Photo of NDstrong-Matthew Maldonado and Eric Thoemke wearing suits


General Artist Information

Name: NDstrong – Matthew Maldonado and Eric Thoemke
Artist Discipline: Media
Grade Level Preference: K-12
Geographic Availability: Statewide - International
Fee per-day: Project-based
Phone Number: 701-721-0001
Web site:


NDstrong is a small group of creative folks dedicated to the art of film making and visual media.  Our mission is to educate and inspire students to explore the production of film throughout the state of North Dakota. 

Teaching Philosophy

NDstrong’s teaching philosophy is based on the development of literacy and social skills, public behaviors, and personal development through the film making process.  As students produce their own films, Matt and Eric provide instruction that addresses English Language Arts and National Arts standards, and processes that encourage collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking.  From storyboards to writing, directing, acting, and producing, Matt and Eric’s residencies are sure to engage students, teachers, and entire communities!

Sample Residency Information

Residency Title:  Caught in the Act

Grade Level: K – 5. 

Duration: 5, 1 hour lessons


Acting is portraying a character. During this residency, students will learn basic behaviors that will enable them to step into the shoes of different characters. Actors Matthew Maldonado and Eric Thoemke will take students out of their comfort zones and help them portray these roles, create a storyboard, and learn basic skills for filming and producing their own video.

Day 1: Acting Exercises

  • Voice Skills

  • Body Language

  • Eric vs. Matt "Challenge"

  • Tree Tag

Day 2: Creative Writing

  • Eric vs. Matt "Script"

  • Storyboard

  • Application of Day 1

Day 3: Camera Integration

  • Camera Activity

  • Participation

Day 4&5: Production

Videos of NDstrong Artist in Residence Projects

Bishop Ryan Catholic School 3rd grade residency:

"The Championship" video,; and a "Behind the Scenes" video,

In the News

News report on NDStrong's residency at Bishop Ryan school in Minot: