Perseverance Theatre welcomes new
managing director Joshua Midgett

Perseverance Theatre, Alaska’s professional regional theatre company, has hired Joshua Midgett as its next managing director. Midgett will join the company’s leadership team this fall as Perseverance launches its 40th season, reporting to the Board of Directors alongside Art Rotch, who’s transitioning from his longtime role as executive artistic director to that of artistic director.

“I’m looking forward to working with Art as a partner, so that both sides of that coin”—the business and the art of running a theatre company— “can get the attention they deserve,” Midgett said.

A dynamic up-and-comer in the field of nonprofit theatre administration, with childhood ties to Juneau, Midgett has been general manager of the Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University, in Shepherdstown, W.V., since 2015. In 2014 he earned his M.A. in arts management and a certificate in international arts management from American University in Washington, D.C.—where, not coincidentally, one of his faculty mentors was former Perseverance Theatre manager Jeffrey Hermann. Midgett completed a study program in international business, tourism management, and theatre at Victoria University in New Zealand in 2013, and earned his B.A. from Keene State College in New Hampshire, double-majoring in theatre and economics. He’s worked in production and company management for a wide range of regional theatres, including Utah Shakespeare Festival, Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, N.Y., and GALA Hispanic Theatre in Washington, D.C.

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