Fort Wayne Youtheatre
SCORE! is a devised, mentor-led theater workshop with music held every July for 3 weeks. In 2022, we continue our partnership with the Fort Wayne Youtheatre to grow and strengthen our education programming and build upon our relationship with Youtheatre.


This program is for young artists entering grades 7, 8 or 9 in fall 2022.

Check out 2021’s production below:

Brought to you with support from:

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UPDIKE FAMILY FUND (Given in Memory of Max and Jane Updike)


It’s all yours. You create the story, write the script, play the music, 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
2022 Program Date & Time: July 11-31
Early Bird Registration Fee (received in full by May 23, 2022): $450
Regular Registration Fee (received after May 23, 2022): $550

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
If interested in SCORE! 2022, please download and complete the full PDF application below (ONLINE FORM COMING SOON!). A $50 nonrefundable deposit secures your space in the program. You can email the completed application to or call the STAR Bank box office at 260.424.5665 to make the deposit.

2022 SCORE Application

Financial aid is available! Click links below for details and applications.

Embassy Financial Aid Guidelines

UPDIKE FAMILY FUND Scholarship Application

PSI IOTA XI Scholarship Application

Students will work with professionals. Here are bios for our mentors:


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.  Murphy’s work is regularly seen on stages throughout northeast Indiana, including the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre, First Presbyterian Theatre and Arena Dinner Theatre. In addition, 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. She also maintains a private vocal studio of 15 students. Alyssa is a vocal artist with Heartland Sings and loves to be involved in the local theatre scene when her schedule allows. Her favorite role will always, always, 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 different 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. Some of his favorites are And the World Goes Round, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Company, Assassins, She Loves Me, and A Little Night Music. 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 addition to acting he also music directed Rock of Ages and Sweeney Todd and also assisted directed last season’s production of 1776 at the Civic Theatre. 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. He recently created a composition course exploring different ways of creating theatre.  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. He recently attended the International Symposium for Directors in Spoleto, Italy where he worked with notable international directors and where he presented a performance and directing workshop.


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, and is currently in the process of producing her first 10 minute festival, Sunday with the Girls; An Afternoon of 10 minutes in New York. 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).

See a montage of last year’s program and meet students and instructors in the videos below:

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