A Letter from Artistic Director Art Rotch

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Dear Friends,

We are as shocked and saddened as anyone to learn of the serious allegations regarding one of our actors, Jack Dalton. The fact that Mr. Dalton is alleged to have preyed on a child, while participating as an actor in a play that depicts the damage such behavior does to families and communities, adds to the difficulty of making sense of what to do next.

Here is Vera Starbard’s thoughtful, heartfelt response.

The theatre has great partners in the behavioral health field that supported our production and our artists involved in the play, and we’ve been in contact to confirm they will help us again as we deal with the aftermath of this news.

Most of all, we are reminded that the play Vera Starbard wrote describes a community in the aftermath of discovering an abuser and their victims, much as we are now. This news is affirming–if gut wrenching–of the need to speak up and call for an end to the cycle that perpetuates predatory behavior and creates new victims. The need to speak is the same as the need to support, to end isolation created by silence, to call for healing.

We are not alone, none of us is alone, as long as we share our true hearts.

Regarding our next steps:

As an arts organization dedicated to telling stories in the form of theatre, we do not judge, but leave that to the legal system.

We are not counselors, but recommend those services where needed. In Juneau, Perseverance is grateful for the services of SEARHC and AWARE. In Anchorage, STAR and the Alaska Children’s Trust provided invaluable support during the making of Our Voices Will Be Heard.

Most of all, we support our playwright, Vera Starbard, in her efforts to make theatre that is true and effective at bringing to life on the stage the Alaska that she loves. We support all of the writers and artists, especially actors, who put so much of themselves into creating worlds for us to experience. We support our audiences and communities with what we make. Particularly when we make worlds of Alaska come alive on stage, we seek to make those worlds as true as we can: Sometimes funny, always loving, sometimes frightening, and never alone, because theatre is always a shared experience between us as storytellers, and our community in attendance.

As we seek understanding and a path forward, we do so in community with you. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Art Rotch
Artistic Director, Perseverance Theatre

STAR 2016

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STAR 2016

Summer Theatre Arts Rendezvous

Rehearsals and performances at Perseverance Theatre

Summer Theatre Arts Rendezvous (STAR), Perseverance Theatre’s five-week youth acting program, provides theatrical training and performance opportunities to students who are excited about theatre.

It is time to register for Perseverance Theatre’s Summer Theatre Arts Rendezvous! Work with local and out-of-town professional directors and designers on one of three exciting shows. This five-week program is perfect for young actors who are committed to theatre and performance. As a theatre training program, STAR is a great opportunity for young people with little experience. In addition to rehearsals, students will participate in daily workshops on voice, movement, and acting technique. Students aged 10-18 will perform one of three plays: the musical Singin’ in the Rain JR., a modern adaptation of Sophocles’ Antigone, or Extreme Theatre!, an original piece using improvisation, physical theatre, and playwriting.

STAR runs June 27 through July 31. Tuition is $450.

The Plays:

Singin’ in the Rain JR.

Adapted by Betty Comden and Adolph Green from their original screenplay

Songs by Nacio Herb Brown

Lyrics by Arthur Freed

Join director Dawn Kolden in this humorous and uplifting story about love and stardom. As silent films are being replaced with talkies, starlet Lina Lamont is faced with the challenge of making her nasally, high-pitched voice more appealing to the ear. A different arrangement is worked out when fellow actor, Don Lockwood, convinces their film producer to hire another actress he admires, Kathy Selden.

Antigone

Adapted by Greg Banks from Sophocles’ play of the same title
Join director Doniece Gott in a modern and lively retelling of Sophocles’ Antigone, the tragic story of a young woman’s fight for justice. The unshakable Antigone, determined to give her deceased brother a proper burial against the orders of her equally headstrong uncle, must confront a steadily darkening fate. This play addresses morality, family, sacrifice, and rebellion.

Extreme Theatre! 

Seattle-based actor and playwright K. Brian Neel brings his extreme talents to Juneau for the STAR program. He uses physical improvisation to create bold and visionary theatre performed all over the world. Join him in combining physical theatre, Viewpoints, playwriting, and improvisation to create an extreme devised show.

Rehearsals:

Monday, June 27-Friday, July 22

MondayFriday, 10am-2pm and 1-5pm

 

Performances:

Friday, July 22-Sunday, July 30

 

Rehearsal/Performance Location:

Perseverance Theatre

 

Who:

Students ages 10-18

 

Registration:

To register, call Tom Robenolt at 907-364-2421, ext. 226.

 

Cost:

$425 if payment is received before May 27, 2016. Tuition after that date is $450.

 

Payment and Refund Policy: If the student is accepted to the program, pays and withdraws before June 10, 2016, 50% of the tuition will be refunded. No refunds thereafter.

 
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Perseverance Theatre 2016-2017 Anchorage Season

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Peter and the Starcatcher
By Rick Elice based on the book by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
September 30 – October 16, 2016
The Neverland you never knew.
13-year-old Molly Aster adventures with pirates, a giant crocodile, and lots of angry Mollusks as she and three orphan boys attempt to return a trunk of precious star-stuff to her father. Pursued by a mustached pirate captain and his sidekick Smee, Molly searches for her father and makes some startling discoveries about herself, while the orphans take up residence on the island where dreams are born and time is whatever you wish it to be.

Not Medea
By Allison Gregory
(An NNPN Rolling World Premiere)
November 11-20, 2016
A classic story of modern motherhood.
A tired mother finally gets one night to herself. She escapes to the theatre but becomes part of the performance and reveals the secret of her past. She is not Medea, but a contemporary riff on the Greek classic that asks surprising questions about motherhood, marriage, adoption, and how our actions impact our children. Surprisingly funny and tragically honest, Not Medea is the show you did not know you meant to see.

A Christmas Carol
By Arlitia Jones and Michael Evan Haney based on the book by Charles Dickens
December 16-29, 2016
An Anchorage Holiday Tradition.
Witness Ebenezer Scrooge’s miraculous Christmas Eve transformation in our own adaptation of Dickens famous book. Ebenezer Scrooge is a greedy businessman, with no place in his life for kindness, compassion, or charity, destined to a lonely old age. But when four ghosts appear and warn him of a miserable afterlife, Scrooge is reminded of all the chances he had before to make different choices. Charles Dickens classic tale of redemption never ceases to please.

Hold These Truths
By Jeanne Sakata
January 6-15, 2017
The nail that sticks out gets hit.
Gordon Hirabayashi always knew he was different. When he was a young man in 1943, and Japanese-Americans were being moved into camps, Gordon chose to fight US Government action rather than obey an order he felt was unlawful. His experiences in the courts and camps of the time sparked his passion for the U.S. constitution, and his belief in our duty to uphold it. This is his true story.

They Don’t Talk Back
By Frank Henry Kaash Katasse
(A World Premiere produced in Association with Native Voices at the Autry and La Jolla Playhouse)
March 3-12, 2017
Two Tlingit cousins come of age.
When 17 year-old Nick takes a floatplane from Juneau to live with his grandparents in their village, his arrival means changes for his fisherman grandfather, his cousin Edward who hasn’t spent much time outside the village, and his Desert Storm-veteran father. Just as these Tlingit men are adjusting to their new lives together, the boys’ grandmother delivers shocking news. A world premiere portrait of a modern Alaska family.

To Kill a Mockingbird
By Christopher Sergel, based on the book by Harper Lee
April 28 – May 7, 2017
A compelling classic with urgent relevance.
Young Scout watches her father, the lawyer Atticus Finch, defend a black man accused of a horrible crime. Can Atticus secure justice for his client in this racially charged case, or does his influence have limits? Will the family pay an unacceptable price if he tries? See Harper Lee’s beloved tale of a young lawyer and his family testing their limits and the unwritten laws of their time.

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Perseverance Announces 2016-2017 Anchorage Auditions

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Perseverance Theatre invites actors to open auditions in Anchorage at the Alaska Dance Theatre for the 2016-2017 season. Fifteen-minute audition slots are available from 12-5pm, Sunday, April 10. Audition sides will be available. If you would like to audition for a specific show, you can request audition sides to be sent to you in advance. To be considered for Peter and the Starcatcher, bring 16 bars of a musical theatre song to be sung without accompaniment. Please also bring an artistic resume and a headshot or recent photo.

To sign-up for a 15-minute audition slot or to request specific audition sides, contact Lizzie Buchanan: elizabeth@ptalaska.org or (907) 364-2421, ext. 221.

PRESS RELEASE – Perseverance Theatre Bring Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room, or the vibrator play to Anchorage

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:            Joshua Lowman, Perseverance Theatre
(907) 364-2421 x237          joshua@ptalaska.org
Art Rotch, Perseverance Theatre
(907) 364-2421 x229          art@ptalaska.org
Perseverance Theatre presents In the Next Room, or the vibrator play by Sarah Ruhl in Anchorage at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.

March 25, 2016 – Perseverance Theatre presents In the Next Room or the vibrator play, by Sarah Ruhl. The play takes place at the dawn of the age of electricity and with that a groundbreaking piece of technology.  The perfect gentleman and inventor, Dr. Givings has created a device to treat “hysteria” in his patients by inducing “paroxysms” that attract the attention of his wife, who hears the sounds of success through the walls of his operating theatre.  Meanwhile, Mrs. Givings struggles with a new baby and her own urgent desires.  This modern comedy of manners is full of exploration and fulfillment.

Production Schedule and Tickets
The production runs from Apr. 15-24, 2016 in the Sydney Laurence Theatre at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts located at 621 w 6th in Anchorage, Alaska. Tickets are available now at the Centertix box office, online at Centertix.net or by calling 907-263-ARTS (2787). There is a Pay-As-You-Can Preview on April 14, 2016 at 7:30pm.

Cast and Crew
Perseverance Theatre has put together a wonderful team of mostly Alaskan artists to bring a play that, we think, audiences will find truly electrifying.
Sarah Ruhl is one of the most produced American playwrights of the last two decades.  Her plays have appeared all over the United States and internationally, Perseverance Theatre last produced a Sarah Ruhl play in 2010 with Eurydice.  Sarah Ruhl’s plays include In the Next Room, or the vibrator play (Pulitzer Prize finalist, Tony Award nominee for best new play), The Clean House (Pulitzer Prize Finalist, 2005; The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, 2004); Passion Play, a cycle (Pen American award, The Fourth Freedom Forum Playwriting Award from The Kennedy Center); Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Helen Hayes award)Melancholy PlayEurydice; OrlandoDemeter in the City (NAACP nomination), Late: a cowboy songThree Sistersand most recently, Stage Kiss and Dear Elizabeth.
Carolyn Howarth returns to Perseverance Theatre, she last directed Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.  She makes her home in Grass Valley, CA.  Her directing credits include productions at The Colorado, Lake Tahoe, and Sierra Shakespeare Festivals, Capital Stage, and 15 seasons with the Foothill Theatre Company.  Previous directing credits at Perseverance Theatre include The Importance of Being Earnest.  As an actor she has performed in over 50 productions with FTC, ranging from classics to new works.  Other credits include appearance with the Jewish Theatre of San Francisco, the B Street, Sacramento Theatre Company, the Lake Tahoe and Sierra Shakespeare Festivals, and the Maxim Gorky Drama Theatre in Vladivostok, Russia.  Carolyn is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
The cast includes four Juneau actors; Christina Apathy will play Mrs. Givings and Katie Jensen will play Anne the nurse. Enrique Bravo and James Sullivan, the actors in Residence at Perseverance Theatre will play Leo Irving and Mr. Daldry.  Margeaux Ljungberg, who last performed at Perseverance in Oklahoma, is back from Skagway to play Mrs. Daldry.  Tiffany Cooper joins us from Anchorage to play Elizabeth.  It is her first show at Perseverance.  These 6 Alaskan actors are joined by Torsten Hillhouse from New York.  Torsten has worked all over the country at regional theatres including American Repertory Theatre and New York Classical Theatre.  This is his first performance at Perseverance but he recently worked in Sitka at the Sitka Arts Camp in 2011.
The creative team includes: Art Rotch as scenic and lighting designer, Clare Henkel as costume designer, and Lucy Peckham as sound designer

In the Next Room, or the vibrator play Fact Sheet

WHAT: Perseverance Theatre presents In the Next Room, or the vibrator play by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Carol Howarth.

WHEN:  April 15-24, 2016 (Opening Night: 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 15).  Performance times: 7:30 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Thursday, April 14  there will be three pay-as-you-can preview at 7:30pm.

CAST AND CREW
Dr. Givings – Torsten Hillhouse*
Catherine Givings – Christina Apathy*
Sabrina Daldry – Margeaux Ljungberg
Mr. Daldry- James Sullivan
Annie – Katie Jensen
Elizabeth – Tiffany Cooper*
Leo Irving – Enrique Bravo*
Scenic Design— Art Rotch
Costume Design— Clare Henkel
Lighting Design— Lauren Miller
Sound Design— Lucy Peckham
Stage Manager – BJ Brooks
* Actors Equity member

WHERE: Sydney Laurence Theatre at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, 621 W 6th Ave Anchorage, AK 99501.

TICKETS: Tickets to In the Next Room, or the vibrator play are now on sale and range from $15-$49.25 and are available at the Centertix box office, online at centertix.net, or by calling 907-263-ARTS (2787). Discounts are available for Military, Seniors, and Students. $15 RUSH Tickets are available for all performances starting 30 minutes before show time only at the Centertix box office.

PR: Josh Lowman, Perseverance Theatre 907-364-2421 ext. 237 or joshua@ptalaska.org. (This phone number and email are not for publication.)

PHOTOS: Email joshua@ptalaska.org for photo availability or to schedule a photo shoot.

Perseverance Theatre 2015-2016 Season Sponsors are: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Atwood Foundation, Benito and Frances C. Gaguine Foundation, Charlotte Martin Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Shubert Foundation, Alaska State Council on the Arts, The City & Borough of Juneau, The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, Alaska Airlines, Juneau Empire, 800 KINY – 630 KJNO – MIX 106 – TAKU 105 – 1330 KXJ, KTOO-KXLL-KRNN, Anchorage Dispatch News, Alaska Experience Theatre, Alaska Public Media, and Anchorage Press.
Sponsors for In the Next Room or the vibrator play are Alaskan Brewing Co., Altman, Rogers, and Co., Haight and associates, Heidi Reifenstein Design, The Prospector Hotel.
Founded in 1979, Perseverance has grown to produce a season of classical, contemporary and new plays, including over 70 world-premiere productions, for audiences in Juneau and Anchorage, reaching 24,000 attendees annually, employing over 400 artists from across Alaska, and engaging 200 volunteers. Perseverance Theatre believes theatre going creates community by fostering empathy, relationships and communication skills, thereby creating more vital and cohesive communities. Perseverance Theatre’s mission is to create professional theatre by and for Alaskans. For more information on Perseverance Theatre visit www.ptalaska.org, or follow Perseverance Theatre on Facebook.com/PerseveranceTheatre.

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Actor Tiffany Cooper Makes a Case for Theatre in Alaska

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Tiffany Cooper. Photo courtesy Vo Photograpy.

Tiffany Cooper. Photo courtesy Vo Photograpy.

Earlier this week, actor Tiffany Cooper who plays Elizabeth in the current PT production of Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room, or the vibrator play, (running through Saturday, April 2), visited the KTOO studios with our actor-in-residence James Sullivan to talk about the play and the ways that theatre supports the community, and our community in turn supports Perseverance Theatre. Tiffany is an accomplished Broadway and television actress, she is a resident of Anchorage, and also a donor to Perseverance. We thought she spoke so eloquently on Juneau Afternoon, that we asked her to jot down her thoughts for us for the blog. Here’s what Tiffany has to say:

I support Perseverance Theatre because it brings Alaskans together to share an experience that may be beautiful, funny, moving, thought-provoking, or hopefully at least diverting. And in an age when most of our communication happens in front of a screen, I think that this gathering function of theatre is, in and of itself, something that matters.

 

One of the things I love about Perseverance is that theatre contributes to education and literacy. Watching characters talk back and forth in the theatre is tricky; it requires sharp attention, quick mental shifts, and nimble language skills. It teaches us about human motivation and psychology.

 

For me, the bottom line is that Perseverance supports and hires artists throughout the state. It’s not just a small town theatre company. It’s an organization that brings artists together from across Alaska to present theatre statewide.

Thank you, Tiffany! See Tiffany and the rest of the cast of In the Next Room, or the vibrator play, through Sunday April 2nd in Juneau. The play opens April 15 in Anchorage at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.

Creating the sounds in the next room, part 2.

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Recently, we’ve been in conversation with sound designer Lucy Peckham about her work on In the Next Room, or the vibrator play. You can read our first post where she discusses her original compositions.

Today, Lucy tells us about the research she did for In the Next Room.

As soon as I knew I’d been given the opportunity to design for the show, before I’d even read the script, I put “antique vibrator” in a search engine, and low and behold! There’s a museum dedicated to the history of this niche instrument.
The Antique Vibrator Museum is located in San Francisco, CA. I emailed to ask if they would allow me to visit after hours to record the sounds of the vibrators for use in the play. My email was forwarded to Dr. Carol Queen, an educator with the Center for Sex and Culture, and a docent at the museum. She said she’d be glad to help, but they have never tried to plug in or turn on any of their museum pieces, so she couldn’t guarantee that they worked, especially not the older ones. I decided it was worth the risk, and in October, I flew to San Francisco to visit the museum with my recording gear. There I met Carolyn Howarth, our director, and before the museum opened for the day, we met Dr. Queen, and started recording vibrators.
The first vibrator was designed for direct current but not labeled that way, and blew the outlet when we tried it. Ooooops! Fortunately, the rest of the Vibrators were clearly labeled for alternating current, and we were able to record them with little difficulty. There was one small problem–The Eskimo Vibrator, circa 1920, gave our brave guide, Dr. Queen a couple clearly audible shocks as it ran, so she quickly shut it down… Fortunately, she was not harmed, and her sacrifice is put to good use in the sound design. In the scene where the vibrator on stage malfunctions, I was able to use the sounds of the shocks she received as part of the cue.
Carolyn and I had a wonderful visit with Dr. Queen, hearing, seeing, and learning about the real vibrators of the time. What you will hear in the theatre is REAL, which is always my goal as a sound designer.

Here’s a clip of one of Lucy’s recordings that made it into the play.

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New Class Starting at The Drama School at Perseverance Theatre

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Improvisation

Monday Night Series: March 21, March 28, and April 4, 2016

$200                        Adult and High School                       6-9pm

This fun, high-energy class will help both beginning and intermediate actors. Improvisational games, exercises, and long-form improv help the actor think quickly and creatively. Learn how to integrate improv into scene work, build teamwork skills, and make courageous choices onstage. Instructor James Sullivan performed long-form improvisation for 5 years at Chicago’s ImprovOlympic and is currently a Perseverance Theatre Actor-in-Residence.

For more information or to register, please contact Shona Osterhout at (907) 364-2421 ext. 232 or shona@ptalaska.org

Creating the sounds in the next room, Part 1

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Actors in rehearsal. Torston Hillhouse, Christina Apathy, and director Carolyn Howarth during rehearsal.

The play in rehearsal. Actors Torston Hillhouse and Christina Apathy in conversation with director Carolyn Howarth.

Theatre is an amazing collaboration among artists–not just playwrights, directors, and actors. Here’s a note from our sound designer, Lucy Peckham about the music she composed for In the Next Room, or the vibrator play.

“As a composer, each show presents a unique challenge. For In the Next Room, or the vibrator play, the three pieces of music heard within the play express the emotional evolution of a character receiving treatments for her hysteria. The first is child-like, the second, heartfelt, and the third, bittersweet. The playwright indicates that the music is “made up” by the character. I wrote all three pieces for piano, and they are played for the show by Mischa Shimek and Rob Cohen on piano, Michael Sakarias on Hammer Dulcimer, and by me on my computer on pipe organ and synth harp. The music of the preshow, intermission and post show walkout are solo piano works from the great composers of the late 19th and very early 20th Century.”

 

Here is an excerpt of the second piece in the play, “A Sad Little Tune #2” composed by Lucy Peckham, and performed by Rob Cohen.

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3RD Alaska One-Minute Play Festival

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The One-Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) and Perseverance Theatre present

THE THIRD ALASKA ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL

TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY: MONDAY APRIL 18, & TUESDAY APRIL 19 AT 7:30pm

AT:

THE SYDNEY LAURENCE THEATRE
AT THE ALASKA CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
621 West 6th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501

Tickets are $22.25 ($16 + $3.25 Ticket Fee and $3 MOA fee) and available at

The Centertix Box Office, Centertix.net or by calling 907-263-ARTS (2787)

GET TICKETS

Featuring Brand New One-Minute Plays by:

 Carey Seward, Andréa Onstad, Richard Perry, Linda Billington, Joshua Lowman, Vera Starbard, Holly Stanton, Allen Bailey, Gregory Aldrich, Toby T Widdicomb, Tom Moran, Lucas Rowley, Matt Jardin, Mark Muro, Joshua Maxwell, John Parsi, Jason Hodges, Maia Nolan-Partnow, Caleb Wyatt Bourgeois, Geoff Kirsch, Colby Bleicher, Peter Porco, Jerry McDonnell, Dawson Moore, Amy O’Neill Houck, Marleah LaBelle, Diane Benson, David Crowson, Ron Holmstrom, Shelly Wozniak, Daniels Calvin, Kyra Meyer, Mollie Ramos, Jill Bess, Rebecca Bastien, Joshua Branstetter, Matt Collins, Mara Crossett, Andrea Staats,  Nathan Hall, & more!

 Directed by:

 Teresa K Pond, Dawson Moore, Jill Bess, John Parsi, Joshua Lowman, Richard Perry, Sara Athans, & more!

 Curated by 1MPF’s Dominic D’Andrea

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The One-­Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) is America’s largest and longest running grass roots theatre company, founded by Producing Artistic Director, Dominic D’Andrea. #1MPF is social barometer project, which investigates the zeitgeist of different communities through dialogue, consensus building, and a performance of 50-100 short moments generated by each community. #1MPF works in partnership with theatres and/or social organizations sharing playwright, educational, or community-specific missions across the country. The aim is to create locally sourced playwright-focused community events, with the goal of promoting the spirit of radical inclusion. #1MPF represents playwrights of different age, gender, race, cultures, and points of career. The work attempts to reflect the theatrical landscape of local artistic communities by creating a dialogue between the collective conscious and the individual voice.

 In each city, #1MPF works with partnering organizations to identify programs or initiatives in each community to support with the proceeds from ticket sales. The goal is to find ways give directly back to the artists in each community. Supported programs have ranged from educational programming, youth poetry projects, theatre program in prisons, playwright residencies and memberships, playwrights salaried commissions, community access projects, arts workshops, and other social and artistic initiatives.

Annual partnerships have been created with theaters in over 20 cities including: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Trenton, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Baltimore, Boston, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Seattle, Dallas, Austin, Indianapolis, Anchorage, Honolulu, St. Louis, and more, with partnering institutions like Primary Stages, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Second Stage Uptown, New Georges at New York City Center, Z-Space, A.C.T., Trinity Rep, Victory Gardens Theatre, Cornerstone Theatre Company, The Playwrights Foundation, Boston Playwrights Theatre, Actor’s Express, InterAct Theatre, Mixed Blood, Walking Shadow Theatre, Passage Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Kitchen Dog Theatre, Salvage Vanguard & ScriptWorks,  ACT Seattle, Perseverance Theatre, Round House Theatre, Honolulu Theatre For Youth, and others.

Notable #1MPF contributors have included: David Henry Hwang, Lynn Nottage, Neil LaBute, Tina Howe, Donald Margulies, Nilaja Sun, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Robert Schenkkan, Lydia Diamond, Phillip Kan Gotanda, Kristoffer Diaz, Rajiv Joseph, Sam Hunter, Karen Hartman, Robert Askins, Colman Domingo, José Rivera, Craig Lucas, Mike Daisey, Greg Kotis, Michael John Garcés, & over to 1400 celebrated, emerging, and midcareer playwrights.  For more information visit: www.oneminuteplayfestival.com

PERSEVERANCE THEATRE, founded by Molly Smith in 1979 in Juneau. Thirty eight years later, Perseverance has grown into a leading professional theatre in Alaska, recognized both statewide and nationally for its programming, training and development that’s reflective of the Alaskan community, including over 70 world premieres of plays by Alaskan and national playwrights. Perseverance Theatre’s mission is to create professional theatre by and for Alaskans. We value community engagement, cross-cultural collaboration, professional rigor, and regional voice. In 2012, Perseverance launched the initiative to begin performing a season of plays in Anchorage as a resident company in the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Find more information on Perseverance Theatre at www.ptalaska.org. You can also follow Perseverance Theatre at facebook.com/PerseveranceTheatre and Twitter.com/PTalaska