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Desert Ensemble Theatre Company engages audiences and creates theater that speaks to relevant issues in our lives and community.

About Desert Ensemble Theatre Company

DETC grows and expands the art of theatre through original and engaging stage productions. We nurture the growth of artists of all ages, on and off the stage, and create an environment that rewards and cherishes them. 

Our community outreach program, gives high school students the on-the-job experience of working in professional productions. They work with professional actors, technicians, and managers, expanding and putting into practice what they have learned in school.

DETC awards scholarships to PSHS graduating seniors who have been through our training programs and plan to continue their higher education in theatre arts.

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Tony Padilla

Founder & Producing Artistic Director
Angelantonio (Tony) Padilla is a celebrated, playwright, director and producer. As cofounder and Producing Artistic Director of Playwrights’ Circle, and founder of Desert Ensemble Theatre Company, Padilla has produced and directed many award winning productions, including his play, "Reckoning," which is published in “Three Genres,” a college text book by Stephen Minot published by Prentice Hall.

In March 2008 his play, "Endangered Species" was translated and produced by Campagnia dell’Attimo in Rovereto, Italy under the direction of Leonardo Franchini. It was also part of the April 2009 Schegge D’Autore (Theatre Festival) in Rome where it was awarded the festivals’ International Award medal. The play has been performed throughout northern Italy, used by municipalities as a tool to promote social awareness and responsibility.

In October 2014, The Desert Theatre League in Palm Springs, California, awarded Tony the Bill Groves Award for Outstanding Original writing for his play "Becoming Ava." He is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America.

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Shawn Abramowitz

Executive Director,
Shawn is Executive Director of DETC. A 2014 winner of the Desert Theatre League Award for supporting actor in a play for his performance in Tony Padilla's "Family Meeting," Shawn has worked for many years in Los Angeles as a TV professional. His acting credits include "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Romeo and Juliet" at College of the Desert, "Novio Boy" at CSUSB, "A Christmas Carol" at Riverside Community Players. Other credits with DETC include "Every Christmas Story Ever Told," "Becoming Ava," "Mr. Horn" (DTL nomination), "Family Meeting," and "A Number" (DTL nomination).

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Rosemary Mallett

Artistic Director,
Rosemary Mallett was the theater teacher at Palm Spring High School from 1981-2008, directing over 80 plays and musicals. Her productions of "Skin of Our Teeth," "Noises Off," "Absurd Person Singular" and "Rumors" received first place honors with Southern California Educational Theater Association. "Jabberwocky," "Dinney and the Witches," "A
Midsummer Night’s Dream" and "Our Town" received second place honors. The Desert Theatre League awarded her high school productions of "West Side Story" and "Diviners" honors for Best Director and Overall Production. For "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" and "A Piece of My Heart," she received the Best Director awards. Her Palm Canyon Theatre production of "Little Shop of Horrors" and her Groves Cabin "Grace and Glorie" won best director.Her 2015 production of "Family Meeting" for DETC won Best Production of a One-Act and Best Director. She received the Joan Woodbury Mitchell Award from the Desert Theatre League in 1994.

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Jerome Elliott

Communications Director,
In 2016, Jerome won three Desert Star Awards from the Desert Theatre League, all for DETC productions: A NUMBER, Outstanding Director; and SHOWSTOPPERS!, Outstanding Director & Outstanding Lead Male Performer, Cabaret/Revue/Variety Show. His critically acclaimed performance as Almira Gulch in DETC’s MISS GULCH RETURNS!, 2015, received a Desert Star nomination and he won a 2013 Desert Star as supporting actor for his performance in STANDING ON CEREMONY: THE GAY MARRIAGE PLAYS (Keith Coleman Productions). Other acting credits include BECOMING AVA (DETC); SWEENEY TODD, COMPANY and THE FANTASTICKS (Palm Canyon Theatre); RED HOT AND COLE and RUN FOR YOUR WIFE (Joslyn Players); SIX IN TEN and THE PATIENT (CDRT); PRECIOUS PIGLET AND HER PALS (IPAC); SAMSON and PORN YESTERDAY (Thorny Theatre). Other directing credits include BROADWAY D’LIGHTS and BOYS NIGHT OUT for DETC. A prolific cabaret artist, Jerome was invited to the Sixth Annual International Cabaret Conference at Yale University in 2008. He has since played major cabaret venues in Palm Springs, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Diego and St. Louis. See for latest schedule. In addition to his onstage activities, Jerome is DETC's Communications Director.

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