Bridgette Perdue is ATC'S Next Executive Director!

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Alumni Theater Company has hired a new Executive Director to lead us into our next era!

Bridgette Perdue brings her expertise in advocacy, community engagement and collaboration, which will serve to fulfill ATC's mission to center Black voices and amplify their impact on our city and region. Bridgette graduated from Point Park University in 2006 with a dual degree in Music Theater Arts and Business Management in the Arts. For over 15 years, as a Musician, Teaching Artist and Consultant, she has served her community by fostering the artistic gifts of children across the city. As a Project Manager for several arts initiatives, she has designed curriculum, trained talent, allocated funding, and galvanized her network in support of delivering impactful art. Known for her charismatic leadership and collaborative approach, she has cultivated long standing relationships with arts and nonprofit organizations alike, including the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Staycee Pearl dance project, Pittsburgh Playwrights, Bricolage, Pittsburgh Public Schools, Propel Charter Schools, Gwen’s Girls, and the Afro-American Music Institute. Her knowledge of both the arts and educational sectors perfectly position her to lead ATC’s next chapter, in its aim to be recognized as the premier institution for identifying, developing, and training young Black performers in the region. 

Bridgette is passionate about whole child excellence - balancing artistic achievement with scholastic aptitude and growth in character. She is also an advocate for antiracist/antibias education. Most recently she taught music at Environmental Charter Middle School where she served as a Leader on the Antiracism Committee and Facilitator for professional development around equitable teaching practices. Bridgette currently resides in Pittsburgh’s West End and enjoys salsa dancing, crafting, and reading books with her one year-old daughter, Amaya. 

About the search

We have spent the past 6 months on an intensive search process led by ALJP Consulting out of Atlanta. Informed by a thorough analysis of ATC’s strengths, weaknesses, and goals for the future, built on input gathered from more than 100 stakeholders across our community, we put together a strong vision for our future, and a profile of the ideal next leader to get us there.

We had promising applicants from across the country, but one person stood out as the clear best choice for ATC. In fact, one interviewer from ALJP said that this interview was one of the best she ever had in all the job searches she has conducted!

 

It turned out the perfect candidate was already a member of the ATC family. Bridgette Perdue, our music director for the past 11 years, will take over as ATC’s full time Executive Director and on September 26, 2022.

 

Bridgette applied for the position and blew us all away with her ideas and vision for how ATC can grow and flourish. Bridgette has had a tremendous impact on ATC in her time with us as music director, when she was just able to be at ATC for a few hours a week, the impact she will have as Executive Director will be incredible.