Trollwood Academy classes are over for Summer 2021.

Thank you for a great summer, we hope to see you in 2022!

Hone your craft by choosing from 5 exciting new theatre intensives exploring over twenty different topics in the performing arts! In this brand new format for Trollwood Academy, take a session in the morning, afternoon, or spend your whole day expanding your artistry in musical theatre, acting, improv, and/or sketch comedy.

Grades: 8th through graduated 2020 or 2021 graduated seniors (All grades refer to 2020-2021 school year).

Dates: June 7- June 30, 2021

Morning Session:  9:00am – 11:45am
Afternoon Session: 12:45pm–3:30pm

Location: Trollwood Performing Arts School – 801 50th Ave S, Moorhead, MN

Orientation: June 7, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Participation is required.  Location TBD.

Registration Deadline: May 14th, 2021. Registration remains open after this deadline. However, a $25 late fee will be assessed.

Fees: See Program Fees page here

Performance: TBD

In order for students to learn as much as possible in their classes at Trollwood, instructors will informally assess the skill level of each participant. Teachers may make recommendations during the first day that could include suggesting another intensive or option that would better meet the student’s needs.

Bus Transportation: June 7-30, Trollwood will offer bus transportation to Trollwood Performing Arts School from various pickup points in Fargo, West Fargo, and Moorhead and back again. Routes will run prior to 9:00 am and again after 3:30 pm, allowing you to participate in a full day of programming at Trollwood.

For just $90.00, you may ride the bus both ways, only one way, or switch it up from day to day! Routes will operate from June 7–30, 2021. Refer to Student Services for schedule/locations.

Trollwood Performing Arts School is committed to safety and will monitor COVID-19 guidelines. Trollwood reserves the right to alter or cancel programming if deemed necessary. In the event of cancellation due to COVID-19, Trollwood will refund program registration fees. Otherwise, all registration fees are non-refundable.

Trollwood Academy

Grades 8-2020 or 2021 graduates
(Grades refer to 2020-2021 school year)

Morning Session (9:00 am – 11:45 am):

The Comedy Intensive
From Vaudeville to Saturday Night Live, take the comedy world by storm. Develop skills and techniques through sophisticated improvisational games. Perfect your comedic timing and develop your listening prowess. Write sketches, create characters, and perform original sketch comedy that will keep ’em rolling in the aisles!

In this intensive you will explore the following subjects:
Sketch Comedy

Contemporary Musical Theatre Intensive
Are you excited about the latest Broadway musicals? In this class you will explore contemporary musicals and musical theatre techniques. Build your actor’s tool box of skills and develop your contemporary vocal and dance styles.

In this intensive you will explore the following subjects:
Contemporary Musical Theatre Voice
The Actor’s Toolbox
Hip Hop Dance

Advanced Musical Theatre Intensive
(Prerequisite:  Previous voice, acting, & dance lessons & performance experience)
Are you ready to fine tune your triple threat skills? This intensive takes a deep dive into all aspects of musical theatre for the actor. Fine-tune your audition package with the perfect monologue while honing your dance skills and perfecting your vocal music styles.

In this intensive you will explore the following subjects:
Acting the Song
Dance for Stage
Audition Monologues

Afternoon Session 12:45 pm – 3:30 pm:

Classic Musical Theatre Intensive
Sound of Music, Guys and Dolls, West Side Story…oldies but goodies! In this musical theatre experience, you will sample the greats as you broaden your expertise in preparing the perfect audition. Dance across the floor in Fosse style as you collaborate artistically with fellow students to create stunning performances.

In this intensive you will explore the following subjects:
Broadway Dance
Musical Theatre Performance Lab
Audition Prep

The Actor’s Intensive
This intensive will provide an opportunity for you to broaden your acting techniques. Develop your craft to deliver dynamic and impressive monologues. Explore the power of focus and learn how to feed off your fellow actor to create energetic, dramatic, and/or comedic scenes, using improvisation and other acting styles.

In this intensive you will explore the following subjects:
Acting techniques
Monologues – Classic to Contemporary


Advanced Musical Theatre Intensive Instructor
The Actor’s Intensive Instructor

Originally from West Fargo, ND Miles has worked as an actor, teacher, and director all across the country.  Some of his favorite acting roles in Regional Theatre include: Chris in “Miss Saigon,” Roger in “Rent,” Claudio in “Much Ado About Nothing,” and Chris Keller in “All My Sons.” Some favorite tv experiences include working on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”, “Code Black” and “The Good Place.” Highlighted directing experiences include: “Dreamgirls” in Philadelphia, “A Piece of My Heart” with Shanley High School, and “White Buffalo” at West Fargo High School. Miles has also produced, directed and/or starred in “Coyote on Fence,” “Farragut North,” “Gruesome Playground Injuries,” and “Spittin’ Image” among others through Barnum’s Acting Studio.  After spending much of quarantine teaching over ZOOM Miles is looking forward to getting back to work shooting “The End of the Rope” film this summer as well as returning to Trollwood Performing Arts School to teach both the Acting and Musical Theatre Intensive classes.

Trollwood Academy Accompanist

Lori has been the staff accompanist for Moorhead High School choir, band, and orchestra programs since 2009. She has enjoyed working as an occasional accompanist at Concordia and NDSU and is also a church musician. During the pandemic, Lori expanded her audio & video editing skills to produce virtual choir and band videos and concerts.

Contemporary Musical Theatre Intensive Instructor

Grace Parker is an NYC-based actor/playwright/teacher. Recent playwriting work includes Why We Have Book Club (3 Days Prior, Quarterfinalist for Screencraft Stage Play Competition), Dear College, (Lionheart New Works Festival, Award for Playwriting), The Time Lizzie and Jason and Ryan and Heather Went to Ryan’s Lakehouse (Sproutworks), which she also starred in, Missed Connections, (Manhattan Repertory Theatre: Fall One Act Competition Winner), and Juliet and the Falcons (Northlight Educational Theatre). Her play Double Tap had a developmental reading at Atlantic Theatre Company in 2019 and was a semifinalist for the National Playwrights’ Conference and the Thomas Wolfe International Prize. As an actor, she has worked with Goodman Theatre, Timeline Theatre, Orchard Project, and Rave Festival, among others.  She holds a BFA from University of North Carolina School of the Arts where her favorite roles include Amy in Company, and Sister James in Doubt. She has taught theatre classes at Northlight Performing Arts Camp, Harand Performing Arts Camp, and Kids Orbit. Proud alum of NTI Theatermakers Ensemble 2016 at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. NHSI Theatre Arts Cherub 2013. New Play Exchange: Grace Parker.

Advanced Musical Theatre Intensive Instructor

Born and raised in the Midwest, David Triptow is a movement artist, instructor, choreographer, and yoga teacher.  His career has given him the opportunity to travel, perform, and choreograph around the United States and Canada. In 2019, David travelled on the road as the Dance Captain in the North American tour of PJ Masks Live! In 2020, David partnered with ChamberSixMedia and Rethink Dance to choreograph a short dance film entitled Wake, which has been accepted into film festivals across the country. David contributes his love and passion for the arts from his time as a student at Trollwood Performing Arts School, and to this day, practices curiosity and a life-long learner mindset. He strives to ignite the same attributes in his students.

man smilingKEVIN KENNEDY
The Comedy Intensive Instructor
The Acting Intensive Instructor

Kevin Kennedy has been teaching drama at Fargo South High School the past eight years. In addition to directing a musical, play, and a one-act play, he is also the coach for the school improv troupe, Donkey Hotey’s. Between shows, classes, and improv, students have the opportunity to perform over 30 times a year. Kevin is also a member of the local improv troupe, The Linebenders. This is his 7th year teaching improv at Trollwood. This year, he will be writing and directing The Trollwood Players show, Life Cycles, at Fargo South in July and August.

Clothing for Trollwood Academy:

Clothes should be comfortable and movable.  Athletic wear works great!
Tops –Tank top, t-shirt, sweatshirt
Bottoms – Sweatpants, long shorts, leggings
Footwear – Appropriate shoes for the class:
Dance:  Ballet, jazz, or clean tennis shoes. Tap shoes if you are taking that section.
(If you need help acquiring dance shoes, please contact Student Services)
Acting or Musical Theatre:  Clean tennis shoe.  NO sandals or flip-flops.

Please dress in layers as it can be colder in the mornings and hotter in the afternoons!


Completed grade 8 through 2020 or 2021 graduated seniors
(all grades refer to 2020-2021 school year)

Trollwood Academy exposes students to the performing arts in several curricular areas.  The applicable standards and benchmarks for this program are listed below.  Not all standards and benchmarks will be addressed in each four week session, but a significant number of them will be represented.


Standard 1: Singing
Students sing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

9-12.1.1. Sing with expression and technical accuracy.
9-12.1.2. Sing music written in four or more parts, with and without accompaniment.
9-12.1.3. Sing in small ensembles with one student per part.

Standard 2: Instrumental Performance
Students perform on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

*This standard is not applicable in Trollwood Academy.

Standard 3: Improvisation
Students improvise melodies, variations, and accompaniments.

9-12.3.1. Improvise stylistically appropriate harmonizing parts.
9-12.3.2. Improvise rhythmic and melodic variations.
9-12.3.3. Improvise original melodies over given chord progressions.

Standard 4: Composition
Students compose and arrange music within specified guidelines.

9-12.4.1. Compose music in several distinct styles.
9-12.4.2. Arrange pieces for voices or instruments other than those for which the pieces were written in ways that preserve or enhance the expressive effect of the music.

Standard 5: Reading Music
Students read and notate music.

9-12.5.1. Know how to read a score of up to four staves.

Standard 6: Listening
Students listen to, analyze, and describe music.

9-12.6.1. Know the uses of the elements of music in the analysis of compositions representing diverse genres and cultures.
9-12.6.2. Understand technical vocabulary of music.

Standard 7: Evaluating Music
Students evaluate music and music performances.

9-12.7.1. Develop specific criteria for making informed, critical evaluations of the quality and effectiveness of performances, compositions, arrangements, and improvisations.
9-12.7.2. Evaluate a given musical work in terms of its aesthetic qualities.

Standard 8: Music and Other Disciplines
Students understand the relationship between music, the other arts, and other disciplines.

9-12.8.1. Know how artistic elements and processes are used in similar and distinctive ways in the various arts.
9-12.8.2. Understand the ways in which the principles and concepts of various disciplines outside the arts are related to those of music.

Standard 9: Music, History, and Culture
Students understand music in relation to history and culture.

9-12.9.1. Know representative examples of music from a variety of cultures and historical periods.
9-12.9.2. Know sources of American music, the evolution of these genres, and musicians associated with them.
9-12.9.3. Know various roles that musicians perform and representative individuals who have functioned in each role.


Standard 1: Dramatic Literature
Students comprehend a wide variety of dramatic literature.

9-12.1.1. Know elements of dramatic literature.
9-12.1.2. Know and describe the elements of scripting.
9-12.1.3. Understand the impact of choice of medium.

Standard 2: Acting
Students use fundamental acting skills.

9-12.2.1.Understand the physical, emotional, and social dimensions of characters found in dramatic texts from various genres and media.
9-12.2.2. Know various classical and contemporary acting techniques and methods.
9-12.2.3. Know how characters as an ensemble communicate with audiences.

Standard 3: Production
Students use fundamental production skills.

9-12.3.1. Use technical elements to design a production plan for a scene or play.
9-12.3.2. Perform publicly and house management duties.
9-12.3.3. Manage a technical element of a scene or play.

Standard 4: Cultural Context of Drama
Students understand drama’s role in cultural and human experiences.

9-12.4.1. Know the historical, social, and cultural factors that influence the theatre.
9-12.4.2. Know characteristics of dramatic genres from a variety of cultures.

Standard 5: Consumer of Theatre
Students understand how to be knowledgeable consumers of theatre.

9-12.5.1. Understand the relationship between production elements and the director’s interpretation of the playwright’s script.
9-12.5.2. Understand the relationship of background research for a production to the audience’s comprehension and enjoyment of the production.

Standard 6: Drama and Human Development
Students understand the role of theatre in human development.

9-12.6.1. Use Understand how drama influences the development of creative thinking skills, critical thinking skills, and social skills throughout one’s life.

Standard 7: Drama and Other Disciplines
Students understand the connections between drama and other disciplines.

9-12.7.1. Know how elements of drama are used in similar and distinctive ways in various arts.
9-12.7.2. Know the ways in which drama influences other disciplines.
9-12.7.3. Know the ways in which other disciplines influence drama.


Standard 1: Movement Elements
Students understand the role of movement elements and skills in dance.

9-12.1.1. Use appropriate technique in dance.
9-12.1.2. Know complex steps and patterns from various dance styles and traditions.
9-12.1.3. Understand the importance of using various complex time elements.
9-12.1.4. Understand the principles governing combinations and variations in a broad dynamic range.
9-12.1.5. Understand why it is important to project in dance.

Standard 2: Choreography
Students understand choreographic principles, processes, and structures.

9-12.2.1. Understand the importance of structures and forms of movement.
9-12.2.2. Understand the use of improvisation to generate movement.

Standard 3: Dance and Meaning
Students understand dance as a way to create and communicate meaning.

9-12.3.1. Understand how movement choices are used to relate abstract ideas and themes in dance.
9-12.3.2. Understand how interpretation of dance can be influenced by personal experience.

Standard 4: Dance and Thinking Skills
Students apply critical and creative thinking skills in dance.

9-12.4.1. Establish a set of aesthetic criteria for evaluation.
9-12.4.2. Formulate and answer aesthetic questions.

Standard 5: Dance, History, and Culture
Students understand the historical development of dance and its relationship to various cultures.

9-12.5.1. Know the similarities and differences among various contemporary theatrical forms of dance.
9-12.5.2. Know dance pioneers as an index to the artistic and social values of civilization.
9-12.5.3. Understand how dance and dancers are portrayed in contemporary media.
9-12.5.4. Know the traditions and techniques of classical dance forms.

Standard 6: Dance and Personal Wellness
Students understand the connection between dance and personal wellness.

9-12.6.1. Know how lifestyle choices affect dancers.
9-12.6.2. Understand the significance of historical and cultural images of the body in dance.

Standard 7: Dance and Other Disciplines
Students understand the connections between dance and other disciplines.

9-12.7.1. Know how dance is similar to and different from other disciplines.
9-12.7.2. Know how technology can be used to reinforce, enhance, or alter dances.


Standard 1: Media, Techniques, and Processes
Students understand and apply media, techniques, and processes.

9-12.1.1. Use visual art media, techniques, and processes to accomplish a purpose in their own works of art.
9-12.1.2. Understand how to create works of visual art that communicate an idea in one or more visual art media.
9-12.1.3. Use visual art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner.

Standard 2: Structure and Function
Students understand how works of art are structured and how visual art has a variety of functions.

9-12.2.1. Understand how the visual art structures and functions are used to accomplish personal, commercial, societal, or other art intentions.
9-12.2.2. Analyze and understand visual art organizational structures and what makes them effective or ineffective in the communication of ideas.

Standard 3: Subject Matter, Themes, Symbols, and Ideas in Visual Art
Students know a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas.

9-12.3.1. Understand how to interpret, integrate, and apply subjects, themes, symbols, and ideas in works of art.

Standard 4: Visual Art, History, and Culture
Students understand the visual arts in relation to history and culture.

9-12.4.1. Understand works of art among a variety of historical and cultural contexts in terms of characteristics, functions, and purposes of visual art.
9-12.4.2. Understand relationships among works of art in terms of history, aesthetics, and cultures.

Standard 5: Merits of Visual Art
Students understand the characteristics and merit of one’s own works of art and the visual artwork of others.

9-12.5.1. Understand various intentions of those creating works of art.
9-12.5.2. Understand how works of art are created and their relationships to historical and cultural contexts.
9-12.5.3. Understand how one’s own work of art has purpose and meaning.

Standard 6: Connections
Students make connections between the visual arts and other disciplines.

9-12.6.1. Understand and compare the similarities between the visual arts and the other arts disciplines (performing arts, literature, practical arts) that show common themes, historical periods, and cultural context.
9-12.6.2. Understand and compare the relationship between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum.