Executive Director of the Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre. Fargo, North Dakota

ELOISE BREIKJERN, Executive Director

Eloise holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.  Her experience includes: the Minnesota Orchestra Volunteer Association (executive director) in Minneapolis Minnesota, Trollwood Performing Arts School (operations director) in Moorhead Minnesota, The Fargo Theatre (executive director) in Fargo North Dakota and the Red River Boy Choir (executive director) in Fargo.

Eloise can be contacted by e-mailing


ADAM PANKOW, Artistic Director

Adam attended Concordia College, Moorhead where he earned a B.A. in Theatre.  After working across the country with a variety of theatre organizations,  Adam returned to the Fargo area where he attended Minnesota State University Moorhead and graduated with a B.S. in English Education.  Adam is a familiar face to the local theatre community, having spent the last ten years as the Director of Theatre first at West Fargo High School and then, upon its completion, at Sheyenne High School, with both schools winning multiple awards and accolades during his tenure. With extensive acting, technical, and directing credits to his name, Pankow will look to continue his tradition of theatrical excellence in tandem with FMCT’s mission to engage and enrich the FM community.

Adam can be contacted by e-mailing


JUDY LEWIS, Education Director

After graduating from Central Michigan University with a degree in Theatre, Music, and English, Judy worked as an actor, singer and director in Michigan, New York, and in California.  Over the last ten years, she served as the Theatre Director for the Lamphere School District where she developed curriculum, implemented reading strategies and directed and produced school productions. Judy also served on several community boards in Michigan for the City of Madison Heights: the Arts and Culture Board, Women's Club, City Round Table, Parks and Recreation and was the Executive Director of the M.H. Family Coalition. She recently graduated with an M.A. in Theatre for the Young from Eastern Michigan University and joins our team here at FMCT as our Education Director.

Judy can be contacted by e-mailing

LUCAS RUTTEN, General Manager

Lucas holds a Bachelor of Music degree in music industry from Minnesota State University Moorhead. His experience includes four years as Assistant Director of Theatre at West Fargo High School and Sheyenne High School, lead audio technician and sound designer with the Straw Hat Players, as well as many performing credits in North Dakota and Minnesota.

Lucas can be contacted by e-mailing


SHELLY HURT-GEIST, Costuming Director

Shelly holds a Bachelor of Science degree in apparel and textiles from North Dakota State University as well as attaining a cosmetology license in both Minnesota and North Dakota.  Her experience includes: work with Trollwood Performing Arts School and freelance design.

Shelly can be contacted about costuming and costuming rentals by e-mailing


KAYLA RICE, Community Engagement Coordinator

Kayla holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Kayla has experience working in multiple nonprofit settings primarily in development and events. She also has experience teaching in early childhood and elementary education. Kayla is a familiar face to the FMCT stage participating in many productions throughout the years. Kayla and her husband Derek make their home in West Fargo.

Kayla can be contacted by e-mailing

NPPA’s Activities are made possible in part through the generous support of the following agencies: The North Dakota Council on the Arts through appropriations from the North Dakota State Legislature; the National Endowment for the Arts and the cities of Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo through the Arts Partnership. NPPA is a member of The Arts Partnership, the American Association of Community Theatre, Red River Attractions, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, the Downtown Community Partnership and North Dakota Arts Alliance. NPPA is also listed with Dun & Bradstreet.


The activities of NPPA are supported in part with proceeds from charitable gaming. In accordance with the North Dakota Game of Chance Administrative Rules, all financial information and tax returns are made available for inspection at The Stage by appointment. This information is updated quarterly. NPPA gaming sites include: the Ramada, Space Aliens, and the Windbreak Saloon, located in Fargo, North Dakota; Parrot’s Cay and The Loft in Grand Forks; and Happy Trails in Argusville.

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