Codie Costello Named President and COO of Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
Alaska Center for the Performing Arts’ board of directors announced that Nancy Harbour, President & COO, will retire effective January 31, and the board will offer the position to Codie Costello, who is anticipated to assume the role in February.
In 2005, Costello moved to Alaska from New York, where she worked with The Pearl Theatre as the director of marketing. Upon her arrival in Alaska, she started working with ACPA as director of development before joining Alaska Dance Theatre as its executive director in 2009. Costello went on to work as director of business development with Spawn Ideas (formerly Nerland Agency) in 2012 before rejoining ACPA as vice president, strategic development and communications in the summer of 2018. Costello received an MFA in directing from the Actors Studio in New York City and her BA in theatre arts, management from San Jose State University.
Costello said, “I am humbled and excited by this opportunity to lead this incredible organization in collaboration with an incredible team, board and volunteers, and in partnership with the Municipality of Anchorage, our client and community partners. I am grateful for my years working with Nancy and value the many contributions she has made to the arts and our community as a whole. We are so fortunate to have a place like the PAC, a place for coming together and experiencing all the arts have to offer, to connect, transform and grow as a community. I am truly looking forward to bringing forth a vision for the next 30 years, ensuring that the next generation can enjoy this truly magical place.”
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