your business is currently enrolled in this program through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, please consider a donation to BTE in 2016-2017!

If you are not enrolled and are interested in more information about participating in the program, visit The deadline for new businesses is July 1.

Please contact Cindy Schultz at or (570) 784-5530 for more information about the EITC program.

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