Juneau, AK (KINY) - As the Perseverance Theatre continues to find ways to further improve after a financial scare, they have officially announced a new member of their team. Joshua Midgett will be joining as the new Management Director.
Midgett has been working the past few years as the general manager of the Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown WV. He spent much of his childhood in Juneau and was eager to return to the Capital City.
Midgett has an MA in Arts Management and a certificate in International Arts Management from the American University in Washington DC. He also completed a study in international business, tourism, management, and theatre at Victoria University in New Zealand in 2013. He also carries a BA from Keene State College in New Hampshire where he double majored in Theatre and Economics.
Midgett told us about how he became aware of the position.
"We at the CATF worked on a project with Perseverance and did a production called Not Madea with a rolling world premiere, which means that it starts in one theatre and goes to another two in the same calendar year. I came out and saw that production here in Juneau. I met with Art Rotch and he discovered that I grew up in Juneau and he was telling me about the needs they had. We had been flirting with the idea ever since."
Then Midgett had been found through another hiring agency, connecting him once again to Perseverance staff. This position will open up some time for Artistic Director Art Rotch.
"The theatre has had an executive artistic director, doing both positions at the same time and I think that Perseverance has grown (especially since they added Anchorage) to a level that you need someone focused on either elements year round. I think that adding that administrative focus, somebody that is really interested in building that community relationship and someone who can work with patrons and donators."
"The artistic quality is there and I'm excited that now Art will be able to focus on that entirely and then I can focus on the other side."
Midgett was also excited to be a part of Perseverance Theatre productions.
"One of the really exciting things about Perseverance is that it is small enough that I can contribute in the production arena as well. I went to undergrad as a conductor and choreographer and I know that they are really big at this theatre about letting everybody in the organization touch the art in some way, shape, or form and that's really important to me.
Find more information on the Perseverance Theatre by going to their website.