Jesters Schedule

Registration Info

To register, the following information must be submitted:

  • Registration Form
  • Medical Form
  • Photo Release Form
  • Scholarship Form (optional)

The fee for the Jesters program is $75 for the first participant in a family and $50 for additional participants from the same family. For those participating in the afternoon art program, there is an added fee of $25 to help cover the cost of art supplies. The afternoon visual art program is limited to 25 people on a first-come, first-serve basis. Only adult participants registered for the morning performing arts program are eligible to register for afternoon art. After the first 25 adults are registered, additional adults interested in the visual arts program will be put on a waiting list.  Art participants will be transported to the Rolland Art Building in private cars.

Scholarship applications are available  to remove barriers and continue making the program accessible to everyone.

To request mailed registration forms, call SOCA at 260.399.7700, ext. 8001.

For questions or additional information, contact Jesters Director Allison Ballard at 260.745.3107. 

Please note that participants wishing to perform in the culminating performance in March are expected to regularly attend the Jesters program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, January through March.

The Jesters program is funded in part by a grant from the AWS Foundation.

Junior Jesters

The Jesters program at USF offers Junior Jesters to children between the ages of six and 14 who have developmental or physical disabilities. Modeled after the traditional Jesters program, which serves adults with disabilities, Junior Jesters offers customized activities in dance and movement, music (instrumental and voice) and theatre, facilitated by local teaching artists.

The program meets weekly from September to March, culminating in the spring with an original multimedia performance featuring children, teen and adult participants. The Jesters and Junior Jesters programs begin in September and meet each Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon in USF’s North Campus building at 2702 Spring Street, across from the main campus.

A visual arts program is held from noon to 2 p.m. in the Mimi & Ian Rolland Art & Visual Communication Center. Participants are welcome to attend only the morning session or both the morning and afternoon sessions. Children in Junior Jesters meet separately from the teens and adults in the morning sessions, while the afternoon visual arts sessions are combined. The spring 2015 performance will be presented at the North Campus auditorium.

The program is made possible in part through funding by the AWS Foundation. Annual participation fees are $75 per participant. Scholarships are available.

Jesters Summer Program

The Jesters program at USF offers a summer performing arts program for individuals with disabilities at the USF dance studio in the back of the North Campus building. The six-week summer program includes dance and movement, stories, theatre, percussion and music (instrumental and voice) activities, and creates a template for the next year’s spring Jesters performance. Participants may have an active role in the performance if they choose, but it is not required.

The summer program is available to anyone with a disability, regardless of his or her involvement with the traditional Jesters program.