2019 Scholarship Award

The Desert Theatre League is pleased to announce that it is offering one or more $1,000 scholarships to talented and worthy residents of the Coachella Valley or High Desert communities.  The scholarship must be used for expenses incurred in the pursuit of arts-related education and proficiency.  All individuals, regardless of age, desirous of expanding their expertise in the arts are invited to apply.

Previous DTL scholarship recipients are ineligible.

The Application Process

Each applicant must complete a Desert Theatre League Scholarship Application and submit it together with:

1. A 300-500 word essay, providing information about the applicant, his/her participation in the arts, what the applicant hopes to accomplish with the aid of the scholarship, and the applicant’s need.

2. Performing applicants (e.g., actors, dancers, musicians, etc.) must submit a 3 to 5 minute DVD or USB flash drive, preferably from a live performance, showcasing their talents.

3. Non-performing applicants (e.g., costume or set design, writers, etc.) must submit a portfolio with examples of their body of work.

Incomplete or non-conforming applications will not be considered.

Presentation of Award

Scholarship winner(s) will be honored at the 2018-2019 Desert Stars Awards gala in October of 2019 and invited to perform.



Applicant submissions must be postmarked by March 15, 2019.

To download an application, click below.

Scholarship Application 2019 (pdf)





 Maria is being awarded a $1000 scholarship based on her excellence and devotion to the art of dance, as well as her academic achievements.  Maria has been studying ballet for 11 years at CK Dance Studio while maintaining academic excellence and nurturing relationships with family and friends.  At Rancho Mirage High School, Maria maintained a 4.0 GPA and was designated a Distinguished Scholar. 



DJ is being awarded a $1000 scholarship based on her academic excellence and her outstanding work in the technical aspects of live theater.  Destany was able to balance her extensive work with the Hi Desert Cultural Center in stage management, lighting design and as a technician in lights and sound, with academics at Yucca Valley High School.  She even garnered the “AVID Individual Determination Award.” 



Victoria is being awarded a $1,000 scholarship.  She is a 11 year old student at La Quinta Christian Fellowship School where she is an honors student. Though young, she has an impressive resume. She studied jazz, ballet and tap at California Ballet Opera, as well as acting and chorus. One of her dreams is to perform on Broadway and she has already started working toward that dream. She played Ngana in “South Pacific,” and most recently, the title role in “Annie.”

2017 Scholarship Winners



LAUREL BOLLARD just recently graduated third in her class from Shadow Hills High School along with being heavily involved in the band program and of course the theatre department. Throughout her years in the valley, Laurel participated in 13 shows, 4 being involved with Shadow Hills and 5 performed at the McCallum Theatre with Childrens Playtime Productions. Some of Laurel's credits include: South Pacific, The Little Mermaid Jr., A Midsummer Nights’ Dream, Cinderella, Seussical Jr., Shrek Jr., and Beauty and the Beast. She was also seen this summer in the 2017 Jimmy Awards in New York City as the nominee representing the Lucie Arnaz, where she performed on Broadway! Laurel has also been involved with DTL for the last three years having been nominated for her performances in A Midsummer Nights’ Dream, in which she won the Award for Best Actress, Cinderella, and Beauty and the Beast. She now attends Cal State University Fullerton as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre, starting a journey to pursue her dreams of Broadway. Laurel would like to thank her directors Chuck Balgenorth, Richard DeHaven, Sharon Deady, Paul Bluto, and of course the Desert Theatre League for their support in her dreams.



CONSTANTINA B. KARALIS is a seventeen-year-old artist, that is currently attending the University of California Santa Barbara. She has a dancing background in various genres of dance, including belly dancing, ballroom dancing, traditional Greek dancing and ballet. This will be her tenth-year dancing ballet, with nine of those years being spent at her home, Starlight Dance Center! Having moved to the United States from Greece at a young age, she claims that dance was her only mode of expression as at the time she did not speak a single word of English. Some of her greatest achievements include attending the American Ballet Theatre Summer intensive, having of course auditioned for the spot, and also receiving a scholarship to attend a contemporary dance intensive through Open Call. She has had several Desert Theatre League Nominations throughout her dance career and is extremely blessed to be part of such a loving and caring community that not only promotes the arts, but the artists themselves. She wishes to spread the love of dance by either being onstage or sharing it with those around her through the art of teaching. Constantina is an aspiring artist that will forever be grateful for Desert Theatre League and all that it encompasses.




Brianna Maloney is a 17 year old dancer, singer, and actress.  Born and reared in La Quinta, she began dancing at the age of three.  During her sophomore year of high school, she joined Musical Theatre University (MTU) and embarked on an acting career.  Her credits with MTU include Hairspray, A Chorus Line, Into the Woods, Legally Blonde, In the Heights, and Les Miserables.

2015 Scholarship winner










Garrett Hoy is 14 years old and is attending Xavier College Prep. He loves to perform and has been performing since 2007. He is a current member of Musical Theater University (MTU) at Rancho Mirage High School. In 2012, Garrett received DTL’s Bill Groves Award for Outstanding Juvenile for his performance as Jason in the musical concert Falsetto's. Garrett was also honored to be invited to sing with Andrea McArdle for Stephen Schwartz at the 2012 Melpomai Award presentation in Palm Springs. Credits include: Anita Bryant Died for your sin's (Horace) Chorus Line (Mark), Hairspray (IQ), Falsettos (Jason), Amahl (Amahl), Captain Louie (Louie), Seussical (Jojo), The King and I, Evita, Mame, Annie Get Your Gun.




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.