Theatre and Dance Faculty and Staff

Theatre and Dance Faculty and Staff


Ethan Krupp, M.F.A., Associate Professor; Director of Theatre
Marija Krtolica, PhD, Temporary Instructor
David A. Miller, M.F.A., Associate Professor
Julie Petry, M.F.A., Associate Professor; Director, Dance Minor Program
Carrie Winship, PhD, Assistant Professor
Elizabeth Wislar, M.F.A., Temporary Instructor


Nick Troisi, B.A., Scene Shop Coordinator

Faculty & Staff Biographies

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

Director of Theatre; Technical Director
Office: HCA 226

Ethan KruppEthan Krupp has been part of the Theatre & Dance Division faculty since Fall 2006. He serves as the Director of Theatre, the Technical Director for the division, and also as a lighting, scenery, properties, and sound designer. He teaches Fundamentals of Theatre Design, 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 Maryland, Texas, Montana, and Virginia. Before coming to Bloomsburg, he was the Technical Director and designer for the University of Houston-Downtown, as well as a theatre faculty member for 6 years.

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.

Marija Krtolica, PhD, Temporary Instructor

KrtolicaMarija Krtolica (dance scholar, choreographer/dancer and teacher) holds Ph.D. in dance from Temple University. At Temple, she was awarded Edrie Ferdun award for scholarly achievement. Previously, she has earned BFA in dance, and MA in performance studies from Tisch School of the Arts NYU, and MFA in choreography from UC Davis. In her performative practice and writing, Marija brings historical, psychoanalytic and philosophical insights into a dialogue with the choreographic aesthetics, questions of dance labor, and multidisciplinary inquiry. Marija’s scholarly research begins with the working-class hysteria at the Salpêtrière hospital in Paris during the Third Republic, vernacular fin-de-siècle dancing in cabarets and representation of madness in ballet blanc, and extends to the early 20th century modernism and psychoanalytically informed dance theater from the Cold War era. She is currently revising her dissertation The Embodiment of the Unconscious: Hysteria, Surrealism, and Tanztheater (2018) into a monograph. In spring 2019, her article “Expression and Symptom” was accepted for publication in Documenta : tijdschrift voor theater (Ghent University). In 2019, Marija delivered a paper examining Aby Warburg’s lecture on the Pueblo Indians’ serpent ritual and Freud’s interpretation of animal symbolism at the NCSA conference Explorations, in Kansas City. In NYC, Marxist Education Project (MEP) presented seminars The Politics of the Unconscious: Hysteria, Surrealism and Avant-Garde at The New Perspectives Studio (2017-2019). At the Left Forums 2018 and 2019, Marija moderated the panel Aesthetics and Politics of Embodied Expression, and presented at the Marxist Humanist Panel “Socialist Humanism: Legacy for the Present” on aesthetics and humanist role of art in the society. Her collaborative performance work with Despina Stamos and Florence Benichou, examines the history and politics of hysteria “Displaced herstory and persistence of bodily memory,” and was selected for the Anima Mundi Festival, Visions (Venice, October 2019). Marija is a certified yoga teacher, and has been teaching since 2000. She is also a dance improvisation practitioner and teacher. Marija’s artistic and educational practice is informed by her study of psychoanalysis, philosophy, and participation in the Lacanian Flash Cartels through Lacanian Compass.

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

Office: Bakeless 319A

David A. MillerDavid 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. David directs mainstage productions for the BU Players and mentors student-directed projects.

David is a resident director for Amphibian Stage Productions in Fort Worth, TX. His Amphibian productions include The Nosemaker's Apprentice: Chronicles of a Medieval Plastic Surgeon, 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 recent plays include Semi-Permanent (Elephant Ears Reading Series, Philadelphia, PA, 2016), Restoration/Conservation (Published in The Paragon Journal, Semi-finalist for The 15th Annual 10 by 10 in the Triangle Festival of New Short Plays at The Arts Center Stage, Carrboro, NC, 2016), The Flames (The Collective's C10:Comedy, New York, NY, 2015), and Mystic in the Savage State (Workshop, Strange Sun Theater, New York, NY, 2015).

David is the former founding Artistic Director of The Artful Conspirators, a Brooklyn-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 has taught, directed and mentored students throughout New York City 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 former Theatre Mentor for the Richard and Mica Hadar Foundation, a Drama League Directing Alumni, and was awarded an SSDC Directing Observership. He has 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

Director, Dance Minor Program
Office: Wilson House, Room 4

Julie PetryAssociate Professor of Theatre and Dance, Julie joined Bloomsburg University in Fall of 2009. At BU, Julie serves as Director of the Dance Minor program, teaches dance and theatre coursework, and enjoys soaking up the vibrant climate of creativity about the campus. Recent BU projects include Artistic Direction of all annual Dance Minor Concerts, choreographing The Rocky Horror Show, serving as dialect coach for the production of The Nosemaker's Apprentice, directing Roadkill Confidential and choreographing new concert dance works each season. One such work, His Painful Stretches, offered her students an invitation to travel to Philadelphia to perform her choreography in a curated showcase by the acclaimed and Internationally recognized Koresh Dance Company. Another of her dance works, Rest In Pieces, has been traveling the US for two years in an installation called Craddling Creativity, an exhibit dedicated to fertility stories.

Julie 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 group 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 150 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. Her writing/research can be found in the Voice and Speech Review and the Bi Women's Quarterly. She has actively presented at both ATHE and NCA conferences, and was invited to attend and present her directing methods at the well-known Directors Lab West.

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.

Carrie Winship, PhD, Assistant Professor

Office: HCA 230

Dr. Carrie Winship

Dr. Carrie Winship is a director, dramaturg, teacher, and scholar living in Williamsport, PA. Carrie holds a Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Missouri; an M.A. in Theatre History, Theory, and Literature from Indiana University; and a B.A. in Theatre and Sociology from Emory & Henry College in Virginia. Carrie joined Bloomsburg University in 2018 and teaches courses in theatre history, script analysis, and theatre appreciation. Recently a Visiting Instructor of Theatre at Lycoming College, Carrie taught courses in dramatic literature and theatre history, and directed. Located in Columbia, Missouri from 2011-2017 Carrie worked as a freelance director, dramaturg and stage manager while pursuing her doctoral degree. Her work in Columbia included collaborations with GreenHouse Theatre Project, Independent Actors Theatre, MU Summer Repertory Theatre and Talking Horse Theatre.

Carrie’s research explores women’s voices in practice and theory, as well as new play development, theatre pedagogy, dramaturgical collaboration, and devised theatre. She regularly presents at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the Mid-America Theatre Conference, and the Women and Theatre Program annual meeting. Carrie is particularly invested in serving platforms that cultivate new works: she coordinated the prestigious Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Award from 2013-2016 and has served numerous other initiatives including the Playwriting Symposium of the Mid-America Theatre Conference, the Missouri Playwright’s Workshop, and the Mizzou New Play Series.

Select professional directing credits include: Hamlet, Dark Creation: The Mary Shelley Project, Measure, Don Juan: After the War, Our Town, Three Sisters (all with GreenHouse Theatre Project), Baltimore Waltz (Talking Horse Theatre), and The Short Women’s Play Festival 5 (Independent Actors Theatre). Select educational directing credits include: Stop Kiss (Lycoming College), Good Kids (University of Missouri), The Lost Slipper (University of Missouri), Aria da Capo (University of Missouri), Reasons to be Pretty (Indiana University), and The Marriage Proposal (Indiana University).

Recent recognitions include: American Theatre and Drama Society Emerging Scholar Award (2017), KCACTF Stage Directors and Choreographers Directing Fellow (2016), KCACTF/LMDA Dramaturgy Award Finalist (2016), and the ATHE/KCACTF Graduate Student Award for Innovation in Teaching (2015).

Elizabeth Wislar, M.F.A., Temporary Instructor

Costume Director
Office: HCA-124

Elizabeth WislarElizabeth is a new faculty member with the Bloomsburg University Theatre and Dance Division. She previously worked as Costume Designer, Costume Shop Manager, and Instructor with Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA (2015-2019).

Elizabeth graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, BA, cum laude, and earned an MFA in Costume Design and Technology from Pennsylvania State University. She spent 5 years (1996-1999, 2002) as the Assistant Designer/Head Draper to Bonnie Kruger for the annual Baroque Handel Opera Festival in Göttingen, Germany.

Elizabeth spent close to twenty years as a freelance theatre artisan and small business owner based in Chicago, IL. She has designed Costumes for 200+ shows and built more than 150 productions in the Chicago area and nationally in collaboration with many of the prevailing theaters, opera companies, and local universities. Notable Design credits include the world premier of The Houdini Box, written by Brian Selznick and directed by Blair Thomas, multiple co-productions with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Children's Theatre, Arnie the Donut, directed by Adam Arian for the New York New Musical Festival, the world premier of Neverwhere with Lifeline Theatre, based on the book by Neil Gaiman, the world premier of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, a new musical written by Dennis DeYoung, and Were the World Mine, a major motion picture and romantic musical fantasy film (2008) directed by Tom Gustafson.

Elizabeth is the 2004 recipient of the Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award, as well as multiple other JEFF awards and nominations.

In 2011 she founded Chicago Custom Costumes Inc., a private build shop located in the historic Fine Arts Building on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago. Notable clients include the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Chicago Opera Theater, Lookingglass Theater (2012, Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphosis), Chicago Children’s Theater, Momentum Worldwide, Hendrick’s Gin, Miss Black Illinois, Internationally recognized (EDM) musician Savant, Juaritos, Haymarket Opera, Susan and Dee Snyder of Twisted Sister, Roosevelt University Opera, the Kansas State Lottery, Randomhouse Publishing, Northwestern University Opera, DePaul University Opera, and Blair Thomas (co-founder of Redmoon Theatre and Artistic Director and Founder of the Chicago International Puppet Theatre Festival).

In 2015 Elizabeth sold her business and moved to the mountains of Pennsylvania, where her mission in life is to participate in the development of new artistic collaborators and technicians, training them for the multitude of diverse opportunities in professional theatre.

Elizabeth is an active respondent with the KCACTF Region 2 and offers many workshops each year at the festival. Past workshops include Collage a Costume, Decolonizing the Classroom and Theatre Spaces (Presented with Dr. Carrie Winship, and Dr. Charles Dumas), Working With Student Designers. Why should we? How do we? (Presented with Dr. Carrie Winship), Over the Top: Crafting and Creating a FABULOUS Headdress, Making Armor from Foam, Emerging as a Professional Designer: How to get a job and how to get fired, Upcycled Costumes: Redefining Found Objects, and Upcycled Masks: Cardboard Manipulation and Storytelling.

Elizabeth exhibited a collection of Bonnie Kruger’s Baroque opera costumes from Göttingen, Germany at the annual USITT Conference in St. Louis, and most recently was an invited panelist for the topic: In the Director’s Chair, When Designers Direct in Louisville, KY.

Elizabeth spent several weeks this past summer participating in the Cobalt Studios Summer Scenic Painting Intensive program. She also spent time studying Digital Fabrication at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago (2017). Elizabeth’s pedagogy includes the integration of 3D printing and other forms of technology into the classroom, design, and construction process while honoring the traditional and historical practices.

Elizabeth’s design work can be seen locally with the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. Past productions include The Wizard of Oz, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, The Foreigner, The Legend of Georgia McBride, and The Diary of Anne Frank.

You can see Elizabeth’s work and learn more about her by visiting her website.

Staff Biographies

Nick Troisi, B.A., Scene Shop Coordinator

Scene Shop: HCA 111