Art Rotch

Artistic Director

Art has worked in Alaska theatre for twenty five years, and is in his 6th season as Artistic Director at Perseverance Theatre. He holds a BA in history from Harvard and a MFA in theatre from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. His home is in Juneau with his wife, Akiko Nishijima, who is also a theatre artist.  As Artistic Director at Perseverance, Art has commissioned half a dozen plays, and produced the premieres of Battles of Fire and Water (performed in Russia, English and Tlingit) by Dave Hunsaker and The Blue Bear by Luan Schooler and Leon Ingulsrud. Art is a set and lighting designer, one of only a handful of designers to lead a regional theatre. He has designed dozens of productions for Perseverance, Anchorage Opera and many more Alaska producers; for regional theatres including People’s Light and Theatre Company, Sacramento Theatre Company, Aspen Opera Center; and, in New York City, Juilliard, Epiphany, and The Manhattan School of Music. Art is a member of the National Theatre Conference (, and is a graduate of the Foraker Group’s Catalyst for Non Profit excellence program. Art was recently selected as one of 50 arts leaders from around the world by National Arts Strategies to participate in their Chief Executive Program, which is designed to equip arts executives with ways to thrive in a changing world ( Art has served as a grant panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, and the Rasmuson Foundation, as a member of the stearing committee for the Alaska Cultural Trust, and as a reader of new plays for the Playwrights Center of Minneapolis, Alaska Native Playwrights Project, Native Voices at the Autry. Thank you for your interest and support of Alaskan theatre. 

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