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 with Perseverance. Born and bred in Anchorage, Frank is excited to have the opportunity to help lead Perseverance into its 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. In addition to his MFA Frank also has a Master’s degree in Information Systems. As an actor and choreographer, some of the companies Frank has worked with in addition to Perseverance Theatre include Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Shawnee Summer Theatre, Midnight Summit Ensemble, the Know Theatre, Cyrano’s Theatre Company, and Anchorage Opera.

Artistic Director

Leslie Ishii, Artistic Director, Perseverance Theatre (PT), has directed at PT and throughout the US at regional and university theatres; at Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF): API 2x2 Lab New Works Residency, Founder/Co-Producer, Dramaturgy, FAIR Assistant Director Program Recipient and co- facilitation of OSF’s E/D/I/A Initiative with artEquity; Native Voices at the Autry in Dramaturgy and many more. As an actor, Leslie has worked throughout the regional theatre and with legacy theatres of color, on Broadway, and in Film/Tv. (National Service) Professional Non-Profit Theatre Coalition (PNTC): Coalition Subcommittee Co-Chair, advocating for Federal Funding; Consortium of Asian American Theatres & Artists (CAATA): Board President and CAATA hosts the National BIPOC Theatre Networks Coalition/Commons (Co-Founder); National New Play Network: Board Member, Strategic Planning Co-Chair; artEquity, original core-faculty working throughout the US to support anti-racism/anti-bias/JEDIA training to transform arts and culture organizations; New England Foundation for the Arts: Theatre Capacity Building Grant Recipient for the Sunrise Prayer Project; Tsuru For Solidarity: Art Action Co-Chair, Workgroup/Child and Family Detention Campaign. (Affiliations & Awards) United States Artist Fellow, 2022-23; SDCF Zelda Fichandler Directors Award Finalist, 2021; Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Integrity Award; NEA Grant Panelist; National Theatre Conference Member; Stage Directors and Choreographers’ Union E/D/I Standout Moments, 2016, 2017; Doris Duke Charitable Foundation National Theatre Grant Recipient; James P. Shannon Leadership Institute; Los Angeles County Teachers Making A Difference Award; Union membership: SDC, AEA, SAG-AFTRA

Associate Producer

Rio Alberto is a Chicano artist and educator based in Spokane, Washington. Raised in central Washington, Alberto relocated to Chicago to work and study theatre and lighting. Since then, Rio has worked across the country as an artist and educator, and has performed in Man of La Mancha (Sancho Panza), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Leaf Coneybear), and Titus Andronicus (Chiron). Most recently onstage in the world premiere of “Devilfish” from celebrated Tlingit playwright and author Vera Starbard, Rio is currently Associate Artistic Director for the Spokane Ensemble Theatre. 

Development Director

Benjamin Brown is a lifelong Alaskan who currently serves as Development Director at Perseverance Theatre, where he is a long-time company member having first performed in the 1996 production of Death of a Salesman directed by Molly Smith.  Brown has been a member of the Alaska Bar Association since 2002, was an attorney in private practice for many years, and has worked for all three of the State of Alaska's governmental branches.  Brown has served as Chairman of the Alaska State Council on the Arts since 2007, is Chairman of Women & Children’s Health Associates (a nonprofit that provides scholarships to young Kenyans pursuing education in medical fields) and is currently President-elect of the Greater Juneau Chamber of Commerce.  Brown received his diploma from Palmer High School, bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and juris doctor from Northeastern University School of Law.

Arts Administration Fellow

Noa Carlson (she/her) is honored to be an apprentice at Perseverance Theatre. In love with theatre and the study of the living world (biology), she feels blessed to have the opportunity to work in Tlingit Aani. Born and raised in St. Paul, MN, she found great interest in all things theatrical, beginning as an actor in her middle school production of The Music Man to stage managing her high school’s production of Mary Zimmerman’s The Secret in the Wings.

She ventured to Los Angeles, ready to experience consistent sun, where she graduated with a B.A. in Theatre & Performance Studies and Biology at Occidental College. After performing as lady in brown for a senior’s comprehensive project that focused on creating a space for women of color to heal together through the work of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls who considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, Noa excitedly embraced theater as a means of community gathering and healing. In her senior year, she explored what it takes for land to become home by exploring themes of migration, creation stories, and indigeneity through her one-woman play A Land Unknown, Remembered. She looks forward to continuing that work through stories and action.

She is grateful to have worked with Penumbra Theatre and Mixed Blood Theatre in the Twin Cities this past year on various projects related to Black racial healing and community work, respectively.

Technical Director / Facility Manager

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Juneau Master Electrician

Todd Hunt spent his formative years in stage lighting running lights for the 80s cover band NEXXT in Louisville, KY and finally got some actual training while in graduate school for orchestral conducting at Indiana University. In Juneau, he has been Perseverance Theatre’s Master Electrician off and on since the 2000 production of Wild Nights with Emily, and often helps out other local companies. Todd’s lighting designs have been seen in Juneau most recently by the audiences of West Side Story, L’Orfeo, Alcina, La Bohème, and most recently with PT’s STAR performances this past summer.

Production and Company Manager

Risa Kurosaki is a multi-disciplinary theatre artist from Los Angeles specializing in live entertainment logistics and management. She is dedicated to allyship and assisting in equity, diversity, and inclusion in the performing arts and invested in the future of arts and culture by and for the people. Risa is proud to work and serve with Perseverance Theatre. Her credits include: Our So Called Loved Ones (World Premiere), Seamless, Question 27, Question 28, The Four Immigrants, Escape from Godot, 40 Watts From Nowhere, The Nest: An Immersive Experience, Una Mama con Cero en Conducta, and The Great Leap (Perseverance). 

Associate Managing Director

Josh Lowman is a writer, director, actor, photographer, filmmaker, projection designer, and occasional manager. Perseverance Theatre credits include Co-Directing This Wonderful Life with Leslie Ishii; Projection Design for Rush at Everlasting, Treadwell Gold, and The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity; as well as video capture and editing of several Perseverance Prodictions over the last three years. Acting credits include Gordon/Dwight in Cyrano's production of Dead Man's Cell Phone, Reggie Massy in The Beekeepers, various indie short films, and over 30 TV commercials over 30 years. Writing and directing credits include several plays for the One-Minute Play Festival and his short film Standards of Karen. Prior to joining Persevance Theatre he also had brief stints as a birthday clown, Branch Manager for Wells Fargo and National Bank Alaska, and board member for AIGA Alaska, Alaska Dance Theatre, and the Alaska chapter of the American Diabetes Association.

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Administrative Assistant

Salissa Thole is a proud woman of Hawaiian, Black, and Filipino descent. She is a local Juneauite, who is blessed to call both Alaska and Hawaii her home. She is a wife and a mother of two beautiful sons. Salissa is grateful to work with Perseverance Theatre, wearing a ‘different hat’ and joining the incredible behind the scenes team, as Administrative Assist.>

She most recently performed in Theatre Alaska’s World Premiere of Sisters of White Chapel, and Neighborhood Cabaret. Last appearance on stage (pre-Covid) was Juneau Ghost Light Theatre's (JGLT) production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee as Marcy Park. Other Stage Credits include Perseverance Theatre’s (PT) productions of Sweeney ToddChicago, Bigfoot and Other Lost SoulsYeast NationMuch Ado About NothingThe Last Five Years, The Who's: Tommy, and Hair. Juneau Lyric Opera's productions of I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change and Hairspray. Juneau Douglas Little Theater's (now known as JGLT) production of Five Lesbians Eating A Quiche. She was Irene Adler in the KTOO’s and JGLT’s collaboration of Sherlock Holmes Radio Mystery. Salissa is currently in two bands, Brown Sugar, and Gamble & the High Costa Living, who perform music gigs throughout Southeast Alaska. Last band gig was the Blues Brothers Concert 2022. She performed for the KRNN Show, Waayy Off Broadway; and for the Duke Ellington Show, which was a Black Awareness Association & Juneau Cabaret collaboration. She has sung for Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations annually; and has performed many times for Juneau Cabaret and Jazz Divas. She won 1st Place in the 2020 Juneau's Got Talent Competition presented by Juneau Dance Theater; had the honor of being a solo singer for A.W.A.R.E.'s Women of Distinction Gala 2020; and has performed for various other local community events. Salissa has been blessed with performing professionally for over 16 years, starting with PT back in 2006. Upcoming performance is Theatre in the Rough’s adaptation of Witch, opening this Fall 2022.

House Manager

Laura hails from Port Arthur, Texas and Walnut Creek, California. She drove up to Juneau in 1995 with a friend who had designed hats for Perseverance. A three-month visit has turned into “forever.” She was told of the excellent plays Perseverance Theatre produced. She ushered for every show for the first 5 years and since spring of 2000, has been greeting patrons at every show.  Laura is excited to see all patrons come through the doors and watch the shows. She strives to make sure our guests’ needs are met whether it’s changing your seats or slipping you a cough drop. She likes to say "Perseverance feeds my soul."