Jerome Elliott is a Palm Springs-based cabaret performer, actor and director. A prolific writer and performer, his original cabaret shows in the past several years include Up in Flames, Sweet Nerd of Youth, Crawling Back to Broadway, A Dry Heat, Something to Smile About, Bat Out Of Jersey, My Favorite Springs and the upcoming A Little Traveling Music.
In 2010 Jerome made his New York debut at the legendary Duplex Cabaret Theatre, followed by his Los Angeles debut at M Bar in February 2011. He has appeared three times in Seattle as Part of the Pacific Northwest Cabaret Association’s “March is Cabaret Month" (2010, 2012 and 2016). In 2013 he performed at the Chapel Venue in St. Louis, where Mariposa Productions presented him. He has also appeared at Davenport's, Chicago; The Westgate Plaza Hotel, San Diego; and Upstairs at Vitello's in Los Angeles.
In 2017, Jerome performed Crawling Back to Broadway to critical acclaim at Michael Holmes’ Purple Room in Palm Springs. He has also been booked at at Billy Reed’s, Dale’s Lost Highway, Dink’s Ultra Lounge, Blame it on Midnight, Lyon’s English Grille, Oscar, the Arthur Newman Theater and other Desert venues. In 2007, the Indio Performing Arts Center selected Jerome as as the inaugural performer for the venue’s grand opening. He enjoys a fruitful collaboration with his longtime music director Charlie Creasy. http://charliecreasy.com/
Jerome has been honored as a three-time finalist in the McCallum Theater Institute's prestigious annual Open Call Talent Project (2006, 2012 and 2014) and was also one of eight finalists for the 2012 Voice of the Valley Competition at the Agua Caliente Casino.
Jerome is an alumnus of the 2008 International Cabaret Conference at Yale University. He is also a two-time alumnus of the St. Louis Cabaret Conference (2007 and 2009) and the 2014 Midwest Cabaret Conference in St. Louis. He has worked with cabaret and musical theater luminaries Julie Wilson, Jason Graae, Sharon McNight, Lina Koutrakos, Amanda McBroom, Sally Mayes, Pamela Myers, Laurel Massé, Rita Gardner, Scott Logsdon, Steven Lutvak, Tex Arnold, Alex Rybeck, Rick Jensen, the late Paul Trueblood and the late Erv Raible. In 2014 he was recognized by the San Diego Association of Cabarets and Clubs for outstanding contributions to the field.
Two of Jerome’s cabaret shows, Something to Smile About (2008) and The Great American Love Song (2007) were nominated for multiple Desert Star Awards from the Desert Theatre League, including Outstanding Overall Cabaret Production. In 2013, Jerome received the Desert Star for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays (Keith Coleman Productions). As an actor, Jerome has appeared with California Desert Regional Theater, the Palm Canyon Theater, the Joslyn Players, Thorny Theater and Desert Ensemble Theater Company (DETC) in Palm Springs. He was nominated for three Desert Star Awards for his work in the 2007-08 Season: Best Actor in a Musical (Precious Piglet and Her Pals, Indio Performing Arts Center), Best Supporting Actor in a Musical (Samson, Thorny Theater), and Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy (Run for your Wife, Joslyn Players). In 2015 Jerome performed the Palm Springs premiere of Fred Barton's cult classic Miss Gulch Returns, which garnered him another Desert Star nomination for Best Lead Performer, cabaret.
Directing credits at DETC include the musical revues Broadway D-Lights (2014) Showstoppers (2015), Boys' Night Out (2016) and Here's to the Ladies (2017). In February 2016 Jerome made his dramatic directorial debut with a critically acclaimed production of Caryl Churchill's A Number. He was awarded three Desert Star Awards in 2016: for direction of A Number and for direction and performance in Showstoppers. In 2017 he earned two additional awards: for direction and performance in Boys' Night Out.
Jerome was a member of the Fulton Opera House Summer Repertory company in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in the late 1970s and holds a theater degree from Franklin and Marshall College.