Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff


Karen Anselm, M.F.A., Professor
Bruce Candlish, M.F.A., Associate Professor
Ethan Krupp, M.F.A., Associate Professor
David A. Miller, M.F.A., Assistant Professor
Julie Petry, M.F.A., Associate Professor
Bob Cardana, Visiting Assistant Professor
Samantha Norton-Phillips, Visiting Assistant Professor


Sarah Stuble, B.A., Costume Shop Coordinator
Nick Troisi, B.A., Scene Shop Coordinator

Faculty & Staff Biographies

Karen Anselm, M.F.A., Professor

Costume Director
Office: HCA-124

Karen Anselm

Professor of Theatre with a specialization in Costume Design, Prof. Anselm has been at Bloomsburg University since 1986. She has a Master of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University and previously taught theatre at University of Pittsburgh and the State University of New York Stonybrook. Prof. Anselm has been actively involved with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for 20 years, as Region II Respondent, Design Co-chair, Vice-chair, Chair, awarded Certificates of Merit for Ensemble work, Costume Design and Direction, two Kennedy Center Medals of Honor in recognition of her work as Regional Chair, and service on the National Executive Committee. She has served as Design Respondent, Irene Ryan Semi-finals Judge and Production Respondent. Karen co-hosted the Irene Ryan Evening of Scenes, 2002, served on the 2003 National Selection Team, traveling all over the country to select the best university theatre to come to the National Festival at the Kennedy Center. In 2005, she was the Facilitator for Design at the National Festival and presently is serving on the KCACTF Executive committee as the National Member-at-Large and has been elected to be the National Chair of Design, she will serve as Vice Chair 2006-2009, and Chair through 2012. Karen Anselm she has designed costumes for more than 150 productions.

Some of her favorite costume designs include: Romeo & Juliet and Trojan Women at Bloomsburg University, Winter's Tale at Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, Off Broadway productions of Marry Me A Little at Queens Theatre in the Park, Hot N Cole for Florida Stage, Private Lives for Unseam'd Shakespeare at City Theatre in Pittsburgh, (for which she was recognized in Pittsburgh's Best of 1999 list), The Bacchae for Modern Theatre of Myth, produced in NY and toured in Cyprus, and the world premiere of Joan for Endurance Theatre, NYC and Edinburgh's Festival Fringe. Most recently Anselm designed the costumes for an Off Broadway production of The Three Sisters for La MaMa, NYC. In 2003, Ms. Anselm worked with Dell'Arte on an extreme physical theatre adaptation of The Bacchae, entitled Wolf Sonata Bacchae.

She and her costume designs, as well as some of her students have toured Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Scotland and Slovakia, participating in such festivals as Cyprus Centre of International Theatre Institute Festival of Ancient Greek Drama, Istropolitana International Theatre Institute Festival, and Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Honored for her international work by Bloomsburg University's Institute for Culture and Society, Professor Anselm received the first Award for Outstanding Creative Works in 2003. She taught a Bloomsburg University Scholar's Course Seminar in Script Analysis and regularly teaches Career Seminar: Theatre in Bloom, Introduction to Theatre, Costume Design, Fundamentals of Design, Script Analysis, Theatre Appreciation, Stage Makeup. Costume History and Costume Construction. Her design students have been recognized and participated at KCACTF National Festival in 2000 and 2005, and participate regionally every year. Her students have gone to graduate school in design at Brandeis, CMU, Rutgers and SMU, designed costumes on and off Broadway, at Williamstown Theatre and for Saturday Night Live.

Bruce Candlish, M.F.A., Associate Professor

Director of Theatre
Office: HCA-126

Bruce Candlish

Bruce Candlish joined the Theatre & Dance Division in 1990, as Scenographer, and teaches classes such as Introduction to Theatre, Theatre Appreciation, Theatre History, Script Analysis, Theatre and Stage Management, and Scene Painting. He has designed sets and/or lights for approximately 50 BU Players productions. In Pennsylvania, his scenic and lighting designs have been seen at Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, New Paradise Laboratories (Philadelphia), Open Stage (Harrisburg), Electric Theatre Company (Scranton), East Stroudsburg University, Pennsylvania Youth Theatre (Bethlehem), Mock Turtle Marionettes (Bethlehem), Performance Workshop (Bethlehem), and Allentown Arts Center. Professor Candlish previously was designer and technical director at Lehigh University and taught design at the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts. He has a particular interest in computer aided design (CAD) technology. He holds degrees from San Jose State University (BA-Drama) and The Pennsylvania State University (MFA – Theatre Production).

Some of his favorite design challenges have included Biederman and the Firebugs (the set had to burn down every night), George Washington Slept Here (an old farm house was remodeled in 10 minutes, then destroyed), and A Komedy of Errorz (featured a fountain that looked like the Bard). Other favorite designs have included Hamlet (Lights, BU/Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble), You Can’t Take It With You (Set, BU/BTE), How I Learned to Drive (Lights, Open Stage), The Laramie Project (Design coordinator, Pa Governor’s School for the Arts), and Cabaret! (Set & Lights, BU).

Ethan Krupp, M.F.A., Associate Professor

Technical Director
Office: HCA-104

Ethan Krupp

Ethan Krupp has been part of the Theatre & Dance Division faculty since Fall 2006. He serves as the Technical Director for the division, as well as a lighting, scenery, properties, and sound designer. He teaches Theatre Appreciation, Theatre Production/Stagecraft, Scene Design, Lighting Design and Theory, and Seminar In Technical Theatre & Design.
His professional design work has been seen at the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble and Electric Theatre Company (Scranton) in Pennsylvania, as well as more than a dozen other theatres in Texas, Montana, and Virginia. Before coming to Bloomsburg he taught at the University of Houston-Downtown.

He holds a BA in Journalism and Mass Communications from Washington & Lee University (1997) and a MFA in Theatre Design and Technology (Lighting and Scenic Design Emphasis) from University of Montana (2000).

He has been involved in theatre since junior high school when his love of Neil Simon's plays was created by extensive scene work in Adele Mallin's 8th Grade Drama Class. He continued his theatre work in high school under the direction of Barbara Goodwin onstage and Ronald Masters in the scene shop in the LA suburb of Eagle Rock, CA. After a short and misguided stint in print journalism in college, he returned to the theatre and decided to go to graduate school for theatrical design.

David A. Miller, M.F.A., Assistant Professor

Office: University Book Store, Annex-127
(Down the hall from the Theatre Lab)
Website: www.mrdavidamiller.com

David A. Miller

David A. Miller is a professional director, playwright and educator. David joined the faculty at Bloomsburg University in the fall of 2012 and teaches all levels of Acting, Directing and Playwriting, and directs mainstage productions for the BU Players.

David is the former founding Artistic Director of The Artful Conspirators, a NYC-based collective of emerging and established theatre artists dedicated to creating new theatrical work that includes the audience as a participant in the theatre-making process. David’s work with the Conspirators includes directing Leaving IKEA: A Play in Two Cantos and creating Brooklyn Underground: Theatrical Stories from the Green-Wood Cemetery.

David is a resident director for Amphibian Stage Productions in Fort Worth, TX. Most recently he directed The Nosemaker's Apprentice for Amphibian in the 2014 season. His other productions Amphibian productions include Wittenberg by David Davalos (Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble, Dallas Fort Worth Critics Forum), Gutenberg! The Musical! (Best Production of the Year, Reader's Choice, Fort Worth Weekly), Below the Belt by Richard Dresser (Outstanding Direction, Dallas-Fort Worth Critics Forum) and readings of Mystery of Irma Vep and All This Intimacy. NYC Directing: NYMF, Prospect Theater Company, Vital Theater Company, WTE Theatre, Samuel French OOBR, Piper Theatre, The New Acting Company. Seattle: Annex Theater, Seattle Children’s Theatre.

As a playwright David’s plays include A Lesson in Art, Second Pipe of Desire, The Journeyman of Breuckelen and numerous collaboratively generated new plays with young people and with professional artists. David's more recent plays include Mystic in the Savage State (Workshop, Strange Sun Theatre, Fall 2013), Sisters of the Eternal Knot (Workshop, The Artful Conspirators, 2013) and The Flames (Act One Festival, Secret Theatre, NYC, 2013; Alternative for Performance in Collective:10 Festival, NYC, 2013).

David has taught, directed and mentored students at Wagner College, Playwrights Horizons Theatre School (NYU), Manhattan College, City College and Kingsborough Community College, among others. He has worked extensively in theatre education for young people as a teaching artist in the classroom and in leadership roles such as Director of Educational Outreach for Seattle Children’s Theatre and as Director of Education at Roundabout Theatre Company.

David is a Theatre Mentor for the Richard & Mica Hadar Foundation, a Drama League Directing Alumni, and was awarded an SSDC Directing Observership. He received a BA in Theatre (Acting and Directing) from Western Washington University and an MFA in Directing from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

Julie Petry, M.F.A., Associate Professor

Office: HCA-230

Julie Petry

Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance, Julie joined Bloomsburg University in Fall of 2009. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (dance) and a BFA from the University of Arizona where she studied dance, theatre and music. Previously a faculty member at Dominican University in River Forest, IL, she taught courses such as Directing, Auditions, and Dance Techniques, and had the opportunity to direct, choreograph, and collaborate on multiple productions. Julie was also a Master Teaching Artist for Changing Worlds, a non-profit that worked to bring art infused literacy programs into Chicago area K-12 schools.

Julie worked professionally in the Mid-west/Chicago region for over 12 years with multiple companies wearing multiple hats. Ranging from aerial artist to dialect coach, to date, she’s directed, choreographed, &/or performed in well over 100 productions. A multi-Emmy nominated Director/Choreographer, Ms. Petry is a native of the beautiful Pacific Northwest and loves to travel and explore outdoors. She is the recipient of multiple grant awards, was previously selected for the "Best of New Dances” by the curator of Dance Chicago, and is an Associate Member of SDC.

Directing/Choreographic credits include: Off Center Dance Co., ID; Summer Palace Theatre, WA; Centerlight Theatre, IL; Metropolis Performing Arts Center, IL, The King Center, FL (w/ Heartsong Communications); Dance Chicago, IL; Duets for My Valentine, IL; Around the Coyote Festival, IL; SoulStance Festival, IL; RASA Dance Chicago, IL; Aerial Dance Chicago, IL; Bucknell University, PA; The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, PA; and the Bloomsburg University Players, PA. Performing includes: Kenny Rogers/ The Toy Shoppe National Tour; Light Opera Works, IL; The Southern Arizona Light Opera Company, AZ; Summer Palace Theatre, WA; Lira Dance Ensemble--a nationally touring Polish Dance and Music Company, which took her to FL to perform with the Sarasota Opera; Ballet Entre Nous, IL; (AMEBA) Aerial Dance Chicago, IL; Tom & Susana Evert Dance Theatre, OH; and Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theatre, IL. She has appeared in Industrial Training Videos, taught Ellen Degeneres dance steps live on national TV via telephone, and worked as an extra on shows such as Turks. Additionally, she had the opportunity to work with the White Oak Dance Project and David Dorfman Dance through Columbia College community engagement programs.

At Bloomsburg University, Julie heads up the Dance Minor program, teaches dance and theatre coursework, and enjoys soaking up the vibrant climate of creativity about the campus. Recent projects include creating two new works for the Annual Dance Minor Concert, and serving as Asst. Director/ Choreographer on Flood Stories, Too.

Bob Cardana, Visiting Assistant Professor

Bob Cardana
Bob has worked theater from Montana to Mexico and Maine to Marin since his first paid design job too many years ago. He used that money to buy a drafting table.

After earning a Bachelor’s of Arts in Technical Theater at California State University, he received a full-paid scholarship plus housing, to attend Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas as part of their 3 year MFA design program, where they gave him a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Stage Design with specialties in Lighting and Scenery.

He once lit an entire production without using any theatrical lighting fixtures.

Years later, after moving to Montana, clearing land by hand and building a cabin in the mountains without electricity, he lived in a small cabin with no hot water or other indoor plumbing, and successfully managed to avoid becoming the Unabomber.
While operating as a freelance theatrical designer, instructor, and theater consultant and business owner from his home-base in Montana, he operated a Theater Planning & Design Consulting Service, and is an inventor/entrepreneur with an awarded utility patent.

He has never had a beer, nor any drink, never had a cigarette, no pot, no drugs.

Volunteer team leader for mountain rope rescue & certified rescue diver, PSD/Scuba, for Can-Am Search and Rescue, Trained and ran a volunteer search and rescue canine unit for Lincoln County, including searches for the National Park Service Glacier Park & US Forest Service, Even a volunteer Pop Warner football coach bashing 10 year olds together for entertainment. (He has since stopped doing that.)

He is only here for 4 months, be glad for small miracles.

Samantha Phillips-Norton, Visiting Assistant Professor

Samantha Phillips-Norton
Samantha holds an MFA in Opera and Theatre from the University of Maryland College Park, and is an Affiliate Artist with The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. Recently at BTE, Samantha played Jean in Good People, Mrs. Billiams in A Very Special Christmas Special and the Musician/Judge in The Merchant of Venice. Last fall, Samantha choreographed the sword fights for Bloomsburg University’s production of Macbeth directed by David Miller.

Outside of Bloomsburg, Samantha has been an adjunct instructor at Bucknell University and the Dialect coach for their productions of Pride and Prejudice, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Black Comedy. Her fight choreography skills have been seen in True West, Shepardfest, The Bacchae, The Wild Party and in Susquehanna University’s production of Romeo and Juliet. In February 2016, Sam will direct an original piece, Push Comes to Shove, at Bucknell. Samantha received The New York Innovative Theatre Artists Awards for Best Supporting Actress in How I Learned to Drive and has worked on Law & Order, Criminal Intent, Two Week’s Notice, Hitch, and Nickelodeon’s HiJinks! To learn more go to www.samantha-phillips.com

Sarah Stuble, B.A., Costume Shop Coordinator

Costume Shop: HCA-123

Sarah Stuble

Sarah Stuble joined Bloomsburg University first in a temporary instructor position acting as Costume Shop Manager three years ago, before becoming permanent Costume Shop Coordinator in 2007. At Bloomsburg she has been responsible for the construction of costumes for each shop, maintaining the workshop and equipment, and caring for the costume archive while working with students, other faculty members, and guest artist designers. Before joining BUP, she worked for the nationally renowned Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble as the Costume Shop Manager. Other work includes assisting Karen Anselm with costumes for an Off-Broadway production of The Three Sisters at the internationally recognized La Ma Ma in New York City. During the summer of 2006, she designed costumes for a production of Lysistrata that participated in the Cyprus Center of International Theater Institute Festival of Ancient Greek Drama and the Instrapolitana Project. Some other favorite designs include costumes for BTE's Much Ado About Nothing; Rain, Some Fish, No Elephants; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; costumes for Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts' A Midsummer Night's Dream; scenery for Bloomsburg University's Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean; costume design for Marywood University's The Vanities; costumes for the premier of Edenville at NYC's Emerging Artists Theatre.

Nick Troisi, B.A., Scene Shop Coordinator

Scene Shop: HCA 111