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Fairmont Opera House, Inc. and the Board of Directors are excited to announce the hiring of a new Executive Director, Blake Potthoff of Fairmont, MN. Potthoff is a 2010 graduate of Martin County West High School in Sherburn, MN and a 2014 graduate of Luther College in Decorah, IA.

Potthoff has been active in theatre productions from a young age. He began his acting career in Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre performances, sponsored by the Martin County West Community Education and Recreation program. As he grew older, Potthoff began taking part in high school productions at Martin County West High School. It was also during this time that he became an active member in Civic Summer Theatre. Civic Summer Theatre provided Potthoff with the first opportunity to perform on the Opera House stage during the production of “The Music Man”. He is now a ten-year veteran performer in the Civic Summer Theatre organization.

During his college years, Potthoff worked with student led theatre organizations at Luther College as a set designer and builder. In 2014, Potthoff graduated from Luther College with a Major Degree in Vocal Music Performance and a Minor Degree in Religious Studies.

Following college, Potthoff moved back to Fairmont to live on his family farm outside of Fairmont. It is there that he currently resides with his wife, Megan.

Recently, Potthoff has worked as the Stage Manager and the Technical Director for the Fairmont Opera House. He has been responsible for working with the acts that perform at the Fairmont Opera House to ensure that their sound, lighting, and stage requirements were fully addressed.

Blake and his wife, Megan, recently were the Directors for the 2016 Children’s Theatre performances of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “The Reluctant Dragon”, respectively. They worked to educate the students in stage performance, light and sound design, and costume design. The Potthoffs successfully led a group of 75 kids throughout the week of the camp.

In his spare time, Potthoff serves as a Martin County West Junior High School Football Coach and a Varsity Assistant Coach. He also is active in his church, First Congregational UCC of Sherburn, where he serves as a councilman and Lay Pastor.

In this position, Potthoff will continue to promote the Fairmont Opera House mission and deepen the impact of the organization in the community.

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