Thank you for supporting “Dogfight”!

Act Up Theatre’s cast and crew of “Dogfight” presented a beautiful, powerful, meaningful show to audiences June 28-30! Special thanks to Director/Choreographer Craig A. Ellingson, Vocal Director Mara Campbell, Costume Designer Ricky Greenwell, Lighting Designer David Wilhelmi, Sound Designer Ryan Cofer, Technical Director Rob Rachow —- and the fabulous accompanist Jo Marie Fike!

Photo credit: Dennis Krull “5foot20 design lounge”.

Act Up was so proud to present this show thru Musical Theatre International.

Act Up supports the workshop and staged reading of new rock musical “Relapse”!

Act Up proudly supported the development of a brand new rock musical, Relapse, through a weeklong workshop and staged reading in June 2022!  The book and lyrics for Relapse are the creation of Alex Church (he/him), with music by Shannon Maroney (they/them), and directed by Lexx Francis (they/them). 

Relapse tells an experience with addiction from the perspective of the support system. Main character Liam learns his alcoholic mother has relapsed. Speeding home to clean up the mess, he finds things to be far worse than anticipated: their family, fractured by distance and jaded by time, has largely left him to battle her illness alone. Confronted by physical manifestations of their darkest parts, mother and son fight to hold on amidst the deafening shadow of alcoholism.

Poster design by Kezia Florence.

This activity is funded in part by a grant from the Lake Region Arts Council through a Minnesota State Legislative appropriation.

Act Up Theatre is a nonprofit 501c3 organization, started in 2010 to provide musical performing opportunities to artists in the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo region with productions and events that focus on social justice and health issues. We empower artists to use their talents to impact lives in their communities.

MISSION:  To inspire, amaze, challenge, educate and empower artists and audiences through exceptional performing art.

VISION:  It is Act Up’s vision to nurture and inspire leaders to use their voices and their art to spur social change, thus instigating a more conscious community and a more compassionate world. 

Act Up Theatre is supported by grants from:

  • The Lake Region Arts Council through a Minnesota State Legislative appropriation;
  • The Arts Partnership, with support from the Cities of Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo and from Sanford Health;
  • The FM Area Foundation – the community foundation created by and for the people of Cass County, North Dakota, and Clay County, Minnesota. The FM Area Foundation helps people give back to the community and ensures the needs of the community are addressed now and in perpetuity. Working in partnership with individuals, families, businesses and professional advisors, the FM Area Foundation manages charitable funds and provides grants to qualified nonprofit organizations and scholarships to students. The FM Area Foundation has been serving the community through philanthropy since 1960.

Learn more about Act Up in this video (Created by Act Up Alum/filmmaker Devon Solwold)

Previous Act Up shows in Fargo-Moorhead:

“Dogfight”

“UNSUNG”

“The Theory of Relativity
“American Idiot”

“Bare”

“Spring Awakening”
“Rent”

“Next to Normal”

“13”

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