USF Jesters accepting registrations for 2019-20 season

August 8, 2019

FORT WAYNE, Ind. ā€“ The Jesters of the University of Saint Francis performing arts program is open for registration for the 2019-20 season.

The program is available to people 8 and older with developmental disabilities and features a wide range of artistic activities. The program runs from Sept. 7 to March 7 and will meet from 10 a.m. to noon most Saturdays at the USF North Campus, 2702 Spring St. Cost is $75 for adults and children. There is another session for an additional $25 from 1-2 p.m. Saturdays for adults enrolled in the morning session.

Morning activities include dance/movement, theater, storytelling, puppetry, percussion and music (instrumental and voice). Afternoon sessions include visual arts, choir, dance and theater.

The Jestersā€™ spring 2020 performances will be 6 p.m. Saturday, March 7 and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 8 in the North Campus auditorium.

Registrations will be accepted through Saturday, Sept. 28. For a registration form, please call Molly McGowan in the School of Creative Arts at 260-399-7700, ext. 8001, or email For further information, email Jesters Director Allison Ballard at

The Jesters will not meet on Sept. 28 and Nov. 30, and will have a holiday break on Dec. 14, 21 and 28 and Jan. 4.

Sponsored by the University of Saint Francis since 1978, the Jesters is a performing group of people with developmental disabilities. The Jesters program is made possible by the AWS Foundation, the M.E. Raker Foundation, Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, the James Foundation, the Indiana Arts Commission, Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, and 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. 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 18 athletic programs boasting two individual and four 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.