A workplace far from the ordinary…

Trollwood Performing Arts School, located at Bluestem Center for the Arts, is a unique arts organization committed to providing high-quality arts education, exceptional community entertainment, and serves as a community event and exposition center. Trollwood serves as the managing arm for Bluestem Center for the Arts, a world-class facility headquartered in Moorhead, MN. The campus includes river views, grassy meadows, woods and wildlife, outdoor stages, a 2,500-seat amphitheater, and the beautiful Marcil Commons which serves as an educational center and rental space including warm, knotty pine rooms with beautiful park views.

Trollwood Performing Arts School’s youth programs are committed to providing high-quality performing arts education and exceptional community entertainment. Since 1978, thousands of young people have spent their summers learning, growing, and making friends at Trollwood. Trollwood offers nine annual arts education, youth leadership, and performance programs. The school deliberately incorporates the outdoors because it is our belief that a connection to the natural environment fosters creativity, self-discovery, and an understanding of a healthy way of being alive. With nature as a model, students gain a better appreciation of the value of diversity, adaptability, cooperation, and interdependence.

Current Openings:

Theater Technician

Position Summary: Coordinate and facilitate the technical theater needs of FPS. The Theater Technician inspects audio and visual equipment, lighting systems for productions, and other technical processes. They ensure all the equipment is in proper working condition, identify and troubleshoot defects, and deliver high-quality project results.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  1. Training students to use the theatrical equipment in a safe, educational, productive, and professional manner.  This includes creating a district-wide plan for educational programming for student technicians.  This plan shall be communicated with the Assistant Technical Theater Directors for district-wide implementation.
  2. Facility Management of all  FPS theatrical venues including scheduling and staffing. This will include:
    1. Creating the annual district-wide drama events calendar to facilitate the efficient use and sharing of the facilities, equipment, and staff time throughout the district by all of the different FPS activities and events.
    2. Overseeing and maintaining the electronic calendar for these events & venues.
  3. Maintenance and upkeep of FPS theatrical equipment and spaces. This also includes creating and updating a district-wide long-range plan to keep the equipment updated and in working order. This includes overseeing the borrowing, loaning, and sharing of this equipment between schools, and to outside entities. These plans will include the FPS shared theater equipment as well.
  4. Provide design and technical duties for the theater productions in Fargo Public Schools. This includes:
    1. Production Design, including scenic design, lighting design, and sound design.
    2. Technical Direction, Electrician, and Audio Engineer duties.
    3. Assistance with Properties fabrication if necessary.
  5. Work with district personnel to update and maintain the FPS equipment inventory system as it pertains to theatrical equipment.
  6. Assign & oversee the Assistant Theater Technicians in performing of their duties and time.  Meet regularly to keep schedules and communication flowing.
  7. Assist the Assistant Theater Technicians with events & productions if necessary and available.
  8. Participate in all mandatory training or training appropriate to the position as required by the district.

Secondary Duties & Responsibilities:

  1. Ensure the lecture systems are in a proper working order, to allow their use for music, lecture, and similar events.
  2. Manage the rentals of FPS theater spaces to outside entities.  Organize and provide technical support for all rental events located in the district theaters.
  3. Oversee the lighting and sound elements of the annual all-staff meeting.
  4. Compliance with the following as instructed by the FPS Director of Maintenance and Operations:
    1. Compliance with applicable State and Federal Fire and safety codes.
    2. Compliance with applicable FCC regulations.
    3. Compliance with applicable ADA regulations.
  5. Be a technical theater resource for other venues on the campuses, and in all of FPS.
  6. All other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
Supervise students during the assembly and production of events in the theater and is directly responsible for their safety and wellbeing. Supervise the Assistant Theater Technicians, their duties and responsibilities.

Education and/or Experience:
B.A. and one or more years of on the job experience/training.

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Assistant Theater Technician

Position Purpose: Assist the Technical Theater Coordinator to coordinate and facilitate the technical theater needs of FPS.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Training students to use the theatrical equipment in a safe, educational, productive, and professional manner.  This includes the district-wide programming for student technicians in accordance with the Technical Theater Coordinator’s district-wide plan.
  • Maintenance and upkeep of FPS theatrical equipment and spaces.  This also includes the long range plans to keep the equipment in working order in accordance with the Technical Theater Coordinator’s district wide plan. This includes overseeing the borrowing and loaning of this equipment between schools, and to outside entities.
  • To provide technical support for FPS theater productions and as assigned by the Technical Theater Coordinator.  This may include:
    • Production Design, including scenic design, lighting design, and sound design.
    • Technical Direction, Master Electrician, and Audio Engineer duties.
    • Assistance with Properties design & fabrication if necessary.
  • Meet regularly with the Technical Theater Coordinator to keep schedules and communication flowing.
  • Assist the Technical Theater Coordinator and his other assistants with events & productions if necessary and available.
  • Participate in all mandatory training or training appropriate to the position as required by the district.

Secondary Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Ensure the lecture systems are in a proper working order, to allow their use for music, lecture, and similar events.
  • Implement scheduled events and setup for FPS Theater spaces as assigned
  • Organize and Provide technical support for all rental events as assigned.
  • Be a technical theater resource for other venues on the campuses, and in all of FPS.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
Supervises students during the assembly and production of events in the theater, and is directly responsible for their safety and well-being.

Qualifications Requirements
B.A. and one or more years of on the job experience/training

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“Being in a beautiful park and working in fresh air is a great treat after a season spent in the traditional windowless theaters. Even after all these years, the wide-open skies, storms, Northern lights, and double rainbows inspire me.”

– Jack Mehler, Scenic and Lighting Designer