SCORE! is a devised, mentor-led theater workshop with music held every July for 2 weeks. In 2023, we continue our partnership with the Fort Wayne Youtheatre to grow and strengthen our education programming and build upon our relationship with Youtheatre.
Fort Wayne Youtheatre

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.


Location: Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46802
2023 Program Date & Time: July 10-22, 8:30 am – 4 pm. Young artist to bring bagged lunch daily. Water provided.

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 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

We will begin accepting 2023 SCORE! applications in February of 2023.

Brought to you with support from:

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The SCORE! program is brought to you with support from Indiana Arts Commission, Lincoln Financial Foundation, Psi Iota Xi, the Updike Family Fund (given in memory of Max and Jane Updike) and The James Foundation. Additional support provided in loving memory of Gloria E. Baker, the Dr. Louis and Anne B. Schneider Foundation and PNC Charitable Trusts.

Check out what happened during SCORE 2022!

Mentor Bios


Todd Espeland is the Executive/Artistic Director of the Fort Wayne Youtheatre. He is the former Artistic Director of Commedia Zuppa Mask Company, The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre and 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, and at many regional theatres, colleges, universities and toured original works of theatre nationally and internationally including his award winning Theatre for Young Audiences mask show BOXHEAD. 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.


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.  Before coming to Youtheatre, Murphy spent twenty-two years as the Theatre Director at his alma mater, Blackhawk Middle School, from 1993- 2015. In addition, 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. He has worked extensively in the orchestral world, producing, writing, directing and often hosting shows for the Fort Wayne Philharmonic’s Masterworks, Family and Pops series.  Murphy is a proud resident of Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he lives with the finest terrier known to man, Herbie.


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. Her favorite role will always be Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz because Dorothy reminds us to appreciate our loved ones and the place we get to call home.


Ben Wedler is a long time music director for many theatres and projects around Fort Wayne. Ben has music directed the last two performances of Charlie Brown Christmas and Frozen Jr. for the Fort Wayne Youtheatre. 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 has been seen on stage at the Civic in Into the Woods, Once Upon a Mattress, Shadowlands, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Christmas Story and in his Anthony Award winning role as Horton the Elephant in Seussical In 2009, he music directed and performed with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra in a production of Camelot.  He is on the board of directors at Arena Dinner Theatre. By day he is the music and liturgy director for St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church. Ben couldn’t do any of this without the help of his wife Leah and children Evelyn and Henry.


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. His teaching and research interests include Stanislavski, Meisner and Chekhov; the Linklater Technique; and Suzuki, Viewpoints, Boal and Margolis Method. 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. He regularly travels to Italy working with a variety of international artists.


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).