Award-winning theater located in the heart of Sierra Madre
ABOUT SIERRA MADRE PLAYHOUSE:
With deep artistic roots in the San Gabriel Valley, our mission is to connect people in our diverse communities to one another through bold, resonant live theater in an intimate setting that inspires, entertains, and celebrates our shared humanity.
Our vision for the Sierra Madre Playhouse is to become the region's premier intimate performing arts destination through sustained artistic excellence, expansive educational and cultural offerings, and inclusive outreach.
The Sierra Madre Playhouse is a non-profit public benefit organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, contributions to which may be tax-deductible.
COVID-19 Safety Protocols for SMP-produced Indoor Events
To keep our staff and all of our guests safe as possible and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, in adherence to current CDC recommendations and LA County mandates, we have put the following policies in place for all of our upcoming indoor events for our patrons:
- COVID-19 vaccinations are still required for all individuals with proof of vaccinations to be presented at the door before entering (vaccination card and form of identification). All of our staff are vaccinated against COVID-19 and we have a COVID Mitigation Team of certified COVID Compliance Officers.
- All SMP performers, production team/staff members, and volunteers are tested within 72 hours of each event. Patrons are not required to show proof of testing prior to attending our events.
- The proper wearing of face masks (KN95 or double surgical masks) are still required for all individuals (including children) during our indoor events. All of our staff will also be wearing N95, KN95, or double surgical masks at our indoor events (with the exception of performers on stage).
- Please do not enter if you answer 'yes' to any of the COVID-19 health and safety questions posted at the front door before admittance into the building.
For our full list of policies on PPE, vaccinations, and testing for SMP staff, production team members, volunteers, and patrons, click here.
SMP COVID Compliance Officers: Jeanne Marie Valleroy, Berrie Tsang, Todd McCraw, Pamela Winters
CEO: David Gordon
Associate Company Manager: Berrie Tsang
Interim Artistic Director: Gary Lamb
Technical Director: Todd McCraw
Production Manager: Jeanne Marie Valleroy
HR Manager and Volunteer Coordinator: Pamela Winters
Assistant to the Technical Director: John Dimitri
Patron Services/Box Office Manager: Mary Baville
Special Projects/Box Office Manager: Ward Calaway
Bookkeeper: Paulene Calaway
Publicist: Philip Sokoloff
Board of Directors
David Gordon, President
Eileen Walker, Vice President and Development Committee Chair
Louise Calaway, Treasurer
Frank Costello, Secretary
Max Factor III
Council of Advisors
Alison Eliel Kalmus
Rich Procter, Off the Screen Film Series Curator
Asian American Cultural Alliance (AACA) Committee
Tim Dang, Co-chair
Ken Fong, Co-chair
John Gong, Co-chair
Berrie Tsang, Secretary
Lydia Chen Shah
Jeanne Marie Valleroy
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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 1910, the structure presently housing the Sierra Madre Playhouse was built and opened as Bergien Brothers Furniture and House Furnishing Establishment (and later became Bergien Undertaking and Furniture) until it closed in 1923. It reopened in 1924 as a movie theater, 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 has been a nonprofit organization since it was organized as Arcadia Community Theater and incorporated in the state of California on December 1, 1955. [Nonprofit status approval by IRS was determined in May 1957.] There was a name change to PlayBack Players of Arcadia soon thereafter and on March 5, 1992 the name was officially changed to The Sierra Madre Playhouse.
From 2014-2021, Christian Lebano served as the Producing 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 became a critically-acclaimed presenter of American theater and has been recognized with Ovation Awards, NAACP Awards, and foundation grants.
Presently, Sierra Madre Playhouse continues to serve its local community with live theater and other events that illuminate the diversity of the American experience.