First Presbyterian Church in Fort Wayne announced Oct. 14 that Fort Wayne native Todd Sandman-Cruz has accepted the position of director of Fine & Performing Arts. His selection followed a nationwide search.

Sandman-Cruz attended St. Charles Borromeo Elementary School and Bishop Dwenger High School and graduated from Ball State University with a bachelor’s degree in theatre. He was accepted into the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he received his Master of Fine Arts in Acting.

After several years of working in both Seattle and then Los Angeles, Sandman-Cruz moved back to Muncie where he was an associate professor of theatre at Ball State and coached senior acting students for their LA Showcase, before accepting the position of executive/artistic director for the Muncie Civic Theatre.

With the assistance of the board of directors and staff, Sandman-Cruz was able to lead the theater to financial recovery, and before his departure in 2015, was halfway through a $2.5 million campaign to restore the historic theater’s home in the Boyce Block Building. During Sandman-Cruz’s tenure at Muncie Civic Theatre he produced more than 14 shows a year — almost 100 shows in his seven years, and acted in and directed many more shows.

In a news release, First Presbyterian Church said Sandman-Cruz and his husband Robert “are looking forward to returning to Fort Wayne, taking part in, collaborating with the growing arts scene, and taking the wonderful First Presbyterian Theater to new levels of greatness.”

Visit firstpresfortwayne.org/theater to buy tickets for the show’s 2021-22 season.

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