SCORE! is a devised, mentor-led musical theater intensive held every July for 2 weeks.
Students entering grades 7, 8 or 9 in the fall of 2024 are eligible to apply.

It’s all yours. You create the story, write the script, play the music, and design the costumes and sets.
It’s your story…we’ll help you tell it.


2024 Program Date & Time: July 8-20, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm. (Young artist are to bring bagged lunch daily. Water provided.)
Location: Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Grade Level: Students entering grades 7, 8 or 9 in the fall of 2024 are eligible to apply. Space is limited to only 25 students.
Cost: Early Bird registration is $450.*  Regular registration fee is $550.  Financial aid is available.

* To receive early bird pricing you must apply & pay a non-refundable deposit.

What is the goal of SCORE!?

To provide an intense and rigorous creative experience in which young people will:

  • Devise, create and produce an original musical theatrical production on the stage of the historic Embassy Theatre through a unique peer driven collaborative approach
  • Generate and harness the energy and discipline needed to create an original production
  • Give life and voice to a story that has meaning in their own lives
  • Learn the multidisciplinary elements of the art form including play-writing, composition, movement, drama, music, visual arts, and technical arts with the facilitation of industry professionals
  • Meet and collaborate with peers who have common interests


2024 application and scholarships information will be posted soon.


To submit your SCORE ! application and financial forms please email Maggie Hunter, education manager, at

Brought to you with support from:

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The SCORE! program is brought to you with support from Kevin Boughton, the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, English, Bonter, Mitchell Foundation, Foellinger Foundation, Lincoln Financial Foundation, Magee-O’Connor Foundation, Psi Iota Xi, Ian and Mimi Rolland Foundation, Dr. Louis and Anne B, Schneider Foundation and PNC Charitable Trusts, W. Thomas Smith and Brook Schumann, 3Rivers Federal Credit Union Foundation, Edward M. and Mary McCrea Wilson Foundation and the Updike Family Fund.

Check out what happened during SCORE 2023!

Mentor Bios


Jeff Casazza received his M.F.A. in Directing from Florida State University where he worked with Fred Chappell and Jose Quintero. He received his B.S. in Theatre from Ball State University. He teaches multiple courses in Acting, Movement, Voice and History of Modern Drama. His focus in the teaching of acting is to integrate the performer’s skills in acting, voice and movement. Jeff has directed in a variety of venues including the Steppenwolf and Bailiwick Theatres in Chicago and he directs a wide range of plays from realism to Shakespeare and more physically based theatre.


Todd Espeland is the Executive/Artistic Director of the Fort Wayne Youtheatre and is a graduate of the world renowned Dell’ Arte International. While at Dell’ Arte, Todd did extensive post-graduate work in Mask, Clown, Circus Techniques, Commedia Dell’ Arte and Physical Theatre. He holds MFA in Directing from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. With Commedia Zuppa Todd served as a mask and movement specialist and artist in residence Off-Broadway for the Rosebud Theatre Company. During this time he was also a lead coach and director with Starfish Circus, a nonprofit that focuses on helping kids develop skills for healthy, active and enthusiastic lives through circus & performing arts.


Baily Fritz is a Ball State University alum with degrees in Directing and Theatre Education. Currently a New York based director and producer, she has a passion for new works. Previous credits include her continuous work with The Larry Ray Show (Greenroom 42), Matterhorn (The Producers Club), One for the Road (NALPA), and Bully (Ball State University).


Christopher J. Murphy is Assistant Director and Director of Outreach at Fort Wayne Youtheatre, where he directs, teaches and oversees Youtheatre’s diverse community outreach programs such as the Storybook Theatre Troupe.  Murphy has been a Master Teacher with F.A.M.E. (Foundation for Art and Music in Education) for over fifteen years, taught FWCS adult acting classes, and teaches acting and musical theatre at author/PBS host Mark Kistler’s fine arts camps throughout the United States.  His work is regularly seen on stages throughout northeast Indiana, including the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre, First Presbyterian Theatre and Arena Dinner Theatre.


Alyssa Plisco loves working with her students to build strength, flexibility and confidence in their voice and performance style. Since completing her studies in Vocal Performance and Theatre Arts at Huntington University, Alyssa has been teaching, directing and performing in the greater Fort Wayne area. Over the past few years, Alyssa has worked with the following organizations: Fort Wayne Youtheatre, F.A.M.E, Fire and Light Academy, and The Creative Arts Council of Wells County. Alyssa is a vocal artist with Heartland Sings and loves to be involved in the local theatre scene.


Ben Wedler is a long time music director for many theatres and projects around Fort Wayne. He has music directed many shows at USF including Sister Act, Seussical, Catch me if you Can and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in collaboration with the Fort Wayne Youtheatre. He has music directed many musicals at Arena dinner Theatre over the past 17 years. He is on the board of directors at Arena Dinner Theatre.

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