Perseverance Theatre artistic director Peter DuBois has announced his departure from the theater to assume the job of associate producer at New York's Public Theatre, according to a Perseverance press release Wednesday night.
Producing Director Jeffrey Herrmann, the administrative head of Perseverance since July 1999, has been appointed acting executive director while the board of directors searches nationally for a new artistic director.
Herrmann begins Dec. 1. DuBois begins in New York on Dec. 1, but will split his time between New York and Alaska for the remainder of the 2003-04 season to see through the season's artistic projects.
DuBois will still direct Perseverance's production of Chay Yew's "The Long Season" in March 2004.
"Perseverance Theatre has been an amazing artistic home for me over the past five years," DuBois said in the release. "Alaska is one of the most fertile places in America to create theatre and Juneau has a remarkably intelligent audience and a rich mine of theatre talent. While I am exhilarated by the potential of my new life at the Public; I am saddened to be leaving a community of artists and friends whom I feel passionately about."
DuBois was chosen in July 1998 to replace founding artistic director Molly Smith, who left Alaska after 19 years to become the artistic director of Arena State in Washington, D.C. During his five seasons with Perseverance, DuBois directed 11 shows.
Over the last five years, DuBois and Herrmann oversaw a 60 percent increase in Perseverance's budget and a significant decrease in the theater's deficit. They also secured artistic grants from major funders throughout the country.
"I am proud of the work that Peter and I have accomplished here together, and while I will miss his vision and our partnership, I am excited both for him and for Perseverance Theatre," Herrmann said in the release.