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Acclaimed Palm Springs Theatre Expands Network with Actress and Cultural Leader 

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Acclaimed Palm Springs Theatre Expands Network with Actress and Cultural Leader 

Nancy Bleiweiss-Nevil Named to Board for Nonprofit Dezart Performs

1 December 2021 – Palm Springs, CA: Nancy Bleiweiss-Nevil of Rancho Mirage has been named to the board of directors for the nonprofit Dezart Performs theatre company of Palm Springs ( continuing its 14th season – and first post-COVID productions – in January with the Olivier Award winning exploration of Dr. Martin Luther King’s final day The Mountaintop.

“Nancy has long been one of our biggest supporters, as well as a dear friend,” said Clark Dugger, Board President for Dezart Performs. “Her enthusiasm and love for theatre will be a definite asset to the board and the company.”

“I am truly looking forward to being a part of this wonderful group of people bringing high quality theatre to our valley,” said Bleiweiss-Nevil who moved to the area in 2005.

Bleiweiss-Nevil started her career in her hometown of San Francisco where she was the co-creator and original star of the hit show Beach Blanket Babylon that closed in 2019 after 45 years, making it the longest-running musical revue in United States history. From there, she moved to Los Angeles and was a cast member of the remake of the TV show Laugh In. She also had the honor of performing with the San Francisco Opera in The Merry Widow with Dame Joan Sutherland. From theatre and opera she moved onto the travel business where she ran a successful agency for 20 years. When she moved to the Coachella Valley, she looked for ways to get involved with creative outlets in her new community. She became a board member of Coyote Stage Works and also The Muses of the McCallum Theatre. Her true passion is bringing back arts into the schools. She and two other like-minded ladies started a support group for the existing charity, Tools for Tomorrow and formed a fundraising arm called The Visionaries of Tools for Tomorrow. She served on the board for several years and participated in its growth and success. She and her late husband Charles (also a former actor) got involved with several of the theatre companies in the valley and tried to support as many as possible.

“Charles and I always had a special place in our hearts for Dezart Performs and have supported them for years,” said Bleiweiss-Nevil. “We always loved their passion and love for what they do, as well as the caliber of the plays they chose to produce.”

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.

Nancy Bleiweiss-Nevil