Perseverance Theatre (PT)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 1979, Molly Smith founded Perserverance Theatre, following her dream of starting a professional theatre company in her home town. Over thirty-five years, we've grown into a regional professional theatre, serving nearly 15,000 audience members, in both Juneau and in Anchorage, employing 150 artists, and working with 500 volunteers annually with classical, contemporary, and world premiere productions on our Main and Second Stages.
Today led by Executive Artistic Director Art Rotch, Perseverance has premiered over 70 new plays by Alaskan and national playwrights. We have received national coverage in American Theater magazine and on National Public Radio. Perseverance Theatre was born as a grassroots organization firmly rooted in our community and state. We occupy a unique place in the heart of Alaska's artistic, cultural, and social life. We are committed to developing artists, volunteers, audiences, and programming reflective of the Alaskan community, and to delivering the finest professional theatre anywhere to our loyal, local audience.