"This was so much fun! We can't wait to join in on the laughs again!"
– Tawnya H., Facebook
Join us for hilarious games, ridiculous scenes, and to see if our improv actors have what it takes to stay on their feet during these fast-paced, raucous shows! Fair warning, these shows are meant strictly for adults.
Amy Rene Byrne is an Ensemble Member at BTE and the former Education Director. She has been saying "yes, and..." her entire life and it wasn't until she discovered improv that she realized it wasn't because she's a complete pushover of a people pleaser. Amy's thrilled to be a part of BTE Improv and excited to see it's place in the community grow and develop like a fungus you just can't kick. She hopes every child who has ever been called precocious knows that they, too, can grow up and get paid to play make-believe all day-- and if that's not making it, Amy doesn't know what is.
Renee Fawess is super stoked to be part of this outstandingly awesome, marvelously silly improv group. A 2004 graduate of Bloomsburg University, Renee has used her theatre degree in a number of ways. Daily, she uses it to entertain her toddler daughter and husband, Tom Byrn. They think she's hilarious. She uses it for work at Geisinger, Sarah Lawrence College, and the University of Pittsburgh where she is a standardized patient and helps educate professionals working on their communication skills. She is an Affiliated member of the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble and was one of their interns for the 2004/2005 season many moons ago. She has also taught theatre school, managed their box office, and gone on many TIC school tours. Making people laugh feeds her soul. She couldn't be more excited to be part of such an awe-inspiring group that makes her belly laugh with each interaction.
Abigail Leffler is BTE's Education Director and Improv facilitator. She has been working with BTE since August 2019. She is also a mom to two wonderful children and married to a man who claims he is funnier than her. (Jury is still out on that.) She founded the Improv group in January of 2020 and is very proud of the group and their amazing spirit. Theatre has been her passion since college and she is thrilled to be back at BTE (after 10 years in NC) offering up the silliest of performance styles, as well as educational outreach, to Bloomsburg and its surrounding areas.
Ryan Nolan works as a retail pharmacist, but he is no stranger to the stage. Born and raised in Charleston, WV, he starred in many local stage productions from elementary through high school. He first started practicing improv at his undergraduate alma mater, High Point University, when he joined the unofficial campus improv troupe, Charcoal Pony, in 2011. After graduation, he returned to West Virginia and began practicing with State 35 Comedy (formerly The No Pants Players), until moving to Danville in late 2019. He is convinced that it was fate to meet Abby Leffler and learn that she was looking for help to start an improv troupe around the same time! Improv has been something he wanted to be a part of since he first saw Whose Line Is It Anyway? in the late 90s, and he is excited to help bring the same brand of irreverent nonsense to Bloomsburg.
Jon Schultz is a local Actor, Pro Wrestler (J.S. Hawthorne), Stuntman, Artist and Drag queen who arrived in Bloomsburg to get his degree in performance theatre from Bloomsburg University. He has Performed with BTE (Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble) several times in such plays as Something Grimm and Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley. Jon has been a lifelong fan of Improv and jumped at the chance to practice this art form. Mr. Schultz and the rest of the improv Ensembled were emboldened by the support shown by the community and hope for your continued raucous laughter in the future performances.
Nate Stosius is known to the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble fan base as "that guy who kind of used to look like Eric Wunsch." Nate has appeared in a few BTE productions; including The Diary of Anne Frank and The BFG. While not performing, Nate find his joy spending time with his wife, former BTE star Bry Kifolo, and their adorable pup Harper. (Theatre has been Nate's passion for the last 12 years, and he will continue his work at the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University in September). Nate hopes that you can all find a spark of joy in the world each and every day, and if you can't, fake it 'til you make it baby!
Michaela Tloczynski is a Bloomsburg native. She spent a collective 6 years in the Greater Philadelphia Area and State College, PA studying and performing in theatre and dance. She was introduced to Improv while studying at West Chester University. Since then, her improv experiences include two years with the campus team, studying and performing Commedia Dell'Arte in Calabria, Italy, and performing in a devised clown show with the Shoebox Company in Manayunk. But enough of all that! She is happily married to her dreamy high school sweetheart and is an immensely proud dog mom to two rescue pups. She's also worked hard with her sister and family to found Wandering Brewtique, a local specialty coffee and beverage trailer. She is always running from one place to the next, so she needs Improv to stay sane and just laugh at herself (and others).
Danielle Velkoff is thrilled to be joining the BTE Improv team. Recent credits include Marie-Antoinette in Studio 570's The Revolutionists, Dotty Otley/Mrs. Clackett in CTL's Noises Off, and Claire Gantz in Neil Simon's Rumors. Ms. Velkoff wishes to thank her friends and family for their love and support and would like to thank everyone involved for making this such a fun and rewarding experience.