More than 3,900 people filled the Arts United Center to enjoy seven performances of the recent production of Oliver! This highly successful collaboration between the IPFW Department of Theatre and Fort Wayne Youtheatre provided exceptional experiences for the younger Youtheatre students, some considering studying theatre in college, and for the IPFW theatre majors who took on mentoring roles and worked in a theatrical load-in, load-out environment many will experience in regional theatre. According to Susan Burns, theatrical reviewer for Whatz Up, "The honor [of driving this production] goes to the ensemble of youngsters and energetic actors who carry every moment...not because there are so many of them - it's a cast of 50 - but because they are so well rehearsed, so in tune with each other, so ready to connect with the audience."
Laurel Campbell, assistant professor and director of art education at IPFW will be a featured speaker at the Foundation for Art and Education (FAME) Multicultural Teachers Workshop on March 13, 2013, at Sweetwater Sound. Campbell will be speaking on "Cultural Sensitivity in Art Education," which will address curricular decisions based on cultural awareness in the art classroom. Other visiting artists presenting at the FAME workshop will include Gamelan Sekar Jaya, a Balinese gamelan ensemble based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and paper cutting artist and fine arts instructor Janice Furtner. To register for this workshop visit
Emma McCarron ('12, graphic design) has been hired as a graphic designer at LaBov & Beyond Advertising, Marketing and Training. McCarron won first place in graphic design and excellence during the Visual Communication and Design B.F.A. Exhibition in Fall 2012.
Freshman vocal performance
major Jonathan Casey was a featured soloist with the Bach Collegium of Fort Wayne during their Baroque Festival on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Casey sang the role of Judas and Aria Soloist in Bach's St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244) under the artistic direction of Dr. Daniel Reuning. Casey is a student of Mark Stachofsky, assistant faculty member with the Department of Music.
Alumna Julie Wall Toles ('09, printmaking) is opening an independent printmaking studio called Hedgehog Press. Located at 1136 Columbia Avenue in Fort Wayne, Hedgehog Press is an independent fine art print shop offering multiple services for artists seeking the tools to work in the field of printmaking and for potential students. For a weekly, monthly or yearly fee artists are given the opportunity to create their own prints with the equipment housed in the shop. Workshops and classes also will be given to children and adults. Hedgehog Press will hold an open house on Saturday, March 30, from 5-8:00 p.m. Visit