The Desert Theatre League is pleased to announce the winners of this year's annual scholarship awards. A check for $500 was presented to each winner at the Desert Star Awards ceremony on October 6, 2013. Both winners performed during the course of the evening.
As a child Joshua King participated in art classes, symphonic band, and voice lessons. After performing in musicals that required dancing, he decided to study dance with Cynthia Kaye. Because he could not afford the cost of lessons, he participated in a work/study program where he attended classes and then demonstrated for younger students. He continued to study dance at Cal State Long Beach and received a fellowship to study at the Alvin Alley in New York. Joshua has returned to the Coachella Valley and is planning to use the award to further his goal of advancing dance in the desert.
German Pavon grew up as the youngest son of a family of Mexican immigrants who have lived in the Coachella Valley for 20 years. He attended Shadow Hills High School and graduated earlier this year. While at Shadow Hills, he was a member of the International Thespian Society, an honorary society for students active in theater. He appeared in numerous productions over the past 4 years and received DTL's Best Supporting Actor award for his part in The Tempest. German will be using the scholarship to cover part of the expense associated with obtaining an associate Degree in Theater.