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 amyrenebyrne@bte.org or phone at (570) 784-5530

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Summer Theatre School 2017

*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 amyrenebyrne@bte.org with any questions or concerns. 

or download the 2017 Registration Form 
 

  • IF YOU LIVE IN THE BERWICK SCHOOL DISTRICT click here for more info about the Beyond Cajun Theatre School Scholarship
  • Limited financial aid is available; click here for more information


Welcome to BTE's Summer Theatre School 2017. Classes are listed below in chronological order, and then discount packages are listed by age. You can register for classes individually, or save money by signing up for packages. Any questions or concerns can be sent to Education Director Amy Rene Byrne at amyrenebyrne@bte.org or by calling her at 570-784-5530.

BTE's Summer Theatre School is located inside the Columbia Mall, across from Bloom Bounce and next to Dunham's Sports; all classes take place there unless otherwise indicated.

Classes

Preschool Players
Ages 3 -5
Saturdays June 10th, 17th, 24th, July 1st
10:00AM - 11:00AM
$80
Provide your preschool-aged child an outlet for their creativity! Theatre, music, and dance develop young children's sense of self expression, confidence, imagination, and cognitive skills. Join us as we tell stories, make music, dance and discover how to bring our own stories to life.
Teachers TBA

Integrated Arts: Egypt
Ages 8 - 13
Monday through Friday, June 26th - 30th
10:00AM - 5:00PM
$200
Your child will discover the intriguing culture of Egypt past and present through a one-week intensive study of the country's theatre, music, and art. The class will culminate in a project integrating all three areas of study.  
Teachers: Amy Rene Byrne, Caleb Sizemore, Brock Dent

Adult Play Reading: Mother of the Maid 
Ages 18+
**Play Readings take place at a private home in downtown Bloomsburg; address provided upon registration**
Monday, July 10th
7:00PM
$15/includes food and drink
Award-winning playwright Jane Anderson's play takes the point of view of Joan of Arc's mother. Not only must she come to terms with her daughter growing up, but she must also cope with how different her daughter really is. This play is a beautiful amalgamation of parenthood, religion, sexuality, and politics. 
Reading led by Elizabeth Dowd

Young Actors #1 
Ages 6 -8
Monday through Friday, July 10th - 14th
10:00AM - 1:00PM
$80
A wonderful introduction to the teamwork and creativity that is at the heart of theatre. We'll play games, act out stories and make up some of our own! Can be taken by itself or in conjunction with Young Actors #2 & #3. 
Teachers: Laurie McCants and Danny Roth

Junior Actors #1 SOLD OUT
Ages 9-12
Monday through Friday, July 10th - 14th
2:00PM - 5:00PM
SOLD OUT
Using more complex acting and improvisation games, we will learn how to create characters in a living story. Can be taken by itself or in conjunction with Junior Actors #2. Using more complex acting and improvisation games, we will learn how to create characters in a living story. Can be taken by itself or in conjunction with Junior Actors #2. 
Teachers: Danny Roth and Laurie McCants

Adult Play Reading: The Christians
Ages 18+
**Play Readings take place at a private home in downtown Bloomsburg; address provided upon registration**
Monday, July 17th
7:00PM
$15/includes food and drink
Pastor Paul has built up his church from a modest store front to a mega-church with a congregation of thousands. Paul, however, is about to shake the church to its core with a sermon about what he truly believes. Lucas Hnath's play deals with complex issues in a wholly human way.  
Led by Eric Wunsch

Teen/Adult Scene Study
Ages 13+
Monday through Friday, July 17th - 21st
10:00AM - 1:00PM
$80
Are you looking to deepen your skills as an actor? Or are you thinking of trying out acting for the first time? This class is a perfect way for beginners and advanced actors alike to delve deeper into the craft of acting. This class will focus on objectives, listening, acting and reacting, and being present in a scene.  
Led by Amy Rene Byrne

Adult Play Reading: The Witch of Edmonton 
Ages 18+
**Play Readings take place at a private home in downtown Bloomsburg; address provided upon registration**
Monday, July 24th
7:00PM
$15/ includes food and drink
Rowley, Ford and Dekker's Jacobean play centers around supposedly real-life events that took place in the village of Edmonton. Elizabeth Sawyer is a poor and elderly woman. Accused of being a witch, she is shunned by her neighbors and alienated from her village. She wreaks her revenge on them by selling her soul to the Devil.   
Led by Jim Goode

Young Actors #2
Ages 6 - 8
Monday through Friday, July 24th - 28th
10:00AM - 1:00PM
$80  
Here's another chance to get a wonderful introduction to the teamwork and creativity that is at the heart of theatre. We'll play games, act out stories and make up some of our own! Can be taken by itself or in conjunction with Young Actors #1 & #3
Teachers: Amy Rene Byrne and Laurie McCants 

Junior Actors #2 SOLD OUT
Ages 9 - 12
 
Monday through Friday, July 24th - 28th
2:00PM - 5:00PM
SOLD OUT
Another opportunity to use complex acting and improvisation games to create characters in a living story. Can be taken by itself or in conjunction with Junior Actors #1. 
Teachers: Amy Rene Byrne andDanny Roth

Shakespeare: Macbeth
Ages 13+

Monday through Friday, July 31st - August 4th
10:00AM - 2:00PM
$150
We’ll dig deep into this spine-tingling play for intense character, scene, and language work. ""Double, double, toil and trouble.."" and tons of bloody fun. " 
Led by Laurie McCants and Eric Wunsch

Unarmed Stage Combat
Ages 13+

Monday through Friday, August 7th - 11th
10:00AM - 12:00PM
 $80
Learn the tricks and tips to making onstage combat look real. You will learn how to safely and effectively faint, fall, trip, shove, slap, hair pull, punch, choke, and kick-- just to name a few! Class will culminate in fight scenes. 
Teachers: Amy Rene Byrne and Connor Henry

Special Effects Makeup
Ages 11+

Monday through Friday, August 7th - 11th
1:00PM - 3:00PM
$80/includes all blood, gore, and makeup
You'll want to pack a white t-shirt and old pants for this class. We will learn how to create amazing special effects for the stage including wounds, scars, and stage blood. Mwahahaha!  
Led by A'nie Kirchner,  Amy Rene Byrne, and Connor Henry

Comedy Improv
Ages 13+

Monday through Friday, August 14th - 18th
10:00AM - 2:00PM
$80
Build your confidence through super fun improvisational games and exercises guided by the true rules of comedy. Whether you are a total beginner or you want to take your performance to the next level, this class is for you! 
Led by Richie Cannaday and Eric Wunsch

Young Actors #3
Ages 6 - 8

Monday through Friday, August 14th - 18th
3:00PM - 6:00PM
$80
Yet one more chance to get a wonderful introduction to the teamwork and creativity that is at the heart of theatre. We'll play games, act out stories and make up some of our own! Can be taken by itself or in conjunction with Young Actors #1 & #2
Teachers: TBA

Packages

Bloody Summer  
Ages 13+ 

$250
includes:
Shakespeare: Macbeth  
Unarmed Stage Combat  
Special Effects Makeup  
$310 Value  

Young Actors Package  
Ages 6 - 8

$190
includes:
Young Actors #1, #2, #3  
$240 Value  

Junior Actors Package  SOLD OUT
Ages 9 - 12

SOLD OUT
includes:
Integrated Arts
Junior Actors #1, #2,
  

Reader's Theatre Package  
Ages 18+ 

$35
includes:
All Adult Play Readings   
$45 Value  

*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 amyrenebyrne@bte.org with any questions or concerns. 

or download the 2017 Registration Form here

Super Singing Sundays

BTE Theatre School presents
Super Singing Sundays
More information on our next Super Singing Sundays coming soon


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HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE WORKSHOP DAY

BLOOMSBURG THEATRE ENSEMBLE'S 18TH ANNUAL
HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE WORKSHOP DAY
INFORMATION COMING SOON

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 amyrenebyrne@bte.org 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 www.NEWPA.com/eitc. The deadline for new businesses is July 1.

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


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