We’d like to acknowledge that we are gathered here today on Dena’ina Ełnena, colonially known as Anchorage, Alaska. We are grateful for the stewardship and incredible care of this land by the Dena’ina, since time immemorial.

We recognize the series of unjust actions that attempted to remove the Dena’ina from their land, including the seizing of natural resources and the introduction of an influenza epidemic. We aspire to work toward healing and liberation, recognizing our paths are intertwined in the complex histories of colonization in Alaska.

We would also like to acknowledge that Perseverance Theatre is located on the sacred homelands of the Áak’w Kwán and T’aaku Kwáan, adjacent, on Lingít Aani, also colonially known as Douglas and Juneau, Alaska.

We are grateful to the Dena’ina, Lingít and all Alaska Native and Indigenous Peoples, for our ever-growing relations and collaborations with their leaders, elders, descendants, and organizations. Thank you for blessing us to continue the stewardship of our organizations on Native land.

We encourage our neighbors and friends to join us in the continued re-Indigenization of the field of theatre, as we decolonize, work towards our collective liberation, and become good stewards of our relationships, our community, our land, air, and sea.

Chin’an and Gunalchéesh!


Welcome to the UAA campus. We are excited to be partnering with Perseverance Theatre to bring you this performance of Little Women. This is an important partnership that allows us to use UAA space to support community theater and to host high-quality theatre productions open to the Anchorage community. The partnership also provides opportunities for UAA students to be involved in theatrical productions and provides Perseverance Theatre with high-quality resources and a top-notch performance space. The College of Arts and Sciences at UAA is particularly interested in continuing and expanding this relationship in support of student learning and education in the arts and humanities.

We are striving toward making the Fine Arts building at UAA a center for creativity, communication, discovery and performance. Our goal for the space is to expand student capacity, transform the learning experience and enhance the community’s engagement within the space. The confluence of disciplines housed within the building allows for a new Fine Arts experience that fully embraces a modern, multi-disciplinary approach to higher education.

We hope you enjoy our space and enjoy the program.

Dean Jenny McNulty, College of Arts and Sciences


I’d like to welcome you to the Mainstage Theatre and to this performance of Little Women. As you may know, this is our final year as an academic department, and we’re happy to be partnering with Perseverance to continue to offer our remaining students (and several of our alumni) opportunities they might not have gotten otherwise.

The announcement that our department would be eliminated happened just weeks before the arrival of COVID-19. Since then, our students have pushed through the difficulties and continued to learn and create: they adapted to new procedures and limitations on proximity, they sanitized chairs and props after they touched them and wore masks in rehearsals. They performed for cameras instead of live audiences, and they collaborated via computers, instead of in a shared space together. And many of them graduated and moved on with their lives, some in Alaska, some elsewhere, doing theatre and dance, or film or TV, or even pursuing other opportunities.

We have UAA theatre and dance alumni all over the place, doing all kinds of things, and it’s their training here that has set them up for success. I’ve told them that it takes real bravery to major in the arts, because people are always asking you, “what are you going to do with that?” or “how will you live?” People don’t think theater and dance are stable fields for a career, but over 5.4 million jobs in America are based in the arts and cultural industries. Corporations actively seek out theatre and dance students because they have the out-of-the-box thinking, collaboration, creative problem solving, public speaking, and people skills they are looking for.

Beyond all that, though, our students and alumni have empathy. They’ve stood in the shoes of characters who are very unlike them and they’ve had to ask the question, “how do I make this person come alive?” They’ve had to adjust their expectations, open their minds, listen, and observe. They’ve done this alongside other people who are different than them, and they’ve had to learn to work together, listen to each other, and learn to trust each other. They’ve taken risks together, made themselves vulnerable in front of each other, and more than anything else, they’ve supported each other. I am so very proud of all of them, regardless of where they are, what they’re doing now, or what they’ll be doing in the future.

We will be partnering with Perseverance on a second show (The Great Leap) in the spring, as well as creating our own final theatre and dance productions which will both happen in April. More information is forthcoming on our plans, but as we begin our final season, I’d like to dedicate it to our students and alumni. UAA will not be the same without them.

Dr. Brian E.G. Cook, Chair, UAA Department of Theatre and Dance


Welcome to Perseverance Theatre’s 44th Season in Partnership with the Department of Theatre and Dance, University of Alaska, Anchorage!

Louisa May Alcott said, “I want to do something splendid…something heroic or wonderful that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead…. and I mean to astonish you all someday.”

We are so proud and excited to share this Perseverance Theatre and UAA Department of Theatre and Dance co-production of Little Women adapted by Kate Hamill from the novel by Louisa May Alcott.

It is so fitting we are in a place of great examination and learning here at UAA and our Perseverance Theatre season planning process, that includes great inquiry, has us aligned to open our season in Anchorage with this new adaptation.

It is indeed astonishing to us all that Alcott’s book is still so beloved and the conversations still so crucial! How important this adaptation is at a time when we’ve elected Mary Sattler Peltola (Yu’pik), Alaska’s first woman to the House of Representatives! At this critical time, when womens’ reproductive rights are overturned and their freedom and ability to choose what is healthiest for their body, mind, and spirit is at risk, how fundamental it is that theatre keeps the issues of our time at the forefront!

Set during the Civil War as our country “...went to war….To war with itself….”, Little Women’s matriarch Marmie and her daughters struggle with societal scrutiny and the pressure to be “proper ladies.”       

Jo says, “If I were a boy, people would care more about what I could do rather than what I should do and I’d be thought a tremendous talent instead of a — a big ugly stone in the flower garden…”

During our technical rehearsals as the work of the talented, all-female design team, and a gender-diverse cast and crew, brought this production to fruition, Jo’s quote brought to mind more questions and I wanted to share and ponder them with you, our audience:

Should a person assigned “female” at birth be considered immature or inept if they are not fulfilling what society says is their gender role? From our gender-identities, how often do we default to what has always been and then struggle?

Jo: “...I never will be a woman like you…”, and Marmie replies, “...Jo–you don’t have to be.”  What can we achieve if we embrace our creativity and imaginatively rethink our roles, our worlds?

In our communities I am witnessing inclusivity that is leveling antiquated gender roles and liberating our imaginations to bring forth a just and equitable world. How will we support the Jo’s in our workplaces, homes, neighborhoods, and communities?

As 2022 comes to a close and we usher in 2023, I invite you to join me in my new years resolution of valuing gender-diversity and the women in our lives, their inventions, and all of their imagination and talent that will continue to bring our communities forward into a better world for our non-binary cousins, sisters, daughters, nieces, mothers, aunties, and grandmothers! My deepest gratitude to the “Little Women” and Louisa May Alcotts of the entire world for all of their splendid contributions!

Happy Holidays! We are here because of you and your support. Aatlein Gunalchéesh, Haw’aa, T’oyaxsn, Chin’an to you, our audience, for your support of Perseverance Theatre and our partner, UAA Department of Theatre and Dance!

Leslie Ishii, Artistic Director Perseverance Theatre

Perseverance Theatre and UAA Department of Theatre and Dance Present

Written by

Kate Hamill

Adapted from the novel by

Louisa May Alcott

Directed by

Cara Hinh

Scenic Designer Tekla Butcher-Monson

Costume Designer Colleen Alexis Metzger

Lighting Designer Kat C. Zhou*

Sound Designer Lucy Peckham

Dance Choreographer Gabriel Harvey

Fight Choreographer Frank Delaney

Intimacy Choreographer Hali Duran

Stage Manager Julia Bregy

Cast In Alphabetical Order

Maya Carter Meg March

Frank Delaney Mr. Laurence / Robert March

Grace Goodyear Amy March

Valorie Kissel Hannah / Mrs. Mingott / Messenger

Isaac Kumpula John Brooks / Parrot / Mr. Dashwood

Jack Scholz Theodore “Laurie” Laurence

Vivian Melde Marmee / Aunt March

Jiayi Ying Beth March

Ema Zivkovic Jo March


Lucy Peckham Music Arrangements

The Chamberliners

Katie Wasko-Klink Violin

Kyle Lindsey Viola

Brett Lindsay Cello

Zach Akins Bass

Kade Bissell Drums

Additional musicians

Rachel Morgan Piano

Mischa Shimek Electric Guitar

Celina Farmer Violin

Additional Production Staff

Robin Bidwell Anchorage Carpenter

Blake Blanning Anchorage Wardrobe Crew

Buzzy Ezell Anchorage Carpenter / Electrician

Derek Haukaas Anchorage VOD Audio Engineer

Brian MacMillan Anchorage Lead Carpenter

Shawn Main Anchorage Carpenter

Tekla Monson Anchorage Scenic Charge Artist

Ellie Moore Anchorage Carpenter

Daniel Norton Anchorage Electrician

Yéilyádi Olson Anchorage Carpenter / Electrician

Donna Strait Anchorage Carpenter / Electrician

Joe Tapangco Anchorage Carpenter

Kira Weiler Costume Shop Assistant

Lida Zakurdaew Costume Shop Assistant

Special Thanks

TBA Theatre, Martin Severin, Rick Zelinsky, Abby Alley, Katie Walter, Tara O’Hanley, and UAA Disability Student Services for providing ASL translations.

About the Playwright

Kate Hamill is a playwright and actor based in NYC. For the last three seasons she has been included on the most produced playwright list in American Theatre Magazine. Her most recent work includes the virtual production of Badass Galboss Power Hour for Primary Stages; Dracula at Classic Stage Company; the New York premiere of Little Women by Primary Stages (commissioned and received its world premiere at The Jungle Theater in Minneapolis); and Mansfield Park which was commissioned by and debuted at Northlight Theater. This past season she debuted Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson-#2B at Kansas City Rep and Emma at The Guthrie.

Kate’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility (in which she originated the role of Marianne Dashwood) had its world premiere off-Broadway, produced by Bedlam. Sense & Sensibility was named one of the “Top Ten Plays of 2014” by both Ben Brantley of the New York Times and by the Huffington Post, which called it “the greatest stage adaptation of this novel in history.” It reopened in New York in January of 2016 at the Gym at Judson where it ran for almost 300 performances.

Sense & Sensibility had its regional debut in spring 2015 at Dallas Theater Center. It has been produced at the Folger Theatre in Washington DC (four Helen Hayes awards), The Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis and theaters around the country.

Her adaptation of Vanity Fair debuted at The Pearl Theater in 2017 with an extended run and was seen in a co-production between Shakespeare Theater in DC and American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.

Her adaptation of Pride And Prejudice started at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in a production that moved to Primary Stages, in an extended production. Pride And Prejudice received an Off Broadway Alliance nomination for Best Unique Theatrical Experience. The play was also seen at WaterTower Theater in Addison, TX and Seattle Rep and has now been licensed nationwide.

She is currently working on an adaptations of The Odyssey which will be produced by ART, as well as several new original plays, including The Piper (2019 O’Neill NPC finalist; PlayPenn selection) and The Prostitute Play (developed at Cygnet Theater).

More information at

Profiles In Alphabetical Order

Daniel J. Anteau (Associate Lighting Designer) is currently a Professor of Lighting Design at the University of Anchorage Alaska.  Dan’s Lighting has been seen across the US from Alaska, Hawaii, to New York City.  Dan fancies himself a dreamer, and a storyteller with light.  When not in the theatre you will find him with his family enjoying the great outdoors of Alaska.

Julia Bregy (Stage Manager)(she/her/hers) is a graduate of Suffolk University in Boston. She is so excited to be reunited with Cara on this project. She would like to thank Helen and the cast for all of thier hard work on this production. Julia would also like to thank her parents and family for all of their support. New York: DiscOasis NYC (Constellation Immersive), Proud Ladies (James William Productions). Regional: Measure for Measure (Fiasco Theatre/Actors Theatre of Louisville) Christmas Carol (Actors Theatre of Louisville) The Wolves (Actors Theatre of Louisville) Fun Home (Speakeasy Boston) International: Little Mermaid (Metta Theatre London) I Do Need Me (Metta Theatre) I’m Not a Bit Like a Clown (Metta Theatre)

Maya Carter (Meg March) is an interdisciplinary performer + theatre-maker + teaching artist based in Brooklyn, NY—on the unceded land of the Lenape People. Maya is thrilled to debut at Perseverance Theatre with this incredible company + creative team! Performance credits include: Ruth Younger in A Raisin in the Sun (Sharon Playhouse), Gum-Gum in It Will Rise Soon Enough (Lenfest/Columbia), and The Pilot in Grounded (Irondale). Offstage, Maya strives to prioritize ease + creative liberation while facilitating the emergence of new plays and devised work. Developmental projects include: Tanya’s Lit Clit with ExB (Dramaturg), Elle S’envoie with Linked Dance Theater (Co-Creator + Director), and For Home Amusement (Deviser/Ensemble Member). Maya sends an ocean of gratitude to family + friends + ancestors + mentors + english teachers. BFA: Theatre Performance: Hofstra University. Feel free to connect on Instagram: @maya_n_carter.

Frank Delaney (Mr. Laurence / Robert March / Fight Choreographer) (he/they) see leadership pg 23.

Hali Duran (Intimacy Choreographer) studied at the International Ballet School, Colorado Conservatory of Dance, and the University of Colorado, Boulder.  Notable local production credits include directing for La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall’ isola di Alcina, Juneau’s Got Talent, choreography for Where the Summit Meets the Stars, Fun Home, West Side Story, Next to Normal, Whale Song, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Sweeney Todd, and was a performer in productions of A Wolf Called Romeo, Guys and Dolls, Chicago, and Princes Sophia. She studies at Intimacy Directors and Coordinators and is a member of the Juneau Capital Civic Center Partnership board.

Mary Giles (Props Master) graduated from the Theatre program at UAA in 2018. Though primarily a stage manager, she is thrilled to be the properties manager for Little Women. Other design credits include And Then There Were None (properties) and New Dances (lighting). Her stage management credits include Into the Woods, Metamorphosis, Stalking the Boogeyman, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Shaula: Queen of the Universe, Tiny Beautiful Things, and The Play That Goes Wrong. Outside of theatre, Mary has a practice as a Kinleiner and is the worship director at Kaleo Church.

Grace Goodyear (Amy March)(they/them/theirs) is a mixed-media artist with theatrical training from the National Theater Institute (Waterford, CT) and Willamette University (Salem, OR), where they hold a BA in Women’s & Gender Studies. They continue to learn how to create and advocate for braver spaces through theatrical intimacy and consent-based practices (TIE, IDC, ICOC), as well as devise performances using projections, sculptures, and short writings. Grace is excited to be making their Perseverance Theatre debut, previously having worked with many theater companies in Alaska as well as Oregon and Michigan. Recent theatrical performance credits include Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. (WUT), No Exit (Dir. Caroline Gschwind), an/ (one’s) ivory tower (NMUT), Stinky Kids: the Musical (CTC), Dead City (WUT), and Shakespeare in Hollywood (ACT).

Gabriel Harvey (Choreographer) Founder and Creative Director of Underground Dance Company out of Anchorage Alaska has over 24 years of experience in the dance industry as a competitive dancer, team & theatre choreographer, and competition judge. He believes strongly in the ability of dance to enrich the lives of his students, the audience, and his community. Gabe has sent numerous teams to national competition stages, brought widely respected entertainment to local charitable events, produced community centered engagements, and promoted compassion, hard-work, and dedication throughout his career.  His choreography specialties include Broadway, Hip-Hop, Pom, Street Style Jazz, Tap, and Contemporary styles.

Cara Hinh (Director)(she/they) is an Indiana-born queer, fat, mixed Viet theatre maker currently based in Brooklyn. They rejoice in work that speaks to the complicated and messy intersectionalities of holding a multiplicity of cultures and identities. Recent select credits include Buried Ruins with the Sng Collective, love you long time (already) at Atlantic MixFest and Transfer/Associate direction of Sanctuary City at Arena Stage and Berkeley Rep. Prior, Cara has been a Drama League Hangar Fellow, part of the Roundabout Directors Group, a Directing Apprentice at Actors Theatre of Louisville, SDC Observer on Hadestown and a Fellow at Baltimore Center Stage.

Valorie Kissel (Hannah / Mrs. Mingott / Messenger)(she/her/hers)is an Alaskan actor born and buttered in Juneau. She earned her masters from the New School for Drama in NYC and continues exploring with the Michael Chekhov School. Most recently, she’s romped “onstage” as Helena in Theatre Alaska’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and can be found next in Juneau Ghost Light Theatre’s production of Puffs in the new year. She’s eternally grateful to the wonderful cast&crew, mom&dad, Em, CVSB, and TCM for their unceasing love&support!

Isaac Kumpula (John Brooks / Parrot / Mr. Dashwood) (he/him/his) is a local Anchorage actor and life-long Alaskan joining Perseverance Theatre onstage for his first time. A graduate of UAA, he has earned his bachelors in Theatre Performance and has enjoyed putting it to use in recent productions of The Play that Goes Wrong (Jonathan), The Rocky Horror Show (Riff Raff), She Kills Monsters (Chuck Biggs), and as the Red Baron Dante Fortunati with Anchorage’s 3 Barons Renaissance Faire. Isaac is also a long-practiced saxophonist, avid hiker, and sometimes author of poems that will never see the light of day. When not avoiding conventional approaches to livelihood, he owns and operates a general contracting business with his partner and fellow actor Aaron.

Vivian Melde (Marmee / Aunt March)(she/her/hers) In February 2022, Vivian debuted with her first Perseverance Theatre show in Juneau with The Brothers Paranormal. As a life-long actor, dancer, and singer, Vivian first stepped on stage in Anchorage at the age of 10 years old.  Dance led to musical theater and contemporary works with Eccentric Theater Company, Cyranos, Anchorage Community Theatre, Alaska Festival Theatre, Alaska Light Opera Theatre, and ACT Dance Ensemble.  Vivian was a community performer for UAA’s Theatre and Dance since the late 1970s, and is excited about returning to UAA’s Mainstage venue.  Numerous performance productions have given her an opportunity for international travel, including Russia, Lausanne, Switzerland, Victoria, BC,  Amsterdam, The Hague, and Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Most recently before Covid shutdown in Anchorage, Vivian was a principal player with the Saturday Storytelling Theater at the Anchorage Museum.  Vivian retired from a career as an environmental consultant in 2018 and enjoys exploring her vast “backyard” in the Chugach Mountains and beyond with her husband, Pete, grandkids Giani and Henry, her dog, Taz and granddog Coco.

Colleen Metzger (Costume Designer) Colleen’s costume design and technology work has taken her across the country. Previous design works include Steel Magnolias (Perseverance Theatre), Machinal (University of Alaska Anchorage), Newsies: The Musical (Utah Festival Opera), and Why Torture is Wrong, and The People Who Love Them (Cornell College). She has been a theatre professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage for the past ten years. Please visit

Tekla Butcher-Monson (Scenic Designer) is a Fairbanks based designer and dog musher. Tekla graduated with a degree in Theater from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. She worked in theater design for two years in New York City before returning to her home to Alaska. Her latest NYC set design credits include: The Neon Coven’s OSCAR at The Crown at 3 Dollar Bill, Access Theater’s Maverick at The Connelly, Onomatopoeia Theater Company’s The Picture of Dorian Gray at The Gene Frankel Theater and Everyday Inferno’s Quicksand at IRT Theater. Tekla is currently the general manager and lead musher/guide at Trail Breaker Kennel.

Lucy Peckham (Sound Designer) would like to say “It’s absolutely wonderful to be a part of Perseverance Theatre!”  Regional credits: Betrayal, Our Town, Annapurna, In the Next Room, and others, (Perseverance Theatre) Hello, Dolly! (TBA Theatre), Alaxsxa|Alaska (Ping Chong & Co.) Europe (Thalia’s Umbrella) The Boiler Room (Old Globe Theatre; Drama-Logue Award)  International: Arjuna’s Dilemma (One World Theatre, Kathmandu, Nepal)  Film/TV: Alaska’s Marine Highway (360 North/PBS)

Jack Scholz (Theodore “Laurie” Laurence)(he/him/his) is delighted to make his Perseverance Theatre debut in Little Women. His most recent roles include Friar Francis (and a slew of supporting characters) in Much Ado About Nothing, Gerald in An Inspector Calls and Tommy in Blue Ticket. He credits UAS drama classes with whipping him into shape, as well as learning from Leslie Ishii in the Alaska Summer Theatre Intensive. Aside from acting, Jack has also played percussion for musicals such as The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Next to Normal, and performs as the drag queen Ripley Rose. When he’s not on or around a stage, you can find him on a paddle board or clacking away at a keyboard working on his book. He wants to thank his partner Ryan for putting up with his rehearsal schedules and for always supporting his passions.

Jiayi Ying (Beth March) (she/her/hers) is a New York-based actor. Born in China and raised in Belgium and the US, she now considers New York home. Most recently, she was Mary in Not Paul (Blue Otter Theatre), Michelle in Al Pacino Eyes (The Players Theatre), and Renata in Miss Memphis (Rogue Theater Festival). She first visited Alaska in 2019 for a friend’s wedding, and was awed by the glaciers, seals, and vast nature she saw. She’s excited and humbled to be back this time as part of the March family. She is a long-time student at HB Studio and, in her spare time, throws clay around a wheel.

Kat C. Zhou (Lighting Designer) is an NYC-based lighting designer for theatre, dance, and opera. She is delighted to be making her Perseverance/UAA debut with Little Women. Recent credits: The Butcher Boy (Irish Repertory Theatre), Mr. Fullerton, Between the Sheets (Gloucester Stage), X: the Life and Times of Malcolm X (BMOP/Odyssey Opera), KIN (WP Pipeline Festival), BLKS (Speakeasy Stage, Elliot Norton Award for Best Design), and Wolf Play (Company ONE). She holds an MFA in lighting design from Boston University and an AB in mathematics from Harvard College. More info:

Ema Zivkovic (Jo March)(they/them/theirs) is an immigrant actor, choreographer, writer, and bartender. They have worked on productions at the Drama League, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The TEAM, The 24 Hour Plays, The Hangar Theatre, Target Margin Theatre, Colt Coeur, National Theatre Institute, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Public Theatre, and many more. They are a proud alum of the British American Drama Academy & Sarah Lawrence College. For more juice & if you’d like to be Ema’s agent, reach out through Instagram @donut_cry__joe, or the soon-to-be-finished website

UAA Department of Theatre and Dance
Faculty and Staff

Dr. Brian E. G. Cook Associate Professor and Department Chair

Daniel J. Anteau Professor

Dr. Jill Flanders-Crosby Professor

Colleen Alexis Metzger Associate Professor

David Fink Scene Shop Supervisor

Kaie Promish Costume Shop Manager

UAA College of Arts and Sciences

Jenny McNulty Dean

Meghan Owens Student, Academic & Divisional Support
for the Fine Arts

Perseverance Theatre Staff

Leslie Ishii Artistic Director

Frank Delaney Managing Director

Rio Alberto Director of Marketing &Engagement

Joseph W. Biagini Associate Producer

Tristan Cameron Arts Administration Apprentice

Erik Chadwell Technical Director / Facility Manager

Bryan Crowder Bookkeeper

Kylie Ferguson Artistic Apprentice

William Todd Hunt Juneau Master Electrician

Joshua Lowman Associate Managing Director

Lucy Peckham Anchorage Audio Engineer

Bradley Perkins Interim Development Director

Richard Perry Company Manager

Betsy Sims Juneau Audio Engineer

Salissa Thole Administrative Assistant

Laura Wallrath Juneau House Manager

Shelly Wright Costume Shop Manager

Elgee Rehfeld, LLC Accounting & Financial Advisor

Alaska Technical Solutions IT Support

Perseverance Theatre board of directors

Joe Bedard President

Allison Holtkamp Vice President

Eric Vang Secretary

Indra Arriaga Member-at-Large

Susan Churchill Member-at-Large

Terry Cramer Member-at-Large

Liz La quen náay Medicine Crow Member-at-Large

Ericka Lee Member-at-Large

About  Perseverance Theatre

The mission of Perseverance Theatre is to create professional theatre by and for Alaskans.

Perseverance values community engagement, cross-cultural and cross-racial collaboration, professional rigor, and regional voice. Alaska is full of stories and characters that aren’t found anywhere else in the world. Perseverance is committed to creating theatre that represents all that is great about Alaska, and to bringing great live theatre to our Alaskan audiences.

Perseverance Theatre believes theatre-going creates shared experiences for our communities, which foster empathy, build relationships, and cultivate communication skills, and in the process better equip us all to solve problems together and create more vital and just communities.

In 1979, Molly Smith founded Perseverance Theatre, following her dream of starting a professional theatre company in her hometown. Over forty years, Perseverance has grown to serve 20,000 audience members, in both Juneau and in Anchorage, employ over 400 artists, and engage 300 volunteers annually to produce a season of classical, contemporary, and world premiere productions on our stages.

Perseverance believes that professional theatres play a vital role in training and cultivating the next generation of artists and audiences. The theatre’s education department produces extensive education and training programs, including Summer Theatre Arts Rendezvous (STAR), mainstage student matinees, and season-long internships.

Perseverance has premiered more than 70 new plays by Alaskan and national playwrights. Perseverance has a national profile, known for its commitment to developing artists and engaging programming reflective of the highly diverse communities of Alaska, to deliver the finest professional theatre anywhere to our loyal and local audiences.

Perseverance Theatre Leadership

Frank Delaney (Managing Director) After completing his MFA in acting Frank worked as a fight choreographer and actor throughout the Midwest. He returned to Alaska to work on Othello at Perseverance. Born and bred in Anchorage, Frank is excited to have the opportunity to help lead Perseverance into it’s next chapter. He has more than twenty years of experience in the IT world as a manager, technician, and project manager. That work took him to every corner of the state. As an actor and choreographer some of the companies Frank has worked within addition to Perseverance Theatre include Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Shawnee Summer Theatre, Midnight Summit Ensemble, the Know Theatre, Cyrano’s Theatre Company, and Anchorage Opera.

Leslie Ishii (Artistic Director) is a leader in the American Theatre in many capacities. (Stage Director) Perseverance Theatre: Upcoming, The Great Leap, and Voyager One, Devilfish, Silent Sky, We Hold These Truths; East West Players: Takarazuka!!!, Taking Flight: The Katherine Cheung Story, Crimes Of The Heart; Artists At Play: 99 Histories; productions at UC, Irvine, USC, CSLA; Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Founder/Director of API 2x2 Lab New Works Residency, Dramaturgy, FAIR Assistant Director Program Recipient; and where she began, Northwest Asian American Theatre. (Actor) Broadway, other regional theatre—Penumbra Theatre Company, Theater Mu, El Teatro Campesino, American Conservatory Theatre, and South Coast Repertory to name a few. She has also appeared in TV and film. (National Scope) Board President: Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists; Co-Founder National BIPOC/BITOC Coalition/Commons for the sustainability of artists and theatres of color; Board Member/Membership Committee: National New Play Network; Steering Committee: Anchorage Arts Group; Co-Chair of Coalition Building/Website Subcommittees: Professional Non-Profit Theatre Coalition; BIPOC Advisory Circle and co-facilitated the launch of the E/D/I Institute: Theatre Communication Group; Core faculty, artEquity working throughout the US with arts and culture organizations.

Original Founders

Alaska Community Foundation


Alaska Coastal Real Estate

Alaska Ship Chandlers

Chevron Company U.S.A.

Bruce & Sharon Denton

Don Abel Building Supply

First National Bank of Anchorage

Gross Alaska Theatres

Juneau Travel

Miner Publishing

Kitty Mullins

Pomtier, Duvernay & Horan

Rasmuson Foundation

SOHIO (BP Exploration)

Larry Spencer& Carola Thompson

Foundation Sponsors

Alaska Community Foundation

Anonymous Family Foundation

Atwood Foundation

Richard L. & Diane M. Block Foundation

Charlotte Martin Foundation

Douglas-Dornan Fund of the Juneau Community Foundation

Houston In Action

Juneau Community Foundation

National New Play Network

Pride Foundation

Rasmuson Foundation

Sealaska Heritage Institute

Shubert Foundation

University of Alaska Foundation

Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF)

Government & Civic Organization Sponsors

City & Borough of Juneau- (Major Grant through the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council)

City & Borough of Juneau Youth Activities Board

Connie Boochever Endowment

National Endowment for the Arts

US Small Business Administration

Alaska State Council on the Arts

Business Sponsors

Alaska Airlines

Alaska Auto Repair

Alaska Waters, Inc.

Alaska Railroad Corporation

Alaska Technical Solution

Alaska’s Capital Inn Bed & Breakfast

Alaskan Brewing Company

Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center

Anchorage Night Out

Art Sutch Photography & Digital

Avis Alaska

Baranof Hotel/Four Point by Sheraton

Bauer/Clifton Interiors

Baxter Bruce & Sullivan P.C.

Broken Tooth Brewing Company

The Canvas Community Art Studio

Coastal Helicopters

Coeur Alaska – Kensington Mine


Cycle Alaska

Douglas Café

Driftwood Hotel

Elgee Rehfeld, LLC

El Sombrero

Fred Meyer (Kroger Co.)

Glacier Auto Parts

Goldbelt Tramway

Gross Alaska Cinemas

Heritage Coffee Roasting Company

Historic Skagway Inn

Home Depot

IBEW – Local 1547

In Boca Al Lupo

Island Pub

Juneau Arts & Humanities Council

Juneau Dance Theatre

Juneau Mediation Center

Juneau Pro-Choice Coalition

Juneau Self Storage Management

Juneau Symphony Orchestra

Kindred Post

Lemon Tree Café

Louie’s Douglas Inn

Merrill Lynch

MRV Architecs, PC

Northern Alaska Tour Company

NorthStar Trekking

Northwind Architects, LLC

Nugget Alaskan Outfitter

Oscar Gill House


Rainforest Yoga

Robe Lake Lodge


Sandpiper Café

Suwanna Thai Cafe

Seong’s Sushi Bar

Shattuck & Grummett

Silverbow Inn

Specialty Imports

Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises

Taku Smokeries

Triangle Club

V’s Cellar Door

Valley Medical Center

Valley Paint Center

Wells Fargo

Westmark Fairbanks

White Pass &Yukon Route Railway

Yak & Yeti Café

Individual Sponsors

Producers $10,000+

Frank Delaney
An Anonymous Donor

Directors $5,000+

Robert and Susan Churchill*

Terry Cramer*

James Hoagland

Julie Kristin North

Chris and Bob Urata

Leslie Ishii and Wesley Mann

Designers $2,500+

David Hitz

Leon Shaul and Kathleen Jensen

Amanda and Anthony Mallott

Ann and Mac Metcalfe

Gail and Jan Sieberts

Anne and Doug Standerwick

Playwrights $1,000+

Carole Anderson

Jean Ann and Jim Alter

Alexandra Barsekian

Bruce Conant

Susan Cox

Leslie Daugherty

Gary Fournier & Kathleen Rhea

Chelsea Gagnon

Kathleen Harper and Bo Anderson

Michelle Hurtubise

Cheryl Ikemiya in Honor of Leslie Ishii

Adelaide Johnson

James and Shannon Keene

Denise Koch

Stanley Lujan

Steve McKeever and Nancy Wainwright

Patricia Partnow

Virginia Ragle

Susan Reilly

Phyllis Rude

Demian Schane

Jackie Schulz

Josephine Stiles

In Memory of Larry Spencer

Ensemble $250+

Erika Bergren

Darian Biagini

Gretchen H. Bishop

Judy and Chris Bockmon

Alicia Brown

Marsha Buck

Jean Butler

Portia Carney

Annie and Bud Carpeneti

Dave Clausen

Julie Coppens

Laurie Craig

Amber DeBardelaben

Frank Delaney

Peg Faithful and Bob Hume

Leah Farzin

Madeleine Grant

John Greely and Marla Berg

Dora Gropp

Constance Harris

William Todd Hunt

Bronze Ickes and Martin Phelan

Jill Jaeckel in Honor of Justic Humphrey

Lyle and Kolene James

Frank and Stacy Katasse

Terry Kelly

In memory of Ryan Norman Staton

Sue Koester

Brennon Land

Andrew Leman

COL. (Ret.) Audrey Lewis

Roby Littlefield

Richard Martinko

Marjorie Menzi and Bill Heumann

Jean Overstreet in Memory of Bill Overstreet

Katie Perry

Verena Reed

Deborah Rudis

Leon Shaul and Kathleen Jensen

Gina Spartz in Memory of Tom Linklater

John Staub and Stephanie Hoag

Terry Tavel

Jessica Tullius

Joseph L. Ver and Mary Riggen-Ver

Allison*, Jake, and Henry Waid

Ben Williams

Musicians Up to $249

Lizzie Acuna

Deane Adams

JoMarie Alba

Kevin Allen

Jayne Andreen

Jane Barnes

Tom and Sheila Barrett

James L. Barron

Grace Hutson

Patsy Bearden

Vivian Bearden in Memory of Sharon Lowe

Joel Bennett and Ritchie Dorrier

Brenda Bergsrud

Nathaniel Berry

Francis Bickford

Inua Blevins

Taryn Bliss

NorthWind Architects

Mary Borthwick

Kate Bowns and Mike Peterson

David and Dom Boyer

Linda Brandenburg

Kweku Brewoo

Benjamin Brown and Nicholas DeHart

Glen Burger and Mary DeSmet

Marian Call

Dan Cannon

Jack Cannon and Jamie McLean

Megan Carlson

Bing Carrillo

Tresvant Causey

Mike Christenson

Robert and Susan Churchill*

Christopher Clark

Susan and Jim Clark

Marylynn Clyne

M. Susan Condon

Anne Connelly

Tamara Cook

Jeffrey and Kayti Coonjohn

Carolyn H. Covington


Jean Daniels

Karen Darnell

Shirley Dean

Terra Dean Stark

Nancy DeCherney

Benjamin Brown and Nicholas DeHart

Alexandra Di Suvero

MaryCait Dolan

Suzanne Downing

Amy Dressel, MD

Alexander Drummond

Hali Duran

Lisa Eagan-Lagerquist

Ginny Eckert

Marian Eiben

Margritt A. Engel

Kayla Epstein

Brita Fagerstrom

Terri Fagerstrom

Jacque Farnsworth

Robin Riley Fast

Erika Frankel

Anne Fuller and Michael Sakarias

Sharon Gaiptman

Myra Gilliam

Jane Ginter and Bob Coghill

Daniel & Wendy Glidmann

Bill Glude

Mary Grande

Susie Hackett

Ellen Harju

Elisabeth Hauser

Beverly Haywood

Brandy Hebert

Sheri L. Heritage

Jeffrey Herrmann and Sara Waisanen

Patrice and James Higgins

Nicole Hill

Marianne Holtkamp

Lily Hope

Peggy Horton

James Houck

Dave Hunsaker and Annie Caulkins

In Loving Memory of Steve Wolf

Sarah Isto and Gordon Harrison

Julie Jensen

Nancy L. Jones

Emily Kane

Diane Kaplan

Barbara Karl

Carmen Katasse

Kevin Keith

Senator Jesse Kiehl

Wendy Kilpatrick

Conor Kincaid

Doris Kirchhofer

Mary Knopf

Nobu Koch

Lisa Kramer

Teresa Kriletich Bruce

Linda Kruger and Jeff Gnass

Kathryn Kurtz

Elizabeth Lafleur

Laurie Lamm

Sara Lamont

Annie Landrum

Nathan Larson-Alexander

William Leighty

Sante Lesh

Sarah Lewis & Sean Boily

Maureen Longworth & Lin Davis

Carmen Lowry

Peter Macdougall

Reid Magdanz

MoHagani Magnetek

Amanda and Anthony Mallott

Meg Marsh

Jenny McBride

Marcia and Craig McKenzie

Shauna McMahon

Scott and Denice McPherson

Nancy McWilliams

Liz La quen náay Medicine Crow

Robin Merritt

Nellie Metcalfe

Christopher Metz

Joshua Midgett

Mark and Esther Millea

Catrina Mitchell

In Honor of Sarah Brownstein

Roman Motyka

Kayla Mount

Kimberly Naylor

Bonita D. Nelson and Ron Heintz

Jay W. Nelson and Rachel Stewart

Jo Ann Nelson

Julie Nelson

Julie Neyhart

Julie Kristin North

Eric Olson

Vicki Bassett and Eric Olsen

Lester Padilla

Daniel Parks

Catherine Perry

Arthur H. Peterson

Caryl Pines Curry in Honor of Irene Martinko

Amy Pinney

Mark Pipkin

Sara Poor

Barb Potter

Don Poulton


John and Margaret Pugh

Jenny Pursell in Memory of Betsy Pursell

Linda Rabideau

Kenny Ramos

Glenn Ray

George and Deb Reifenstein

Sarah Ribeiro

Constance Riker

Ilene Risley Sackett

Katy Ritter

Bonnie Robinson

Margaret (Peggy) Robinson

Martha Robinson

Linda Rosenthal

Arthur Rotch

Joseph Roth

Susan Sacaloff

Mike Sakarias

Rachel Samuelson

Carl and Sue Schrader

Bonnie and Edward Shanley

Barbara Sheinberg

Don and Sherry Shiesl

Gail and Jan Sieberts

Sandy Harris and John Sivertsen

Jeff and Susan Sloss

Beverly Smith

Jennifer Smith

Sally Smith

Sara Smith

Elise Sorum-Birk

Cindy Spanyers

Larri Spengler

Anne and Doug Standerwick

Michael Stark and MJ Grande

Jennifer Stryker

Geran Tarr

Sue Ellen Tatter

Brenda Taylor and Joe Roth

Louise Taylor

Emily Thompson

Shelaine Thompson

David and DJ Thomson

Michael Tobin

Michael and Mary Tullius

Chris and Bob Urata

Monika Walker

Laura Wallrath

Charles and Anne Ward

Tom and Sharon Warren

David Waters


Jennifer Weinlaeder

Peggy and Alex Wertheimer

Marc Wheeler

Laura White

Jetta Whittaker and Rob Steedle

Karen Wood

Stefan Zijlstra

Gleb Zimmerman