Eastern Sierra Arts Alliance is a 501c3 not for profit corporation.
MISSION STATEMENT: The purpose of Eastern Sierra Arts Alliance is to develop, produce and nurture performing and visual arts in the Eastern Sierra by providing year-round programming and creative support of the highest caliber, equal to any in the state, that inspires, educates, entertains, and provokes thought while also making a vital contribution to the community's economy, culture and spirit.
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Meet the Driving Force Behind the Alliance
Shira Dubrovner is the founder and director of the Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre (MLRT), Mammoth Lakes Film Festival (MLFF) and the newest addition, Eastern Sierra Mountain Film Festival (ESMFF). As Executive Director of ESAA she is responsible for all three entities in addition to her role as Artistic Director of MLRT. Her over 20 years of experience in live theatre and 10 years in the film and television industry have resulted in an extensive array of connections in the professional entertainment world that allow her to enhance the artistic offerings ESAA provides to the Eastern Sierra through its various entities. Dubrovner is committed to bringing creative arts of all kinds to the Eastern Sierra for the benefit of community members of all ages.
Executive Board President
Juliana Olinka Jones spent 20+ years in Entertainment Marketing at Warner Bros. and Columbia Pictures and later taught HS Drama at Taft High School for four years. During that same time she was on the Board of the Lonny Chapman Group Repertory Theatre and Executive Committee of Valley Beth Shalom Board in Encino, Ca (12 years). After moving to Mammoth Lakes she was the Marketing Director, then the Development Director of the Mammoth Lake Foundation for 5 years before retiring from full-time employment. She currently serves on her HOA Board, on the Fire Safe Council, is a member and on the Board of C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team).
Nick Kitinski has been active in the film and TV community for three decades, mainly as a freelance production sound mixer. Throughout his career he has worked on numerous projects including the memorable Superbowl Commercial Budweiser “Fence,” “Making of Frozen 2,” “The Story of God” with Morgan Freeman and many more. Volunteering began at an early age when he joined the student school board in the fourth grade and served until his graduation from electronic engineering school, serving in all key board positions multiple times. Later as Founder and President of two curling clubs, he served a two-year stint as a board member of the United States Curling Association. A long-time supporter of the Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre and the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival he has taped and edited numerous plays, film screenings and events.
Jo Bacon’s first exposure to the arts was starting ballet classes at age four, becoming a lifelong passion. She performed the Nutcracker with Riverside Ballet Arts and attended UCLA as a dance major. Deciding to keep dancing as a vocation she graduated from UCLA with an MA in Public Administration, working for local governments for over 30 years in various administrative and managerial roles. She has served as a Town Council Member and Mayor for Mammoth Lakes. Her non-profit experience includes 17 years with Mammoth Lakes Friends of the Library, more than 12 years in Board positions. She was also active in the formation and a founding board member of Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access and Mammoth Lakes Recreation.