Artistic Staff

RebeccaMLRebecca Meyer-Larson, Director

Rebecca Meyer-Larson has been an educator and a theater director for 24 years and is the artistic director and founder of ACT UP Theatre.

Rebecca has collaborated with many theater organizations including: Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre, Trollwood Performing Arts School, Perpich Center for Arts Education, MN State Arts Board, Hennepin Theatre Trust, the American High School Theatre Festival, Minnesota State High School League, Music Theater Fargo-Moorhead (The Last Five Years), and masterclasses with Jason Robert Brown (13:  A New Musical), Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal (RENT).

Rebecca’s productions have been recognized for excellence by USA TodayYoung ArtsTheater Live!, the Spotlight Musical Theater Awards, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where her productions have received multiple five star reviews. She is a two-time US Presidential Scholars Program award-winning teacher and a 4 diamond coach with the National Forensics League;  however, her favorite creations are her children Sadie, Izzy, and Finn.

Annie Bakken, Vocal Director

Annie (Bakken) Richards is a proud member of the FM arts scene. She has worked with Moorhead High School, Trollwood Performing Arts School, the Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre, Richland Area Schools, Act Up Theatre and spent a fabulous summer touring with Missoula Children’s Theatre. Favorite productions include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamboat (Richland), Violet (Moorhead), Rent (Act Up Theatre), 25th Annual…(Moorhead) and her starring role as the “Water Merchant” in Prairie Fire Theatre’s production of Alladin (spelling intentional). Annie would like to send some love and gratitude out to the tribe, the vocal triad, Lee and little Rosie.

MeleahLMeleah LaPlante, Choreographer


Mark Aamold – Producer/Production Manager

Mark is currently a teacher/theater director for Richland #44 Public School in Colfax, ND.   He teaches band for 5th grade through 12th grade students, 7th through 12th grade choir, individual lessons for all grade levels and music appreciation.  As theater director, Mark is the musical producer/music director and one act director.  Mark is a graduate of North Dakota State University with a degree in Instrumental Music Education and a minor in Vocal Music Education.