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

Trollwood 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.


  • 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

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
  • Missy Eidsness, Associate Superintendent
  • Jackie Gapp, Business Manager
  • Doug Andring, Human Resources Director
  • AnnMarie Campbell, Executive Assistant
  • Rebecca Knutson, President
  • Robin Nelson, Vice President
  • Jennifer Benson
  • Nikkie Gullickson
  • Seth Holden
  • Jim Johnson
  • Brian Nelson
  • Dr. Tracie Newman
  • David Paulson

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

  • Johnathan Judd, Mayor
  • Shelly Carlson
  • Sara Watson Curry
  • Shelly Dahlquist
  • Heidi Durand
  • Steve Gehrtz
  • Chuck Hendrickson
  • Joel Paulsen
  • 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.

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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, 2019 – September 15, 2020.

Bell Bank

Fargo-Moorhead Sertoma Club
Forum Communications Co.
North Dakota Council on the Arts

Corwin Automotive
Forum Communications Co.
Gateway Chevrolet
Hornbacher’s Foods

Coca Cola Bottling Company – High Country
Dakota Medical Foundation
FM Area Foundation
Otter Tail Corporation
Julie Snortland & Roger Hawley
The Arts Partnership and the Cities of Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo
West Acres Development Co.

Prairie Public

Fargo Public Schools Development Foundation – Innovative Education Grant
Kiwanis Club of Fargo
Xcel Energy Foundation

Dacotah Paper Company
Spotlight Media

Sarah & Dean Atchison – Atchison Companies
Lilly & Richard Berg in honor of The Elmer and Kayla Berg Foundation
Dr. Rick & Janette Buresh
Vicki Chepulis
Dawn Dexter
Carolyn & Tom Espel
FM Area Foundation – Charles Bailly Donor Advised Fund
Bob Gerke
Kari & Max Heerman
Sarah Herman
Larry Holmstrom
Rachel & Ted Horan
Impact Foundation
Industrial Builders Inc.
Jill & Gary Inman in honor of Madison Inman
Kim & George Koeck
Moorhead Rotary Club
Kit Scherber Memorial Assistantship
Angie & Brian Schulz in Celebration of the Arts in this Community
Mark Sell
Stephen Silletto
Judith & Stephen Spellman
Matthew Thibedeau Scholarship Fund

Blackbird Woodfire
Blow’s Sew & Vac
David Coons/ASI Professional Associates
Erbert and Gerbert’s
Games Galore
Microtel Moorhead
Minnesota Public Radio
Office Sign Company
Prairie Property Management
Wimmer’s Diamonds

Amy Anderson & Eric Bailly
Kathy & Jim Anderson
Thom Beneke
Katie & Craig Brye in celebration of Kathy Anderson
Designer Smiles
FM Area Foundation – Francis J. & Doris Y. Butler Memorial Fund
FM Area Foundation – Mohr Family/Dacotah Paper Donor Advised Fund
Lorraine & Bruce Furness
Doris Hertsgaard
Nancy & Neil Jordheim – Pass Through Gift Fund
Amanda & Dana Martens
Ann & Michael Potts
Alexa Puppo
Quota International of Fargo
William & Anna Jane Schlossman Fund as reccomended by Brad and Carol Schlossman
Shiloh Masonic Lodge #1
Arlyce & Harris Widmer

Jerry Schroeder – Professional Piano Technician

Ann & Larry Anderson
Dorothy Clark
Virginia & Dr. Byron Danielson
Drama Section of Fine Arts Club – Scholarship for Artspark Program
Lisa & Kenneth Farnham
Sheila & Warren Gullickson
Representative Karla Rose & Shawn Hanson
Margaret & Bruce Hanson
Maggy & Todd Henderson
Susan & Wendell Herman
Caryn Jo Hewitt
High Point Networks
Anja & Drew Kalvoda
Maria Weller & Kurt Kooyer
Jennifer & Jason Kratcha
MinKo Construction Inc.
Moorhead Vikingland Kiwanis
Lisa & Erik Nordeng
Denese & Ron Odegaard
Nyla & Roger Olson
Amy & Jim Parker
LuAnn & Mike Quaschnick
Paulette & William Rastedt
Carole & Mark Richman
Stephannie & Thomas Stiel
Sandy Thiel

Janice Albrecht in honor of Madison Inman
Jessica & Ross Almlie
Cristy Amundgaard
Jennifer & Mark Anderson in honor of Sawyer Anderson
Kayla Anderson
Pamela & Wayne Anderson
Becky Bakke
Becky Barry
Linda & Donald Bartsch
Betsy & Mike Beaton
Cindy Belohlavek
Janet Berg
Kathleen Bergseth
Amber Rae Bernhardt
Bert’s Truck Equipment of Moorhead – Jeremy & Heidi Gregoire
Peggy & Don Bierdeman
Sara & Scott Bleth
Jodee Bock – Bock’s Office
Regina Bohnet
Karen & Paul Borstad
Linda Boyd
Linda & Larry Brooks
Susan & Richard Brudvik
Tamara & Todd Bucholz
Martha & Jim Burns
Lisa & Gregg Campbell
Kasey & Wade Carlin
Brenda & E. John Carlson
Jennifer & Franz Charbonneaux
Dallas Christianson
Sarah & Brian Christopherson in honor of Ava Christopherson
Carrie & Tom Clemens
Megan Collins-Moore
Nancy & Robert Comstock Odney
Sue Cosgriff
Crystal & Jeff Cossette Knight
Kathleen Coyle
Erin & Rex Dahl
Louise Dahl
Terri & Bruce Dahl
Kyle Daily
Katie & Daniel Damico
Ramona Danielson
Deborah & Joel Davy
Joan & Dan Degerness
Fran & Alan Dexter
Joyce Dreschel
Kim & Devin Droog
Eide Bailly Team
Lora & Kevin Elfstrum – Sir Speedy
Joanne & Ron Ellingson
Carlie Enderle
Lisa Faiman
FM Area Foundation
Marcene & Peter Fendt
Amy Beaton & David Fenelon
Linda Fenelon
Paul & Debbie Finstad
Cindy & Rick Fischer
Mary Fitzgerald
Betsy Fowler
Jan & Andy Fugle in honor of Kyle Tekautz
Laura & Nick Gariano in honor of Tyler Hoverson
Pam & Jason Gibb
Donna & Michael Gillen
Sara & Eric Gjerdevig
Nancy & Mark Glaser – In Honor of Dan Glaser & Maddisyn Carter
JJ Gordon – Linebenders
Arlene H. Gran
Laura Gravdahl Thoreson
Heidi & Jeremy Gregoire
Alison Grippe – Yoga for the Arts – Karma Yoga Event
Dawn & Lee Gunderson
Kristen Nelson Guzman
Jodi & Glen Haekenkamp
Rodney Hains
Cody Hamilton
Nick Hamilton
Kathy & Dave Hanson Family
Jan & Fraser Harrison in memory of Edith Dawson
Sara & Perry Hartwig in honor of Austin Lamb
Beth & Robert Haseltine
Sacha Hauschultz
June Hayer
Billie Jo & Mark Hayes
Becky & Jake Hecker in memory of Edith Dawson
Earlyne Hector
Cheryl & Larry Hegvik
Amy & Todd Hirsch
Barbara Hoch
Cherish & Ryan Hoffman
Lou Ann Honek
Carol & Kenneth Hopp
Julie Hudson
Sharon & James Hurley
Steven or Renae Ingersoll
Willy & Arland Jacobson
Joyce Jenson
Arin & Bruce Johnson in honor of Ashley Johnson
Claire & Bill Johnson in memory of Aaron Guderjahn
June & Roger Johnson
Lee Johnson
Nancy Johnson
Adam Jones
Jackie & Brian Jones
Janet & James Kapitan
Elaine Keller & Paul Dregseth
Raleigh & Don Kern
Amber Kienenberger
Lisa Kienenberger
Sally Kienenberger
Kings Court Creative Photography
John Kringler
Mila & Andrei Kryjevski
Erin Kub
Mary & Harvey Laabs
Carol Ladwig
John Lamb
Tracy & Mike LaMont
Michael & Charles Lang
Keith & Lorraine Langseth
Jessica Westgard Larson & Dave Larson
Julie & Richard Laufenberg
Judy Lee
Kathy Leingang
Sara & Jobey Lichtblau
Kara & Kyle Lidberg
Kristi & Charles Livdahl
Marlys Lofberg
Dorothy Lohman
Patricia & Kelly Maas in Honor of Andie Peterson
Karen & Gary Mailloux
Kiana Majidian in honor of Bailey Litton
Julie Martin
Rachelle & Jon Martin
Renee & Phillip McClean
Margo & Dr. James McCulley D.D.S.
Kim & Curtis McVicar
Roxanne Meidinger
Patricia & Raymond Meier
Heidi & James Meline
Paul Meyers in memory of Ted Larson
Amy & David Mielke
Jackie & Dan Miller
Linda & Wayne Monge
Carolyn & John Monzingo
Kristi Morrison
Erin & Matt Moxness In Honor of Avery Moxness
Barb Nelson
Dacotah Nelson
Mary Margaret & Brian Nelson
Laura & Kyle Nesler
Tram Nguyen in Honor of Alex Ngo
Diane & Mervin Nordeng
Yvonne & Steven Norgen
JoAnn & Robert Nyquist
Steve O’Rourke
Danielle & Kyle Oetker
Amanda Ohlsen
Rennitta & Gene Okerlund
Allie Ollenburger
Martha & Michael Olsen
Audrey & Ardell Olson
Michael Olson
Robert Olson
Cheryl Omeara
Cassie & Jason Orloske
JoAnn & Rodney Oxton in honor of Family
Gloria Palm Conner
Phyllis & Carlton Paulson
Daniel Pederson
Norma & Joe Peltier
Paula & Dana Peterson
Abby Pladson in honor of Mickey Snortland and Family
Anne Prischmann
Jamie Proulx
Jay Puppe
Ellen Quandahl
Reanna Quiah
Lois Ann Ramlo
Pamela & Michael Redlinger
Debra & Robert Remark
Sandra Reuther
Vicki & Glenn Richard
Amy & Jay Richardson
Lou & Gerald Richardson
Elise & Dennis Rick
Jaylen Rick
Paula & Eugene Roach
Charlotte Robbins
Vicki & Rob Roberts
Mary & Donald Roos in honor of Timm Sharp, Megan Pennington, Nick & Alex Roos
Karin & Joe Rudd
Bob & Pat Russell in Memory of Edith Dawson
Evelyn Rutten
Gina Sandgren
Courtney Schaff
Gien & Tena Scharmer
Kari & Neal Schlepp
Carol & Brad Schlossman
Cheri & Errol Schoenfish
Melissa Schwengler In Honor of Zachary Schwengler
Tami & Daron Selvig
Jackie & Jim Shaw In Honor of Jennifer & Natalie Shaw
Joelle Shewey
Michele & Robert Silletto
Tryston Simek
Linda Skalet
GaNe’ Skatvold
Mary & Shawn Skrove
Olivia Snortland
Philip Sondreal
Lisa Steinberger
Michelle Swanson
Gail Swant
James Sweeney
Brenda Synhorst
Thibedeau & Company, PC in Memory of Robert Larimore and Matthew Thibedeau
Sue & Robert Thibedeau
Nicole Thom-Arens
B.W. Thompson
Alice Thomsen
Sandy Thorne
Mary Thrond
Mae & Stephen Tinguely
Bette & Paul R. Vandersteen
Jillain Veil-Ehnert
Joyce Voorhees
Christine & Jeremy Welsand
Melissa Wentz-Opsahl in honor of Mason Wentz
Pamela Wheeler
Robbye & Randy Wimmer in honor of Gabe Wimmer
Mary & Troy Wolf
Cindy & Jim Wolslegel
Leah & Scott Wright
Susan Farkas & Joshua Wynne
David Wyum
Kathleen & Robert Yanish
Ross Yost
Shelley & Brad Zietz


Executive Director

Kathy Anderson began her career in Arts Management over 20 years ago as a student in the Music Industry program at Minnesota State University Moorhead, graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1991. As a junior in college, she interned at Trollwood Performing Arts School and has since held numerous management roles in both the non-profit and for-profit industries. Kathy has been at the helm of Trollwood Performing Arts School since the fall of 2009. Under Kathy’s leadership, Trollwood has expanded its arts educational offerings through the creation of programs such as the Trollwood Conservatory, Totally Trollwood Academy, and the Trollwood Children’s Theatre. Kathy was also instrumental in starting the nationally recognized STudents At Risk (STAR) program for Trollwood back in 1997. Kathy has served in the role of producer for several Trollwood Mainstage Musical productions including Anything Goes (2010), The Music Man (2011), Legally Blonde (2012), Shrek (2013), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (2014), Disney’s Mary Poppins (2015), Disney’s The Little Mermaid (2016), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (2017), Hello, Dolly! (2018) Freaky Friday (2019) and is currently working on Cinderella (2021).

In the Fall of 2012, Kathy was asked to take on a larger role at Trollwood and oversee the management and programming of the venue, currently known as Bluestem Center for the Arts, as well as oversee all aspects of fundraising and development for the organization. Previously, Kathy held the position of Executive Director for the Cass County Historical Society and Bonanzaville USA (1997–1999). Under Kathy’s direction, Bonanzaville underwent a major renovation and also secured the initial vision and funding for the development of the Lucien Barnes Pavilion at Bonanzaville. In addition to Kathy’s roles in the non-profit industry, Kathy worked for Microsoft (2000–2005) where she was a Technical Support Engineer and Technical Lead for the accounting package Great Plains prior to returning to Trollwood as the Director of Administration in the spring of 2005. In addition to her professional arts management career, Kathy enjoys making music as a singer/songwriter. Kathy also loves spending quality time with her husband, Jim, and daughter, Jessica.




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 Main Stage Musical. 2021 will mark the 30th stage production Michael has directed for Trollwood. 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/Lecture on the regional theatre and university stage. Teaching masterclass’s 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 Tish School of the Arts. Throughout 1992-2000, Michael directed numerous projects for the writing program.

As Artistic Director of the Main Stage 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! and in 2019-Freaky Friday!. Michael is currently working on our 2021 production of Cinderella.




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.




Community Relations Coordinator

Kelsy Hewitt is originally from the Fargo-Moorhead area and is grateful to be an integral part of Trollwood Performing Arts School! Kelsy is an alum of Trollwood participating both on and off-stage for 5 years (04’ – 09’); she has also worked in the Costume Shop in multiple facets from 2012-2013. Kelsy holds an Associate Degree in Fashion Design (12’) from The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Costume Design (15’) from North Dakota State University. As Community Relations Coordinator at Trollwood, Kelsy works together with Kathy Anderson, Executive Director, to help build the relationships and financial foundation that is needed for Trollwood to be successful now and into the future and manages the business office, box office, and concessions, as well as many other front of house duties. Kelsy is also responsible for coordinating all of the private, public, and in-house events that are hosted at Trollwood. Outside of the office, Kelsy loves to spend time with her family and travel. Kelsy is thrilled to be given an opportunity to work for a great arts organization and is excited for the future we can create for our community.




Graphic & Web Designer

Tyler Brown is an artist-designer in Fargo-Moorhead with a penchant for visual storytelling. He’s a full-time graphic & web designer at Fargo Public Schools (FPS) and spends his days creating visuals and managing websites throughout the District. Before joining FPS, he worked with website and advertising agencies around the Red River Valley and has 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 learning about life from his wife, two boys, and new puppy. You might also catch him exhibiting at comic conventions, racing RC cars, or sketching ideas for his next harebrained art project.




Communications Specialist

Amy Norstedt is a Red River Valley native whose life has been surrounded by the arts and different forms of performance. As a seasoned journalist in the Fargo-Moorhead area, Amy became well-versed in Trollwood Performing Art School’s significant community impact, exceptional programs, and world-class facilities at Bluestem Center for the Arts. Amy regards her time in television news closely to that of theatre, as it takes similar performance values to anchor newscasts and report stories. After more than a decade in journalism, Amy joined the Trollwood team as a communications specialist, working to promote the organization through writing, videography, and community engagement. Long before her professional career, Amy had a deep love for music, as she participated in band, choir, and a traveling musical performance team. When Amy is away from work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and two cats. She also calls herself a “runner,” however, she admits it is a “love-hate” relationship. Amy also volunteers her public relations expertise with the North Dakota Distinguished Young Women program and Addie’s Royal Cupcake Stand/Sunshine Foundation.

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.