College of Visual and Performing Arts

Student Successes in Theatre

Theatre students are among the most active students on the IPFW campus. In preparation for graduation, they are very involved in numerous theatrical and dance performances on campus, putting in shop hours either with the scene shop or costume shop, along with their involvement in local community and professional regional theatre.

We never run out of exciting things to report on regarding our theatre students.  If you have student success information to share, contact Susan Domer at or call 260-481-6025.

Academics: Each year, approximately 24% of VPA students make the dean’s list (3.5 GPA or higher), and six attained a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA in 2005-06. 

Student Successes: Theatre students prove their talent through their successes in academics, performance and research. Click on a recent semester to find out more about theatre student successes.


Thompson Top Student Employee

National Student Employment Week culminated last week and Carly Thompson, lead peer educator in the Center for Healthy Living, was the recipient of the Undergraduate Student Employee of the Year Award. Thompson will graduate with a B.A. in theatre in May and also has worked for the Department of Theatre and the Office of the Dean of Visual and Performing Arts.


Recent graduate Kearstyn Keller (’13, theatre) was accepted into the Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts program at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. During the academic year, the School of Theatre and Dance mounts approximately15 productions of varying scope and complexity on three separate stages. A select group of students each year are selected to study for a month at the famed Moscow Art Theatre School.


The Fort Wayne Youtheatre Sarah Shroyer-Smith Scholarship for 2012-13 was awarded to IPFW theatre major Halee Bandt. Sarah Shroyer-Smith was a teacher who volunteered with Youtheatre for 55 years, serving as both board president and treasurer. Shroyer-Smith endowed a $1,000 scholarship for former Youtheatre students pursuing theatre arts in post secondary school. Bandt debuted on the Youtheatre stage 17 years ago playing the Caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland. Her other Youtheatre credits include Grease, High School Musical, and Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Bandt is now serving as a classroom and production assistant for their 2012-13 seasons.  

Theatre major Amber Klinker the summer of 2012 working as a costume sempstress for the Theater at Monmouth in Monmouth, Maine. Her job included patterning, hat construction, cutting and alterations among other duties. Monmouth’s summer productions included Moliere's Tartuffe, Shakespeare's Henry IV Part 1, Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams.