Join us this summer for great classes at our new location: First Presbyterian Church, 345 Market Street, Bloomsburg! All classes are $100 per student, unless otherwise noted.

Summer 2022 Theatre School Workshops

BTE follows CDC guidelines. Please see our COVID protocols available on this webpage. Financial aid and scholarships are available on a limited basis, and will be distributed on a case-by-case basis. Please fill out our application form to apply.

For Younger Ages

Ensemble Member Daniel Roth teaching young students.

Ensemble Member Daniel Roth teaching young students.

Musical Theatre Camp

June 13th – June 17th
10:00am-1:00pm | Ages 5-8

Dance into the world of Musical theatre! This camp offers a beginner level understanding and education of this popular theatre genre. Teachers: Abigail Leffler and Violet Race

Silly Scenes

July 18th – July 22nd
10:00am-12:00pm | Ages 5-8

Chortle! Guffaw! Hone your comedy skills with silly scenes from kid friendly plays! Teachers: Elizabeth Dowd and Violet Race
Cost: $90

For Older Kids and Early Teens

Theatre school students act out a scene.

Theatre school students act out a scene.

Musical Theatre Camp

June 13th – June 17th
1:30-4:30pm | Ages 9-12

Dance into the world of Musical theatre! This camp offers a beginner level understanding and education of this popular theatre genre. Teachers: Abigail Leffler and Violet Race

Stage Combat

June 20th – June 24th
10:00am-1:00pm | Ages 12+

En garde! Have at you! Spend the week learning the basics of Stage Combat in a fun and safe environment. Teachers: Aaron White and Abigail Leffler

Improv

June 27th – July 1st
1:30-4:30pm | Ages 9-12

Yes, and... your way through this amazing camp with some of your favorite instructors (and BTE Improv performers). We will learn your favorite improv games and how to go with the flow in one of theatre’s most unpredictable genres of performance. Teachers: Abigail Leffler and Violet Race

Scriptwriting

July 11th – July 15th
10:00am-1:00pm | Ages 10-13

Antagonist, Protagonist, and Plot! Oh my! Learn the fundamentals of scriptwriting. Teachers: Abigail Leffler and Violet Race

Silly Scenes

July 18th – July 22nd
1:30-4:30pm | Ages 9-12

Chortle! Guffaw! Hone your comedy skills with silly scenes from kid friendly plays! Teachers: Abigail Leffler and Violet Race

Play Crafters Camp

July 25th – July 29th
10am-4:30pm* | Ages 11+

The show must go on! Young artists will learn all the mechanics needed to put on a play. Sets, lights, props, costumes, acting, and more! Teachers: Abigail Leffler and Violet Race
Cost: $200
*There is a half-hour lunch with students halfway through the day.

Make up Mayhem

August 1st, 2nd, 3rd
1:00pm-3:00pm | Ages 12+

Fantasy! Magic! Injuries! Special Effects! It's amazing what a little makeup can do for a stage production. Come learn the basics and have a blast! Teachers: A’nie Kirchner and Violet Race
Cost: $50

Gore Galore

August 4th, 5th
1:00-4:00pm | Ages 12+

Blood! Wounds! And more! Learn the basic requirements to make your favorite gore effects. Teachers: A'nie Kirchner and Abigail Leffler
Cost: $50

For Teens and Adults

A young woman takes a selfie with a gory makeup wound on her face.

The gory results of a Stage Makeup class.

Stage Combat

June 20th – June 24th
10:00am-1:00pm | Ages 12+

En garde! Have at you! Spend the week learning the basics of Stage Combat in a fun and safe environment. Teachers: Aaron White and Abigail Leffler

Teen Acting Studio

June 20th – June 24th
1:30-4:30pm | Ages 13-18

Dig deep into character work and motivation in this camp designed for teens eager to hone their acting chops. Teachers: Abigail Leffler and Violet Race

Theatre Through the Ages

June 27th – July 1st
10:00am-1:00pm | Ages 13-18

Travel through time with your favorite theatre instructors! In this camp, we will cover a different era of theatre each day and how that era helped shape the modern theatre we know and love. Teachers: Abigail Leffler and Violet Race

Scriptwriting

July 11th – July 15th
1:30-4:30pm | Ages 14-16

Antagonist, Protagonist, and Plot! Oh my! Learn the fundamentals of scriptwriting. Teachers: Abigail Leffler and Violet Race

Play Crafters Camp

July 25th – July 29th
10:00am-4:30pm* | Ages 11+

The show must go on! Young artists will learn all the mechanics needed to put on a play. Sets, lights, props, costumes, acting, and more! Teachers: Abigail Leffler and Violet Race
Cost: $200
*There is a half-hour lunch with students halfway through the day.

Make up Mayhem

August 1st, 2nd, 3rd
1:00pm-3:00pm | Ages 12+

Fantasy! Magic! Injuries! Special Effects! It's amazing what a little makeup can do for a stage production. Come learn the basics and have a blast! Teachers: A'nie Kirchner and Violet Race
Cost: $50

Gore Galore

August 4th, 5th
1:00-4:00pm | Ages 12+

Blood! Wounds! And more! Learn the basic requirements to make your favorite gore effects. Teachers: A'nie Kirchner and Abigail Leffler
Cost: $50

Why BTE's Theatre School?

Kids who learn theatre skills learn communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and confidence. They learn to use their imaginations to solve problems and make things happen. These are skills and abilities that are vital to success in school and the adult world and to a healthy, balanced life.

BTE Theatre School offers a range of classes, workshops, and camps designed to teach the fundamentals of the theater arts on an age-appropriate basis: critical reading, aesthetic analysis, creative thinking and problem solving, collaboration, theatre technology, oral interpretation, movement, and more.

Courses are led by BTE Theatre School staff and members of the Ensemble.

BTE Theatre School Staff

Abigail Leffler, Education Director

Abigail Leffler

Abigail Leffler is a Bloomsburg native. She earned her B.A. in Theatre Arts with a Performance Emphasis from Bloomsburg University. She has been no stranger to BTE. After college, she did an extensive acting internship with us. She has written and performed in many of our Theatre in the Classroom shows. For the past 8 years she has served as a Drama Instructor at the Center of Performing Arts, a Director for New Bern Civic Theatre, and as an actor and director for multiple theatre companies in North Carolina. She is so happy to be back at BTE teaching students of all ages.

More Theatre Education

Theatre In the Classroom (TIC)

Patchworks: Life and Legends of the Coal Towns - Theatre In the Classroom - 2022 Touring Production

The BTE Theatre in the Classroom (TIC) program presents original plays developed to meet educational goals of elementary educators. Our Spring 2022 Tour is available for booking! More information can be found on our TIC page.

Project Discovery

Students, seated in BTE's seats, engage in a talkback with the actors after a show.

BTE's Project Discovery allows area students to see plays free of charge as part of their high school education.

To learn more, visit the Project Discovery page.

Virtual Theatre School

Free videos for your kids to enjoy at home, anytime.