A little bit of history...

The inspiration for Detour came when our Artistic Director, Sam, was asked by her then 23 year old, developmentally disabled son, “When is it going to be my turn?” As Theatre Arts Coordinator at the Phoenix Day School for the Deaf, her son often spent time in the theatre watching and participating. Sam searched for appropriate arts programming for her son, and finding none, decided it was time to gather her son, his friends, a few talented friends of her own and begin. After a brief association with a social program for adults with developmental disabilities, Detour Company Theatre was incorporated in 2003 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit committed to providing accessible theatre arts programing.

Sam’s background includes a Master of Fine Arts degree in theatre from Arizona State University. She served as the coordinator of the Theatre Arts program at Phoenix Day School for the Deaf, adjunct instructor of creative drama at Phoenix College and recently retired as a certified ASL interpreter for many theatre companies throughout the Phoenix area. Sam serves as the bridge between the original Broadway script and the adaptations necessary for the Detour cast. She trains our coaches to help their actors implement their roles and to navigate the stage safely. Sam also works closely with the Detour production team to maximize accessibility in all aspects.

Sam was also the winner of a 2018 Governor's Arts Award, in the Individual category.  


Read Sam's Blog

Governor's Arts Awards


Director of Music

David Zych 


Development Manager

Business Manager

Communications Manager

Support Team

Grant Writer

Claire West

Newsletters and Programs

Marge Mays


Dawn Schoenberger


Kathy Hotchner

Show Photographer

Chris Keith

Rehearsal Photographer

Francine Cheswick

Board of Directors

President - Jill Mapstead

Treasurer - Kathy Hotchner

Secretary - Dawn Schoenberger

Board Members:

Joyce Lefco

Dina Lesperance

Meghan Cox

Leah Mapstead

Join Our Team

Become a coach!

Coaches are the glue for our Main Stage and Up & Coming groups. Coaches work one on one or with a small group of actors to help facilitate learning, participation and success in weekly classes. Coaches do not have to have prior experience in drama or working with actors with special needs. We are happy to provide that training. Coaches do need to come with an open heart, creative spirit and a willingness to embrace this exciting fun-filled journey.  For more information on joining our coaching team, email raylah@detourcompanytheatre.org

Help with costumes or production!

Detour welcomes volunteers who are willing to work in set-building, set-painting, costume production, prop creation and more.  These jobs are all very show-specific and time commitment can vary from hours to weeks.  Please contact raylah@detourcompanytheatre.org if you are interested in helping and sharing your talent. 

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Come to a show! We value you as audience members... it's your presence that makes our performances truly a gift!

Our Supporters



Detour Company Theatre is supported through the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations. To join the growing list of supporters, please contact Laurie Person, Development Director, at laurie@detourcompanytheatre.org.

We thank the following individuals and foundations for their generous and ongoing support...

Grantors & Foundations


Scott & Catherine and everyone at Tony's Auto 

who takes such good care of Horton 

(aka the Detour Van) 


Boys Team Charity Volunteers for all their assistance in preparation for and during our shows!

Special thank you to St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, our rehearsal home!

Interested in getting involved?

Drop us a line!

Detour Company Theatre

PO BOX 697 Scottsdale, AZ 85252

(480) 277 - 2593