Tickets are on sale!

Individual tickets for

Broadway Under the Stars,

Mykkanen &   Arida in Recital,

and the

International Film Festival

are now on sale.

Tickets are also available at

The Leather and Gift Shop

in Bessemer, Michigan.

Upcoming Events

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2021 Season: Light Your Fire


We have all been isolating in our respective homes for the better part of 17 months.  Our cultural and artistic experiences have been limited to what technology could bring to our computers and televisions.  This past year reminded us that we can't through life alone.  Everyone at the Emberlight Festival is honored to dedicate the 2021 season to the nurses, doctors, and frontline workers who continue to keep our community safe so we can return to the stage.

Now it's time to reunite with each other and be inspired by the everlasting power of the arts.

We have been building our dream of making the western Upper Peninsula a cultural destination.  Emberlight's inaugural season features free Performance Infusions and book clubs in Art in the Park from July 2 - September 5, in addition to the Downtown Art Place Fine Art Show, Range Art Association Annual Show, and the Emberlight Photographers Exhibit through August.

From August 26 - September 3 we welcome Emily Koch (Wicked and Waitress), Philip Stoddard (Signature Theatre), John Arida (Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center), and Colton Pometta (Sun Valley Shakespeare) to Ironwood for BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS from August 26 - 28.  John and Miles will perform a classical music recital in the afternoon of August 28.  The world premiere of ROUTE 2 ELSEWHERE is free to attend on September 1.  And the INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL received over 200 submissions from 37 countries across Asia, North America, Europe, Australia, South America, and Africa.

On behalf of the Emberlight Festival's Board of Directors, we are very excited to welcome you to our theatres this summer.

It's time to Light Your Fire!


Paul Sturgul Artistic Director


Creative Producer


Photo: Fay Fox


Paul Sturgul Artistic Director

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Photo: Pamella Morello


Creative Producer

Regarding COVID-19:

We are committed to protecting our audiences and artists by following every COVID-19 protocol and guideline set by

the C.D.C. and the State of Michigan at the time of our events.

Masks will be required at all indoor events and the Emberlight Festival will provide

sanitation stations at our events and require temperature checks.

All of us have gone too long without art in our lives.  It is time to Light Your Fire and relish in fulfilling artistic experiences again.

Thank you for following these guidelines so everyone in our community stays safe while enjoying our 2021 season.


Art in the Park

Audience Prize


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