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Dezart Performs Nominated for 27 Desert Stars Awards Honors Will Be Announced Online By The Desert Theatre League October 4

Palm Springs, CA: Following a the most successful and critically acclaimed, but COVID-enforced shorter than expected 12th season, the celebrated Dezart Performs ( has secured 27 nominations for the annual “Desert Star Awards” including the categories of Outstanding Director of a Comedy, three nominations for Outstanding Production of a Comedy/Drama, The Michael Cruickshank Award for Outstanding Director of a Drama,  plus Outstanding Set, Sound Design and Props and Special Effects shout outs. Dezart Performs also achieved an almost unprecedented domination of all the major actor categories, including eight  for Outstanding Lead Actor/Actress and seven for Outstanding Supporting Actor/Actress nominations.

The winners of the 33rd annual Desert Theatre League “Desert Stars” Awards will be announced online October 4, 2020.   It was the second highest number of nominations ever for Dezart Performs, all the more incredible because of the truncated season for all companies in the Coachella Valley and beyond.

“This moment of celebration comes at a much-needed time for our theatre community,” said Dezart Performs Founding Artistic Director Michael Shaw. “With the shutdown, and cancellation of so many shows, this moment reminds us of the great work that we were all in the middle of accomplishing. Bittersweet, yes, but affirming, as we are all look forward to the future and reemergence of live theatre.”

The complete list of “Desert Star Awards” nominations for Dezart Performs are as follows:

Outstanding Director of a Comedy – Professional 

Michael Shaw – Hand to God 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy – Professional

Eddie Vona – Hand to God 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy – Professional

Yo Younger – Hand to God 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy – Professional

Roy Abramsohn – Hand to God 

Danny Gomez – Hand to God 

Outstanding Production of a Comedy/Drama – Professional

Daniel’s Husband 

Hand to God 


The Michael Cruickshank Award for Outstanding Director of a Drama – Professional

Darin Anthony – Daniel’s Husband 

Michael Shaw – Sweat

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama – Professional

Cortez Johnson – Sweat 

Corydon Melgoza – Sweat

Michael Shaw – Daniel’s Husband 

David Youse – Daniel’s Husband 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama 

Desireé Clarke – Sweat 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama – Professional

Theresa Jewett – Sweat

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama 

Miguel Arballo – Sweat

Mike Truelock – Sweat

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama – Professional

Hanz Enyeart – Daniel’s Husband 

Cary Thompson – Sweat

Chuck Yates – Daniel’s Husband 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama 

Melanie Blue – Sweat

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama – Professional

Deborah Harmon – Daniel’s Husband 

Outstanding Set Design – Professional 

Thomas L. Valach – Daniel’s Husband 

Outstanding Sound Design – Professional 

Clark Dugger – Daniel’s Husband 

Clark Dugger – Sweat

Outstanding Props and Special Effects 

Cecilia Orosco – Sweat
Dezart Performs, one of the Coachella Valley’s preeminent theatre companies, recognizes that the performing arts enrich the life and culture of a community, promote greater understanding and provoke insightful discussion. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit theatre company, its mission is to provide an artistic home for bold and cutting–edge plays, creating an atmosphere of artistic growth for actors, writers, and directors who uniquely contribute to the diverse theatrical environment in the Coachella Valley.

Details about the upcoming 13th Season for Dezart Performs will be announced later this summer. For more information go online at, or call (760) 322-0179.

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