Staff & Board

FMCT is operated by a full-time staff and guided by a volunteer Board of Directors. Together, these individuals work hard to ensure the best artistic and educational experiences possible for our community.

FMCT Staff

Executive Director

Eloise Breikjern

Eloise joined the team at FMCT in 2014 and knew immediately that the future success of the theatre would depend on deepening community engagement and holding firm to the vision of its founders. She began her career in the arts as the Executive Director of the Red River Boys Choir, where the highlight of this experience was taking 48 boys to New York City to perform on stage at Carnegie Hall. Eloise holds a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia College in Moorhead Minnesota. She’s worked as the Executive Director of the Fargo Theatre, the operations director of Trollwood Performing Arts School and as the Executive Director of the volunteer association on the Minnesota Orchestra. With over 25 years of performing arts leadership have prepared Eloise for her work here as the Executive Director of the Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre.

Artistic Director

Adam Pankow

Adam attended Concordia College, Moorhead where he earned a B.A. in Theatre Arts.  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 10 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 continues his tradition of theatrical excellence in tandem with FMCT’s mission to engage and enrich the entire FM community.

Education Director

Judy Lewis

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.

General Manager

Lucas Rutten

A part of the FMCT staff since 2015, 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.

Community Engagement Coordinator

Kayla Rice

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.

Community Engagement Intern

Colby Schwartzwalter

Art has been an integral part of Colby’s life since he was old enough to carry a tune. He graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Dance and has performed professionally in Duluth. Locally, he has numerous performance credits and has served as the choreographer for Gooseberry Park Players for three years. At Moorhead High School he works as the assistant choreographer for their fall musical and as a coach for their speech team. Colby looks forward to engaging in FMCT’s mission to bring vibrant theatrical art and education to the community!

Finance Manager

Kim Rensvold

Kim joined FMCT in March 2020.  She is from the area and  graduated from NDSCS in 2003 with an Associate of Science degree in Business Management.  Went back to school and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business with emphasis in Human Resources from University of Mary in 2013.  Working in the accounting field since 2004 doing several different finance and accounting activities including, bookkeeping, accounts payable, accounts receivable/collections, payroll, benefits, and general ledger.

Shelly

Costuming Director 

Shelly Hurt-Geist

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

Technical Director 

Cedar Remmen

Cedar is a 2019 graduate from the Bachelor of Fine Arts Theatre Design and Tech program at North Dakota State University with a focus in scenic construction, lighting and sound design. He has over 8 years of theatre tech experience including most recently being a freelance lighting designer in the community and shop supervisor at NDSU after graduation. He is excited to have the opportunity to work with an iconic theatre in the community he grew up in.

Assistant Technical Director

David Harvey

David Harvey is currently serving as the Assistant Technical Director of FMCT.  He is honored and excited to be a part of or such a fantastic organization.  He graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a degree in Theatre Technology in 2018.

Production Assistant

Brenna Lahren

Brenna Lahren is a recent graduate from North Dakota State University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Theatre Arts. Brenna has experience working in a variety of areas in theatre such as writing, directing, stage management, creating stage props, and teaching theatre to young actors in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

FMCT Board

BOARD PRESIDENT

Jaime Aasen

MAED
Years of Service: 4
Fargo Public Schools

BOARD SECRETARY

Caryn Hewitt

RN, BSN, MBA, CENP
Years of Service: 5
Director of Operations, Sanford

Shelby Ellsworth

Years of Service: 2
US Payroll Systems Process Manager,
Microsoft, Fargo

BOARD VICE PRESIDENT

Adam Montgomery J.D.

Years of Service: 4
Assistant Vice President
Compliance & Assurance Services
Gate City Bank, Fargo

Shelby Cochran

Years of Service: 2
Channel Communication Manager
Bobcat, Fargo

Mike LaMont

CCIM
Years of Service: 1
Commercial & Investment Real Estate
Archer Commercial Real Estate Services

BOARD TREASURER

Karin Rudd

Years of Service: 5
Senior Vice President of EPIC Checking
EPIC Checking Center
Data Strategies & Marketing
Gate City Bank, Fargo

Daniel Damico

Years of Service: 2
Administrator,
First Lutheran Church, Fargo

Shanna Franzen

Years of Service: 1
Technical Account Manager
Microsoft, Fargo