ABOUT US

Our mission
The Sierra Madre Playhouse is a nonprofit, award-winning 99-seat theater dedicated to illuminating the American experience through high-quality productions by acclaimed and emerging playwrights. With century-old ties to our community, we are committed to engaging diverse local and regional audiences and inspiring the next generation of artists and theater lovers.

Artistic Director: Christian Lebano
Associate Artistic Director: C. Julian White

Managing Director: Estelle Campbell
Company Manager: Brett Moore
Educational Programming Coordinator: Christa Backstrom
Volunteer Coordinator: Diane Siegel

Board of Directors
David Gordon, Interim President
Louise Calaway, Treasurer
Anne Scott-Putney, Development Chair
Vanessa Silberman, Marketing Chair
Christian Lebano
Estelle Campbell

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History 
The Sierra Madre Playhouse has evolved from a theatrical heritage that stretches back to the days when the Sierra Madre was just a tiny village. Residents presented dramas and musicals as early as the 1880s in their homes, in the Town Hall, and in the Woman's Club.

In 1923, the structure presently housing the Sierra Madre Playhouse was built and was known as the “Wistaria Theater" (Sierra Madre is home to the largest wistaria vine in the world) until 1929 when it became the “Sierra Madre Theater.” During the ensuing years, the theater served as the focal point for the city's family entertainment options, whether as a movie house, an arcade, or most recently, a theatre.
 
When Charles Andrese and Cheryl Pertile founded a new Arcadia theatrical operation in 1980, it was initially called the "Playback Players" to reflect their intention to specialize in some of the older, classic plays. When they moved to the present location later that year, their premiere Sierra Madre production was "Moby Dick-Rehearsed," written by Orson Welles. Since this was hardly an "old classic," the group renamed itself the "Sierra Madre Playhouse." Soon, Stan Zalas came to the Playhouse as artistic director. He and Andrese, who became general manager, built a solid reputation for providing quality, family-friendly entertainment.

To support the theater, a small group of dedicated local citizens spearheaded a campaign in 1995 to assist the Playhouse, with George Enyedi and Lee and Barbara Cline playing lead roles. The Playhouse reorganized and became a nonprofit organization as it remains to this day.

In 2012, Christian Lebano became the Artistic Director of Sierra Madre Playhouse, embarking the theater on an exciting new chapter with a focus on theater by American playwrights and launching the Theater for Young Audiences program.

Under Lebano's tenure, the Sierra Madre Playhouse has become a critically-acclaimed presenter of American theater and has been recognized with Ovation Awards, NAACP Awards, and foundation grants.

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Employment Opportunities

Company Manager (posted May 17, 2018)

   Position:      Company Manager 
   Direct Report:        Managing Director
   StartDate:    Immediately
 
SIERRA MADRE PLAYHOUSE MISSION: The Sierra Madre Playhouse is a nonprofit, award-winning 99-seat theater dedicated to illuminating the American experience through high-quality productions by acclaimed and emerging playwrights. With century-old ties to our community, we are committed to engaging diverse local and regional audiences and inspiring the next generation of artists and theater lovers.
 
POSITION SUMMARY: The Company Manager (a new position) will oversee and facilitate the smooth and efficient daily activities of our 99-seat non-profit theater in a fiscally responsible manner, at a time of organizational growth. This position reports directly to the Managing Director but will also interact with Board of Directors, Artistic Director and other staff, volunteers and guest artists. The Company Manager will work out of an office at the Playhouse and be available to receive deliveries and take direct calls. The Company Manager's responsibilities include coordination among the various non-profit theatre functions (artistic, educational, financial and facilities) and communication with stakeholders (staff, guest artists, independent contractors, board members, patrons, and volunteers)

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS:

·      Understanding of the various elements of the theatre process – production, technical and performance.
·      Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Knowledge and usage of correct English grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
·      Strong organizational and administrative skills – detail orientated.
·      Ability to problem-solve and facilitate solutions to issues.
·      Ability to work productively under time pressures and meet deadlines.
·      Ability to work independently and exercise excellent decision-making skills.
·      High level of computer proficiency with knowledge of word processing,  spreadsheets, databases, and graphics programs.
·      Bachelor’s degree required with 1 – 3 years of experience in a similar position preferred.
·      Valid California driver’s license and available vehicle.
·      Ability to lift 25 pounds or 50 pounds with assistance.

COMPENSATION: Compensation will be based on a full-time position on a one-year renewable contract and commensurate with the non-profit compensation standards for the size of our organization and the experience of the applicant. Sick leave and vacation benefits included.[Office1] 

 
To Apply:
Applicants for this position should email resume, cover letter, references and salary requirements to:
 
Estelle Campbell
Managing Director
Sierra Madre Playhouse  
87 W. Sierra Madre Boulevard
Sierra Madre, CA   91024
 
Email: ecampbell@sierramadreplayhouse.org
Deadline for submissions is June 15, 2018
No phone calls, please.
Sierra Madre Playhouse is committed to recruiting and fostering a diverse staff. Individualsfromtraditionallyunder-represented groups are encouraged to apply.


    

    
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SPONSORS

Arts for LA LA country arts commission Pasadena Tournament of Roses The Spero Foundation Sierra Madre Community Foundation