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The Journal Gazette

Monday, March 12, 2018 1:00 am


Fort Wayne/Allen County

Youtheatre hires new director

Fort Wayne Youtheatre has named a new executive/artistic director to take over from outgoing director Leslie Hormann, who announced her retirement last June.

Todd Espeland, former artistic director of the Commedia Zuppa Mask Co. and the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, was chosen after an extensive search. He will begin June 29.

Espeland is also a graduate of Dell'Arte International. He holds a master of fine arts degree in directing from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and completed postgraduate work in mask, clown, circus techniques, physical theater and commedia dell'arte.

Espeland founded Commedia Zuppa in 1995 and served as a specialist and artist-in-residence for the Rosebud Theatre and at other regional theaters, colleges and universities.

He has toured original works nationally and internationally, including his award-winning show “Boxhead,” and also served as lead coach and director for the nonprofit Starfish Circus.

Wayne guard 9th at regional

Wayne High School's winter guard placed ninth overall at the Indiana High School Color Guard Association Regional A state semifinals Saturday. The placement wasn't high enough to advance to state competition.

Guard director Jeremy Daab wrote in an email, “They had the best run of the season, and were ranked 18th out of 52 guards in their class. I'm incredibly proud of them, and all the hard work they put in.”

Competitors Norwell and Carroll will advance to the state championship Saturday at Center Grove High School in Greenwood. Homestead's winter guard also advanced to state, although it competed in a different class.

The schedule for competition can be found at

– Journal Gazette