USF Jesters accepting registrations for 2017-2018

August 23, 2017

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The Jesters of the University of Saint Francis is accepting registrations for 2017-2018 from people ages 6 and older with developmental disabilities. The performing arts program begins Saturday, Sept. 9 and will meet each Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon in the dance studio at the USF North Campus, 2702 Spring St., across from the main campus.  Morning activities will include dance/movement, theatre, storytelling, puppetry, percussion and music (instrumental and voice). Children and adults are welcome to attend the morning session for a fee of $75. Afternoon sessions in visual arts, choir, dance and improvisational theatre will be offered from 12:00-2:00 for an additional $25. Only adults enrolled in the morning program are eligible to attend the afternoon classes.

The Jesters will meet Saturdays from Sept. 9 to Dec. 9, except for Sept. Dec. 16, 23, 30 and Jan. 6. After the holidays, the performing arts program will resume January 13 and will continue meeting Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., through March 10. The spring 2018 performance will be Saturday, March 10 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, March 11 at 3 p.m. at the North Campus auditorium.

Those interested can contact Molly McGowan in the School of Creative Arts at or (260) 399-7700, ext. 8001 to request registration forms. For more information, contact director Allison Ballard at or (260) 750-4838. Registrations will be accepted through Saturday, Sept. 30.

The Jesters program is made possible by the AWS Foundation, the ME Raker Foundation, the support of the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Sponsored by the University of Saint Francis since 1978, the Jesters is a performing group of people with mild to severe developmental disabilities. The Jesters program is supported in part by the AWS Foundation with support from Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, the Indiana Arts Commission and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Founded in 1890 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, the University of Saint Francis offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, USF designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. In 2016, the University of Saint Francis expanded its presence to downtown Fort Wayne. USF Downtown houses the university’s business and music technology programs while offering enhanced internship and networking opportunities for students. The University of Saint Francis campus experience includes 16 athletic programs boasting two individual and three team NAIA national championships, and is recognized as an NAIA Five-Star Champion of Character institution. Approximately 2,200 students from a broad geographic region attend USF.