Cultural Center hires Michael Mora as new Production Director

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JOSHUA TREE, CA — The Hi-Desert Cultural Center, the regional performing and visual arts center for the desert communities surrounding Joshua Tree National Park, is proud to announce that it has hired esteemed former South Coast Repertory Production Manager and industry specialist for major Orange County arts organizations, Michael Mora, to serve as its new full-time Production Director.  This new position is part of the strategically planned rise of the over half-century cultural icon that includes the expansion of facilities and staff to better meet the current and future needs of its growing communities, while continuing to fulfill its mission and reputation for offering award-winning and immersive live performance and visual arts experiences.

Michael has a profound knowledge and interest in the visual, conceptual, performing, and fine arts. His combined professional reputation for artistic excellence and high-end production management made him the unquestionable choice to fill this new position, and we are honored to bring him onto the team.Jarrod Radnich, President, Hi-Desert Cultural Center

Mora will oversee productions across all operating divisions of the Center and will liaise with community members seeking to become involved in the Center’s many production-related activities.

A Renaissance man in the performing and fine arts, Mora has worked in professional theater for over 35 years.  Progressing from a prop artisan to earning the position of Production Manager at the world-renowned South Coast Repertory in Orange County, he worked on over 300 productions with most being new works and original productions, managing such world premieres as Margaret Edson’s WIT, Craig Lucas’ PRELUDE TO A KISS, David Henry Hwang’s GOLDEN CHILD, Thomas Strelich’s DOG LOGIC, Richard Greenberg’s THREE DAYS OF RAIN, Howard Korder’s SEARCH AND DESTROY, Beth Henley’s ABUNDANCE, and Donald Margulies’ COLLECTED STORIES.

I’m ecstatic to join the Hi-Desert Cultural Center and look forward to rolling-up my sleeves to further implement the institution’s vision of being an unparalleled regional arts center that produces world-class entertainment and arts education for the Joshua Tree National Park communities.Michael Mora, Production Director, Hi-Desert Cultural Center

In addition to his love of the arts, Mora has balanced his time between Los Angeles and Joshua Tree for the past seven years and has also been active in local conservation and preservation programs.


Located in Joshua Tree, California, the Hi-Desert Cultural Center is an over half-century non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt corporation (Federal Tax ID# 23-7425816) that serves as the regional performing and visual arts center for the gateway communities of Joshua Tree National Park.  Predominantly non-government funded, the Center operates its own performance venues and produces live theater, concerts, art exhibits, festivals, the Joshua Tree Philharmonic symphony orchestra, an extensive educational arts and technology academy for youth and adults, and more.  It operates a significant financial aid and scholarship program so that no children are turned away due to their socioeconomic situation.


GREAT NEWS FOR SEASON PACKAGE TICKET HOLDERS! Should your schedule change and you find yourself needing to attend a performance on a different date — if you give the Box Office at least 48 hours notice prior to your ticketed performance, management will attempt to exchange your ticket for a different performance of the same show!