Coyote StageWorks, the Coachella Valley-based award-winning Actors’ Equity professional theater company, announced that it received three significant honors during the recent 2020 BroadwayWorld Palm Springs Awards, which celebrates the best in local theatre over the past decade. During the last months of 2020, BroadwayWorld asked the theatregoing public to submit nominees and vote for their favorites during the run of the contest. This week the winners of each category were unveiled, and Coyote StageWorks received the following honors:

  • Coyote StageWorks received the “Theatre Company Of The Decade” award
  • Coyote’s 2020 production of ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’ received the “Set Design Of The Decade” award. The set was designed by Tom Valach.
  • Founding Artistic Director Chuck Yates received the coveted “Performer Of The Decade” award for his role of Truman Capote in the 2013 Coyote StageWorks production of ‘Tru.’

“I am deeply honored that the community chose to vote for Coyote StageWorks in these awards,” said Yates. “I am proud that our hard work resonated with the theatre community, and that we are recognized for the quality of our productions.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Coyote StageWorks decided to halt its 2019-2020 season to help ensure the safety of its audience, cast and crew, and its community. Its production of “The Velocity of Autumn” will now be its first show of next season to be held at its new permanent home at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. In addition to theatrical programming, Coyote StageWorks is planning to continue its popular Play Dates Reader’s Series and the expanded Palm Springs Young Playwright’s Festival. All of Coyote’s award-winning programming was made possible through the generosity of Season Sponsors Patti and Jack Grundhofer. In addition to the BroadwayWorld awards, Coyote StageWorks has garnered a total of 80 Desert Star awards over the last decade.

Coyote StageWorks benefits from the expert leadership of its Board of Directors, comprised of Don Amendolia, Julie Balbini, Harriet Baron, Dennis Flaig-Moore, Kathy Friedle, Tony Marchese, Larry Raben, and David Youse. It also benefits from the insights and advice from its Advisory Board, comprised of Carol Fragen, Dorothy Lefkowitz, John Monahan, Martin Wiviott, and Barbara Keller (Emeritus).

Coyote StageWorks is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 company dedicated to advancing theatre as a vital art form in the desert communities of the Coachella Valley. It is their mission to provide a forum for thought-provoking, entertaining, and culturally significant works in an environment that nurtures the creativity of the individual and the enrichment of the community. For more information about Coyote StageWorks, please visit