Perseverance Theatre announced the hiring of new managing director Frank Delaney and interim artistic director Leslie Ishii. (Courtesy Photo | Perseverance Theatre)

Perseverance Theatre announced the hiring of new managing director Frank Delaney and interim artistic director Leslie Ishii. (Courtesy Photo | Perseverance Theatre)

Perseverance Theatre announces 2 new hires

Theater fills interim artistic director and managing director roles

There’s a new managing director and interim artistic director for Perseverance Theatre.

The theater announced Wednesday that Frank Delaney will take over as managing director, which was a role filled for one season by Joshua Midgett. Leslie Ishii will serve as interim artistic director following the departure of Art Rotch, who served in that capacity for more than a decade.

Ishii has a 10-year history with Perseverance Theatre and has served as a teacher, consultant and director.

She is slated to direct “Devilsfish” this August.

“I’m thrilled and excited to have Leslie Ishii join PT as interim artistic director,” said Perseverance Theatre Board President Joe Bedard in a press release. “Leslie brings an energy and a passion to her artistry that can only be eclipsed by her drive to respect, to learn, and to deeply understand the myriad of cultures and perspectives she encounters in her work.”

After completing his master’s degree in acting, Delaney worked as an actor and fight choreographer throughout the Midwest.

“Outgoing managing director Joshua Midgett came into a situation with urgent fires to put out and helped us fortify the financial position to make administrative practices more streamlined for staff,” said Rotch in a press release. “Now, with Frank Delaney, PT has a very mission-driven managing director who is deeply committed to making professional theatre by and for Alaskans a dynamic reality.”

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