Perseverance Theatre’s mission is to create professional theatre by and for Alaskans. It values community engagement, cross-cultural collaboration, professional rigor, and regional voice.
The Theatre was founded in 1979 by Molly Smith as a theatre by, for and about Alaskans and today is led by Executive Artistic Director Art Rotch. Perseverance was born in Juneau—the state’s capital and a community of 30,000 that is only accessible by plane or boat.
Now into its fourth decade, Perseverance Theatre has grown into the state’s flagship professional theatre, serving nearly 15,000 artists and audiences annually with classical, contemporary, and world premiere productions on our main and second stages; education and training programs for youth and adults; statewide and national tours; and outreach collaborations with statewide artistic and social service groups. Perseverance Theatre is the resident theatre at the University of Alaska Southeast, and launched a subscription season in Anchorage.