Kathy Hanson grew up in Moorhead, MN where she discovered her love for the arts. Whether singing,
dancing, writing or acting, she was privileged to learn from a community of extraordinary educators with
vision and skills to match. From the early years at Trollwood and Red River Dance and Performing
Company, under the direction of Kathy and Eddie Gasper, Kathy was immersed in studying and
performing ballet, tap, jazz and musical theatre and eventually became a soloist with RRD&PC. She went
on to attend the University of Denver, with a Marketing/Finance major, while continuing to study dance and perform in Denver and Minneapolis after college.
Over the last 20 years, Kathy and her husband have raised their two daughters, Audra and Eve, in Fargo,
ND. She is co-founder of Wheelhouse Theatrical Productions (formerly Music Theatre Fargo-Moorhead)
and has performed in numerous productions with Wheelhouse, Act Up, Phipps Dance Theatre
(Minneapolis), FMBallet, NDSU, Carousel Dance Theatre, Dakota Civic Theatre (Minneapolis) and FMCT.
Kathy is jazzed to return to teaching at Gaspers, where Kathy and Eddie Gasper first encouraged her to
be an educator. Since then she has choreographed many musical theatre productions with FMCT,
Moorhead Community Ed, Fargo Public Schools, Theatre B, NDSU and Trollwood. “Mentoring individuals
from young too old is a joy; there is nothing like watching an artist grow and push boundaries to tell you a story through movement, music, poetry, etc. I am grateful for having the opportunity to be part of that
process.” – Kathy Hanson