Eastern Sierra Arts Alliance: Our End of Year Report


Eastern Sierra Arts Alliance
Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre
Mammoth Lakes Film Festival
End of Year Report

While is has been a challenging two years for us all, we survived because of donors like you.

We are not quite out of the woods yet. Audience numbers are still low, but we are seeing slow increases. Please read our newsletter and, if you can, make a donation.

Together we will make sure that the arts and all the advantages it brings to our community, especially our youth, continues.


Or if you would like to send a check please send your donation to:
Eastern Sierra Arts Alliance P.O. Box 1316 Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546


Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) Returns!


We presented our first live TYA show since 2019 for local elementary schools this fall. We offer this theatre experience free of charge for all Inyo and Mono County elementary schools. The first two weeks of November saw almost 1,000 students from schools ranging from Bishop to Bridgeport attend Red Riding Hood. This variation on the classic children’s tale featured a non-biological brother and sister of two different races who can’t fall sleep while on a sleepover at their grandmother’s house. They decide to act out their favorite story with things found around the attic and clothes from the wardrobe. Soon what’s real and what’s imagined blur, and the children find themselves in the deep, dark woods with a wolf tracking them down. Lessons include: what does family truly mean, wolves in our ecosystem, and more.

The kids LOVED it. It was really magical for them.
Madeline Roy – MES Second Grade Teacher

Thank you for the wonderful show! I have been wanting to start readers theatre with my class and now they understand what theater is and are excited! As we left, one asked me “Where those real people?”. No matter how I explained theatre to them, many believed we were going to the movie theater.
Kim Stoiber, MES Kindergarten Teacher

We Have a New Season!


We opened the 2022-2023 season this summer at the Second Annual Mammoth Shakespeare Festival with a presentation of the gender-bending comedy Twelfth Night.


For the twelfth summer in a row we presented Macbeth through our annual Shakespeare Kids Camp, thanks to a special private donor! Nineteen campers from the ages of 6 to 15 participated.


Staying true to our mission of providing creative support to other arts organizations in the area, we partnered with Playhouse 395 in Bishop this October to present the third iteration of the Roger Bean-created Marvelous Wonderettes shows, The Marvelous Wonderettes Dream On.

The Third Eastern Sierra Mountain Film Festival runs December 1-4. We open with Exposure, a film about how eight women from the Arab world and the West attempt to make it across the Arctic to the North Pole.



Then in February, we are excited to bring Neil Simon’s classic and hilarious comedy Plaza Suite to Mammoth Lakes. One suite, three stories, three couples, three times the fun!


We are also creating a Teen Theatre Program for the first time – producing a play performed entirely by high school students. They will work after school, experience an adult rehearsal process that will expose them to what it is like to perform in a professional play. The Wolves is about a girls soccer team as they do their warms ups. The play is a portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals.

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If You Are Interested In Becoming A Mammoth Lakes Film Festival sponsor check out our sponsorship deck!



As Mammoth Lakes Film Festival enters its Ninth annual festival in 2023, it has again been named by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee for the seventh consecutive year. This year MLFF was also honored as one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals In The World! Here’s hoping 2023’s festival is named as well.

(Excerpted from Summer 2022 Issue Moviemaker.com – full article at www.MovieMaker.com)

Mammoth Lakes Film Festival Mammoth Lakes, California / 2023

“A regular on our annual list of 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee, MLFF welcomes highly anticipated films while keeping up a strong commitment to discovering new talent. You can chalk up its adventurous spirit to festival director Shira Dubrovner and programming director Paul Sbrizzi coming of age in 1980s Los Angeles, where art, music and film felt exciting, magical and subversive. In 2015, the pair took their love of risk taking and provocation to an Eastern Sierra paradise equidistant to L.A. and San Francisco. “A truly curated assemblage of innovative and evocative films seem to make their way to Mammoth Lakes Film Fest every year,” says Noel Taylor. “A tightly packed fest with top-notch weirdness and intrigue nestled in the beautiful northern California town of the same name.” … Past honorees have included John Sayles, Melissa Leo, Joe Dante and The Groundlings, who were represented by Cheri Oteri, Ryan Gaul, Jordan Black, Mindy Sterling and Julia Sweeney…” by Tim Molloy


Any donation you make will be so very much appreciated. We realize everyone is going through the same challenging times. That is why we appreciate your generosity even more.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

As we said in the beginning, this has been a challenging year. New organization, pandemic shut-downs and scares. But it has also been a year of joy – getting back to what we love – making the arts come alive for all ages throughout the Eastern Sierra – residents and visitors alike. With your support both financially and your presence at our events, we will keep entertainment and education alive for generations to come. Thank you!

Thank you for your support,

Shira Dubrovner – Executive Director
Juliana Olinka Jones – ESAA Board President
Nick Kitinski – ESAA Board Vice President
Jo Bacon – ESAA Board Secretary/Treasurer

Wishing You and Your Family
a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season!

(From Eastern Sierra Arts Alliance)

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