After a nationwide search, Perseverance Theatre has announced that Elizabeth Davis has been hired to succeed Jeffrey Herrmann as the theater's sixth managing director.
Art Rotch, chair of the search committee and the theater's new artistic director, said, "We are very fortunate to find such a capable leader who is also an Alaskan arts administrator with experience working at Perseverance Theatre. I met Elizabeth when I came to Juneau 20 years ago, and know her to be highly intelligent, well-organized, great with people in all situations, and an eloquently outspoken advocate for the arts. I am as happy as can be to partner with her as we move into the theater's fourth decade."
Davis has lived in Alaska most of her life and has developed as an artist at Perseverance Theatre. She returns to Juneau after having recently completed a two-year intensive program at The London International School of Performing Arts, studying Lecoq-based actor-created theater with Thomas Prattki and Amy Russell. She has worked both on stage and behind the scenes as a performer, costume designer, stage manager, and administrator. She holds a dual teaching degree in elementary and special education from the University of Alaska and Western Washington University, and taught in the Juneau School District for 10 years, working as an advocate for arts education in the public schools. She has also directed children's theater productions.
"I am thrilled to be returning to Juneau, my hometown, and to be returning to Perseverance Theatre, a place that has supported and encouraged me in my journey as an artist since I was a teenager," Davis said.