USF Jesters Presents Second City Theatre Chicago for Guest Artist Residency

August 23, 2017

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The Jesters of the University of Saint Francis is presenting Second City Theatre Chicago (SCTC) for a guest artist residency October 5-7, 2017. Based on the work of Viola Spolin, Second City has established itself as the world’s leading school of improvisation and has developed an adaptive program for people with developmental disabilities. The Fort Wayne residency will feature workshops for community professionals, students and people with intellectual/developmental disabilities who are participating in the 2017-2018 Jesters performing arts program. All SCTC activities will be held at the University of Saint Francis North Campus Auditorium, 2702 Spring Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana. The schedule and agenda will include:

  • Opening Keynote Session: Thursday, Oct. 5, 7-8:30 p.m.
    • Intro to SCTC and SCTC’s Wellness Programs
    • Improv Games & Discussion: (to include three improv games and discussion
    • Questions & Answers
  • Workshop for Students, Friday, Oct. 6, 3-5 p.m.
  • Workshop for Community Professionals, Friday, Oct. 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Workshop for Jester participants, Saturday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

To register, please contact Molly McGowan in the School of Creative Arts at or (260) 399-7700, ext. 8001. For more information, you may reach Jester Director Allison Ballard at or (260) 750-4838.

This guest artist residency is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The Jesters program also receives funding in part from the AWS Foundation, the ME Raker Foundation and the Indiana Arts Commission. Founded in 1978, the Jesters’ mission is to engage individuals with disabilities in the creative arts to enhance their quality of life. The vision is to develop self-expression, self-esteem, socialization and other life skills while providing learning opportunities to the USF community and the community at large.

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.