Trollwood Performing Arts School provides high quality arts education, exceptional community entertainment, and operates as a community events and exposition center.

Trollwood Performing Arts School, a program of Fargo Public Schools, serves as the managing arm for Bluestem Center for the Arts, large circular room filled with white tablesa world-class facility headquartered in Moorhead, Minnesota. The campus includes river views, grassy meadows, woods, and wildlife. The facilities are comprised of outdoor stages, a 2,500-seat amphitheater, and the beautiful Marcil Commons, which serves as the Trollwood headquarters, an educational center, and a rental space. It boasts warm knotty pine rooms and beautiful park views.

Bluestem Center for the Arts hosts many programs that inspire a love for arts in people of all ages. The facility is used for school arts curriculum and activities, including the 12 programs offered by Trollwood Performing Arts School. Bluestem also serves as a space for public performances, exhibitions, community festivals, corporate retreats, conferences, weddings, and other private rental opportunities. Since opening, thousands of patrons and students have enjoyed these opportunities.

Trollwood Performing Arts School intentionally incorporates the outdoors into curriculum. Many of our programs are summer based, and we understand the importance of allowing youth to enjoy the season.

Bluestem Center for the Arts is an exciting collaboration between Fargo Public Schools and the city of Moorhead, serving as a testament to our region’s commitment to the arts. The center opened in 2009 thanks to generous support of the entire community.

TROLLWOOD PERFORMING ARTS SCHOOL’S HISTORY OF SERVICE TO YOUTH THROUGH ARTS EDUCATION HAS BEEN ACKNOWLEDGED WITH SEVERAL PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS:

  • United Nation’s Peace Messenger Award, 1991
  • President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, Coming Up Taller Award, 2002. Trollwood was one of only 11 orgaizations across the nation to be chosen for their outstanding youth arts programs
  • Governor’s Award for the Arts, 2003, awarded by North Dakota Governor John Hoeven in honor of Trollwood’s long-standing commitment to excellence in arts education and community entertainment
  • Lake Agassiz Arts Council’s Arts Education Advocate Award, 2007
  • Certificate of Excellence for Superior Performance and Leadership by Impact Foundation through Dakota Medical Foundation, 2008
  • Fargo-Moorhead Chamber of Commerce Chamber Choice Small Non-Profit of the Year Finalist, 2008
  • Fargo-Moorhead Convention & Visitors Bureau “Countrypolitan Award” for creating the new 4-season campus to promote tourism in the Fargo-Moorhead area, 2009
  • Metro Area Mayors’ Committee for People with Disabilities “Universal Access Award” for meeting the minimum requirements set by the ADA and made additional architectural designs that have increased the accessibility for people with disabilities, 2009
  • North Dakota Parent-Teacher Association Friend of the Child Award, 2011
  • American Advertising Federation-North Dakota
  • “Best of the Valley” and “Best Live Entertainment Venue” from Fargo Forum’s Best Annual Non-Sporting Event for 5 years running
  • “Best Large Music Venue” 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 from High Plains Reader
  • Award of Excellence from NSPRA Publications & Digital Media Awards, 2021, 2022
  • “Best Live Entertainment Spot” from Fargo Forum’s Best of the Red River Valley 2022, 2023

Trollwood Performing Arts School has maintained a high standard of excellence in all its programs since 1978 as a result of the level of commitment to serve youth exhibited by the leaders of the organization. These Trollwood leaders are community members, educators, business owners, and parents dedicated to offering quality education opportunities to our youth through the arts. We thank them for their service.

Our heartfelt appreciation to the Fargo Board of Education and Fargo Public Schools leaders, for their support of our growth and development.

  • Dr. Rupak Gandhi, Superintendent
  • Dr. Robert Grosz, Associate Superintendent
  • Melissa Eidsness, Associate Superintendent
  • Jackie Gapp, Business Manager
  • Dr. Jeff McCanna, Human Capital Officer
  • AnnMarie Campbell, Communications Officer
  • Tara Brandner, General Counsel
  • Bill Westrick, Strategy and Innovation Officer
  • Melissa Burkland, President
  • Seth Holden, Vice President
  • Katie Christensen
  • Greg Clark
  • Nyamal Dei
  • Nikkie Gullickson
  • Jim Johnson
  • Robin Nelson
  • Dr. Tracie Newman

A special thank you to the Moorhead City Council for their partnership in hosting the home of Trollwood Performing Arts School.

  • Mayor Shelly Carlson
  • Laura Caroon
  • Matthew Gilbertson
  • Chuck Hendrickson
  • Steve Lindaas
  • Ryan Nelson
  • Heather Nesemeier
  • Larry Seljevold
  • Deb White

In addition to the participation of thousands, it takes love, commitment, materials, and money to keep Trollwood going and growing each year. Gate receipts and contributions comprise approximately 50% of our annual operating budget. Your financial and in-kind contributions allow us to provide unique youth development programs and high quality entertainment for our community. Now is the time to join hundreds of others in the all-important role of being a Trollwood supporter.

Make your individual contribution today!

Listed below are those individuals, companies and organizations who have generously supported Trollwood Performing Arts School. Their encouragement and financial support make dreams come true for our youth and provide numerous arts opportunities for people in the region. This list reflects gifts received between January 1, 2022 and June 21, 2023.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bright Star

Bell Bank

Angel

Fargo-Moorhead Sertoma Club

FriendlySky

Scheels All Sports Foundation

Julie Snortland

Angel in-kind

Corwin Automotive Group

Luminary

Coca Cola Bottling Company – High Country

Forum Communication Co.

Funding through the Cities of Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo through The Arts Partnership

Luminary Inkind

Fargo Public Schools Development Foundation

Forum Communications Co.

Hornbacher’s Foods

Imagineer

Dawn Dexter in memory of
Fran Dexter

FM Area Foundation/Community Grant Round

Charles Bailley Memorial Endowment Fund

Bob Gerke

Jill & Gary Inman

Fargo Kiwanis Club

West Acres Development Company

Xcel Energy Foundation

Imagineer In-kind

West Acres Development Company

Dreammaker

Elmer & Kaya Berg Foundation No.2

Katie & Craig Brye

Dr. Rick & Janette Buresh

Center for Plastic Surgery/Alissa Adams

William & Anna Jane Schlossman Fund as Recommended by Brad & Carol Schlossman

Sara & Eric Gjerdevig

Michelle Radke-Hella & Brent Hella

Tara & Neil Iversen

Nancy & Neil Jordheim Endowment Fund

Jennifer & John Melland

Laura & Austin Morris

LuAnn & Mike Quaschnick

Kenneth Scherber in memory of
Kit Scherber

Angela & Brian Schulz

Shanon Sell

Shiloh Lodge No 1 AF & AM/ND Masonic Foundation, Inc.

Stephen Silletto

Justin & Stephen Spellman

The Matthew Thibedeau
Memorial Fund

Cindy and Vern Thompson

Harris Widmer

Jean Zimmerman

Dreammaker In-kind

David Coons/ASI Professional Associates

Jeff’s Plumbing

Mistees Screen Printing & Graphics

Minnesota Public Radio

Prairie Property Management

Visionary

Jim & Kathy Anderson

Diane & Michael Brock

Vicki Chepulis in memory of Warren Gullickson

Gail Dexter

Felhaber Larson in memory of Warren Gullickson

Myndi & Mark Frey

Corey & Whitney Henry

Rachel & Ted Horan

Industrial Builders Inc

Robin Melcher in honor of Avery Moxness

Carly Nelson

Amy & Jim Parker in honor of Kensey Knight

Sharla Richards

Olivia Snortland

Kia & Carl Trout

Jessica Westgard Larson & Dave Larson

Anonymous in memory of Vickie Ingebretson

Visionary Inkind

Blackbird Woodfire

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham

Wimmers Diamonds

Patron

Rebecca Barry

The Barry Foundation/Horace HS PaY Club

Christopher Bohnet

Deborah & Joel Davy

Eide Bailly Team

Kathleen Glaser in honor of Nancy & Mark Glaser Family

J. J. Gordon

Katherine & Joseph Halvorson

Caryn Jo Hewitt in honor of Her Kids and Grandkids

Michal & Charles Lang

Lorraine & Keith Langseth

Amanda, Dana, & Hannah Martens

Kendra & Jacob Maurer

Jennifer & Eric Momsen

Moorhead Vikingland Kiwanis

Denese & Ron Odegaard in honor of Warren Gullickson

Nancy & Robert Odney

Danielle & Kyle Oetker

Rennitta & Gene Okerlund

Melissa Schwengler in honor of Zachary Schwengler

Ellen & Rodney Shafer

Barbara Siletto Hoch

Emily Williams

Supporter

Jaime & Michael Aasen in honor of Drake Aasen

Dr. Burton & Patricia Belknap

Janet Berg

Janelle & Steve Berge

Kathleen Bergseth

Maxine Beseler in honor of Jack, Milo & Linus Beseler Thompson

Peggy & Don Bierdeman

The Jay Bock Memorial Fund

Jodee Bock at Bock’s Office

Regina Bohnet

Eloise & Amie Breikjern

Erika & Steve Briggs

Jo & Birch Burdick

Janet & James Kapitan

Karen Charlson in memory of Warren Gullickson

Jodi & Ryan Christiansen

The Paul Diederich Endowment Fund

Kim & Devin Droog

Carolyn & Tom Espel

Lisa & Kenneth Farnham

Amy Beaton & David Fenelon

Carly & Christopher Gaddie

Laura & Nick Gariano in honor of Tyler Hoverson

Nancy & Mark Glaser in honor of Dan & Ginny Glaser

Heidi & Jeremy Gregoire in honor of Martan Gregoire

Anna & Marc Grothmann

Sheila Gullickson in memory of Warren Gullickson

Beth & Robert Haseltine in honor of Bailey, Betsy, & Ezra Krusen

High Point Networks/Tom McDougall

Lauren & Rick Hildebrand in memory of Warren Gullickson

Stephanie Hoff

Cherish & Ryan Hoffman

Larry Holmstrom

Carol & Kenneth Hopp

Deb Hoss

Wilhelmine & Arland Jacobson

Arin & Bruce Johnson

J Johnson

The Johnson’s in memory of
Helen Johnson

Brian & Jackie Jones in honor of Lily Jones

Carrie Kienenberger

Maria Weller & Kurt Kooyer

John Kringler

Carol Ladwig

Kathy Leingang

The Lunde’s in memory of
Warren Gullickson

Laura & Cory Marcuson in memory of Hyllari Marcuson

John Marks in memory of
Warren Gullickson

Julie Martin in honor of
Kyle Tekautz

Rachelle & Jonathan Martin

Emily & Colin May

Margo & James McCulley

Heidi & James Meline

Paul Meyers in memory of
Ted M. Larson

Lori & Dean Mittag

Linda & Wayne Monge

Carolyn & John Monzingo

Colleen Moriarty

Kristi Morrison

The Morrissey’s in memory of Warren Gullickson

Tuyet Tram Nguyen

Laura and Steve O’Rourke

Martha & Michael Olsen

Audrey & Ardell Olson

Jay Puppe

Paulette & William Rastedt

The Richardson’s

Paula & Eugene Roach

Adam Thiel Roder in memory of Matt Thibedeau

Alpha & Bill Roeszler

Mary & Donald Roos

Gina Sandgren

Glen & Tena Scharmer in honor of Macy Scharmer – Trollwood Alum 2019-2021

The Schulz’s in celebration of artists & creators

Jackie & Jim Shaw in honor of Jenny & Natalie Shaw

Michelle & Steve Skoblik

Mary & Shawn Skrove in honor of Grant Skrove

Sandy Thiel in honor of
Wayne Kischer

Mae & Stephen Tinguely

Kati & Chad Ulven

Blake & Kathleen Vander Vorst

Bette & Paul R. Vandersteen

Rachel & Michael Weber

Sydney Wurzer

Susan Farkas & Joshua Wynne

Kathleen Yanish in memory of Robert (Bob) Yanish

The Zech’s in memory of
Warren Gullickson

Contributor

Eileen Anderson

Jessica Anderson

Kayla Anderson

Kelly Anderson

Nathan Argall

Cindy Bailey

Becky Bakke

Kyle Bartram

Linda & Donald Bartsch

Patricia Beck

Sara & Scott Bleth

Lori & Richard Bloomberg in memory of Bill Daul

Karen & Paul Borstad

Cherryl Braton

Kendall Brekken

The Bristol’s

Susan & Richard Brudvik

Tamara & Todd Bucholz

Pamela & Michael Burns

Lisa & Gregg Campbell

Kasey & Wade Carlin

Kirstin & Todd Carlson

Kayla & Brett Christensen

Dallas Christiansen

Sarah & Brian Christopherson

Carrie & Tom Clemens in honor of Carolyn Solberg

Crystal & Jeff Cossette Knight

Terri & Gordon Court

Kelly & David Creighton

Virginia & Robert Dambach

Kathryn & Daniel Damico

Ramona Danielson

Kerri Spiering & John Davies

Rachele Davis

Joan & Dan Degerness

Dayna Del Val

Kevin & Lora Elfstrum

Emerging Prairie

Lisa Faiman

Lisbeth & Jim Fandrich

Lisa & Kenneth Farnham in memory of Warren Gullickson

The Fellman’s in memory of Warren Gullickson

Marcene & Erwin Fendt in honor of Susan Jordahl

Jake Ferguson

Cindy & Rick Fischer

Betsy & Jeff Fowler

Tom Froning

The Gersema’s in memory of Warren Gullickson

Amanda & Jason Gette in honor of Madison Gette

Pam & Jason Gibb

Rachel & Richard Gladue

Justin Grams

The Gruchalla’s in memory of Warren Gullickson

Dawn & Lee Gunderson

Erika Haakenson

Jodi & Glen Haekenkamp

The Hansen’s

Cheryl & Larry Hegvik

Maggy & Todd Henderson in honor of Grace Henderson

The Hendrick’s in memory of Warren Gullickson

High Point Networks/Heather Dybing

Amy & Todd Hirsch

Jodi Holper

Becky & Ron Holten

Julie Hudson

Sharon & James Hurley

Renae Ingersoll

June & Roger Johnson

Susan & Dan Kadrmas

Anja & Drew Kalvoda in honor of Kalvoda Kids

Anne & Kevin Kidder in honor of Grace Kidder

Diane Kjelstrup

Sharon & Steve Kleeman

Deloris Knight

Jennifer, Jason, & Keagen Kratcha

Keagen Kratcha

Roberta Krenz

Beth & Fred Krietzman in memory of Warren Gullickson

Erin Kub

The Laab’s

Tracy & Mike LaMont

Julie & Rick Laufenberg

Kristi & Charles Livdahl

Dorothy Lohman

Karen & Gary Mailloux

Bess Manesis in memory of
Jay Bock

Lusi Marin

Angela & Michael Mathers

The McGrane’s in memory of Warren Gullickson

Ivan Miller in memory of
Hope Miller

Steve & Bobbi Miller

Susan & Mike Morken

Justin Nelson

Mary M Nelson

The Nelson’s in memory of Warren Gullickson

The Nelson’s in memory of Warren Gullickson

Yvonne & Steven Norgren

Julie Norman

Amanda Ohlsen

Julie Olek

Allie Ollenburger

Mary Olson

Mary & Chris Olson

Michael Olson

Maren & Thomas Ortmeier

Sara Owens Granger in honor of Erin Granger

The Paetznick’s in memory of Marcus Speidel

Jake Paper

The Perius’s in memory of
Warren Gullickson

Anne Prischmann in memory of Warren Gullickson

Lois Ann Ramlo

Karin & Joe Rudd

Evelyn Rutten

Kimberly Sattler

Nem Schlecht

Crystal Schmidt

The Schultz’s in memory of
Warren Gullickson

Marijo Schwengler

Gary & Sharon Secor

Jackie & Jim Shaw

Linda Skalet

Mary & Shawn Skrove

Lee Smith

Lara & Mark Sorgaard in memory of Warren Gullickson

Kerri Spiering

Michelle Swanson

Norma & James Swanson

Jennifer & Blair Thoreson in honor of Christian Thoreson

Laura & Marlin Thoreson

Sandy Thorne

Mary Thrond

Lisa Undem in memory of
Jerry Myrold

The Uruh’s in memory of
Warren Gullickson

Brenda & Chad Vertin

Steven Vitalis

Joshua Voytek in memory of Timothy Voytek

Jasen Walker

Christine & Jeremy Welsand

Scott Winkler

KATHY ANDERSON

Executive Director

Kathy Anderson has an extensive background in Arts Management spanning over 30 years. She started her career as a Music Industry student at Minnesota State University Moorhead, where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree and began her arts management career as an intern at Trollwood. Kathy has held numerous management positions in both non-profit and for-profit industries.

Since 2009, Kathy has been leading Trollwood Performing Arts School, where she has expanded its educational offerings by establishing programs such as the Trollwood Conservatory, Totally Trollwood Academy, and the Trollwood Children’s Theatre. In 1997, Kathy was instrumental in launching the nationally recognized STudents At Risk (STAR) program for Trollwood. Kathy has served as a producer for various Trollwood Mainstage Musical productions, including Singin’ in the Rain (2023), Cinderella (2021), Freaky Friday (2019), Hello, Dolly! (2018), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (2017), Disney’s The Little Mermaid (2016), Disney’s Mary Poppins (2015), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (2014), Shrek (2013), Legally Blonde (2012), The Music Man (2011), and Anything Goes (2010).

In 2012, Kathy was tasked to take on a larger role at Trollwood, where she oversees the management and programming of the venue known as Bluestem Center for the Arts. She also oversees all aspects of fundraising and development for the organization. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director for the Cass County Historical Society and Bonanzaville USA (1997-1999), where she directed a major renovation and secured funding for the development of the Lucien Barnes Pavilion at Bonanzaville. Kathy also worked for Microsoft (2000-2005) as a Technical Support Engineer and Technical Lead for the accounting package Great Plains before returning to Trollwood as the Director of Administration in 2005.

Aside from her professional arts management career, Kathy has a passion for music and enjoys writing and performing her own songs as a singer/songwriter. She cherishes spending quality time with her husband, Jim, and daughter, Jessica.


MICHAEL WALLING

Artistic Director

Michael Walling is a nationally known New York City-based stage director and arts educator. Michael has been the resident guest director for Trollwood since 1992 and is currently the Artistic Director for the Mainstage Musical. Cinderella will mark the 30th stage production Michael has directed for Trollwood. This year the Arts Partnership is recognizing Michael’s artistic investment in TPAS and the Fargo-Moorhead area with the 2021 Outstanding Artist Award in the FM metro.

Michael was the Artistic Director of the Pit and Balcony Theatre Company in Michigan, directing 24 stage productions. He’s also served as Artistic Director for Fort Peck Theatre in Montana, directing and producing over 15 productions. For the last three decades, Mr. Walling has been a frequent Guest Artist/Lecturer on the regional theatre and university stage. Teaching masterclasses in stage directing and audition technique. Michael was a founding member of the Directors Company in the prestigious Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Throughout 1992-2000, Michael directed numerous projects for the writing program.

As Artistic Director of the Mainstage Musical, Michael continues to lead a national artistic team to produce high-quality professional theatre while inspiring thousands of our local students through the discipline of arts education. Because of Michael’s continuous dedication to our community, it was announced in 2001 by the mayor of Fargo that from this day on, July 18th would officially be “Michael Walling Day” in Fargo ND.

Michael’s Trollwood directing credits include: 1992-Oklahoma, 1993-Anything Goes, 1994-Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 1995-West Side Story, 1996-Guys and Dolls, 1997-A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, 1998-42nd Street, 1999-Jesus Christ Superstar, 2000-Damn Yankees, 2001-Crazy for You, 2002-Footloose, 2003-Les Misérables, 2004-Kiss Me, Kate, 2005-Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, 2006-Fiddler on the Roof, 2007-Thoroughly Modern Millie, 2008-Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 2009-The Wiz, 2010-Anything Goes, 2011-The Music Man, 2012-Legally Blonde The Musical, 2013-Shrek The Musical, 2014-How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, 2015-Mary Poppins, 2016-Disney’s The Little Mermaid, 2017-Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, 2018-Hello, Dolly!, in 2019-Freaky Friday, and Cinderella-2021.


NANCY GLASER

Program Coordinator

Nancy has been involved with Trollwood as a volunteer and parent since 2003. She started her role on the Trollwood staff in January 2008 as the Events and Volunteer Services Coordinator. In the fall of 2009, Nancy took on the role of Program and Volunteer Services Coordinator for Trollwood. In her new capacity, Nancy continues coordinating all volunteer efforts and also oversees the youth arts programs of Trollwood including coordinating all aspects of the Trollwood Academy, Totally Trollwood Academy, Totally Trollwood Musical, Trollwood Conservatory, Trollwood Children’s Theatre, ArtSpark, the STAR program, and the Trollwood Student Leadership program. Nancy is responsible for developing curriculum, as well as hiring and managing the faculty for all of these key Trollwood programs. The parts of her job she enjoys the most include working with all of the wonderful students and volunteers that make up the Trollwood family. Her previous employment was with the Muscular Dystrophy Association where she served as Health Care Service Coordinator, running the MDA Clinic and Summer Camp programs. Prior to being employed by Trollwood, Nancy spent numerous hours volunteering for the organization. She served as the volunteer Ambassador Chair, assisted with poster distribution, Sun Celebration, Tech Week meals, mic wiring, concessions, set construction, the holiday card mailing, and more. Her love of theatre began at Fargo North High School where she performed in several shows. During college, she was a member of the North Dakota Repertory Theatre and also performed in shows at NDSU and at FMCT.


ANDY SEGAL

Technical Coordinator

Andrew Segal is the Technical Coordinator for the Fargo School District theaters. He moved here from Colorado in 2022 to be the Technical Director for Totally Trollwood and Trollwood Children’s Theatre. He oversees the Bluestem Stage, Fargo North, South, and Davies High School Technical Directors and the middle school theaters. Prior to his arrival to the area, he was the Technical Director for Windsor High School and University Schools in Colorado. He also taught Middle School Stem and Math. He has been involved with theater since the early 1980’s as an actor, director, teacher, theater manager, and technical director. As an entrepreneur he was the Creative Director for a theater school he created to provide additional theater training for students ages 6-18. His passion is Shakespeare, in fact, he directed a middle school production of Romeo and Juliet at Trollwood, on the old barn stage back in 1993, after one of the many Fargo floods tried to wipe out Trollwood park. Andrew is glad to be back in the area, despite the freezing temperatures, with his dog Lucy. He looks forward to the schools reaching new theatrical heights, and summers of fantastic productions on the Bluestem Stage.


DAVID TRIPTOW

Operations & Rentals Manager

Raised in Fargo, North Dakota, David is no stranger to Trollwood Performing Arts School. His role as Operations and Rentals Manager is grounded by his own experience as an alum of the program. During his time as a student, he fully immersed himself in classes and performed in five Mainstage Musical productions from 2005-2009. These experiences have instilled in David the importance of providing young artists with a supportive environment to learn and grow and to give back to a community that had given him so much in his formative years.

With a diverse background in the performing arts industry as well as being a dedicated yoga teacher, David has had the opportunity to travel the country; recognizing how important it is to help others find joy and meaning in their lives. He believes in using his talents, skills, and his love of service to contribute to the greater good of this community.

As the Operations and Rentals Manager, David upholds Trollwood’s belief in the transformative power of the arts. He approaches his work with enthusiasm and deep respect for others, believing that how you approach one thing is how you approach everything. David is dedicated to ensuring that Trollwood continues to greatly transform people’s lives and open doors to the greatness that lies within them and others. Whether he is booking events, collaborating with staff and community members, or inspiring others, David brings a passion for building community to his work.


TYLER BROWN

Graphic & Web Designer

Tyler is an artist-designer in Fargo-Moorhead with a passion for visual storytelling. He’s the graphic & web designer for Fargo Public Schools (FPS) and spends his days creating visuals and managing websites throughout the district. Before joining FPS, he worked with web developers and advertising agencies around the Red River Valley and holds a Master of Art + Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Art, and Bachelor of Science in Design Technology. He spends his time away from work experiencing the joys of life with his wife, two boys, and crazy dog. You might also catch him sketching ideas for personal art projects, exhibiting at comic book conventions, or intently studying cartoons and comics.


ADAM WATTS

Communications Specialist

Adam Watts is a writer and communicator with about a decade of experience in the newspaper industry before entering his role as the communications specialist for Fargo Public Schools and Trollwood in the fall of 2021. He manages the social media accounts for both FPS and Trollwood, writes press releases for major events, and produces the weekly SchoolTalk e-Newsletters every week for the school district during the school year and the Trollwood Weekly newsletter every week at Trollwood during the summer. Adam has a degree in multimedia communication from Minnesota State University Moorhead. He was a sports reporter, news reporter, and page designer in multiple stints at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minn., and the sports editor at the Winona Daily News in Winona Minn. Adam has a lifelong passion for theatre and grew up attending Trollwood’s Mainstage Musical every summer, so it is a thrill to be working at a place that has brought so much joy to his life. His first memory of seeing a musical on stage was Trollwood’s 1994 production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat when he was three years old, and he’s been a huge fan of that show and the theatre ever since. He performed in numerous high school productions at West Fargo High School, but has spared the community from having to watch him on stage since then.

The mission of Trollwood Performing Arts School is simple, “…to inspire those we serve through the arts to realize their full potential and be a positive influence in the global community.”

Trollwood believes that the arts have the power to transform people’s lives — to open them to the greatness that lies within them and in others.

Our primary goal is to develop and deliver the highest standard of performing arts education, which provides young people with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in future endeavors.

Underlying this performing arts curriculum is a commitment to instill lifeskills: confidence, creativity, communication skills, collaboration skills, citizenship and character.

In the course of serving young people, Trollwood realizes a second goal of providing high quality entertainment. Hundreds of thousands of people have enjoyed performances by Trollwood Performing Arts School since its inception.

In order to accomplish this mission, Trollwood Performing Arts School:

  • Provides intense, quality learning and performing opportunities in the production and performing arts.
  • Provides an atmosphere where young people are encouraged to set goals, take risks and view mistakes as an avenue for learning.
  • Surrounds students with a staff of professional artists who serve as mentors and teachers, encouraging our students to commit to a high level of self-expectation.
  • Creates an awareness that the arts are a constructive vehicle of personal expression.
  • Demonstrates to the public the high level of performing and production arts skills that the students are capable of achieving when given proper training.