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Curtain Closes On Coyote StageWorks

Comedy and Tragedy gold theatre masks against a rd curtain backdrop. Photo from Alpha Media Palm Springs CA
Comedy and Tragedy gold theatre masks against a rd curtain backdrop. Photo from Alpha Media Palm Springs CA

After 13 years, Coyote StageWorks in Palm Springs is closing its doors.


Chuck Yates, the founder of the award-winning Actors’ Equity professional theatre company has decided to close the operation.


Yates says that along with other theatre companies around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic forced Coyote to cancel its 2019-2020 season, and that closure has continued due to the

uncertainty thus far in 2021. 


This period of forced introspection led Coyote’s leadership to conclude that this was the right time to permanently close the company while celebrating its many accomplishments and accolades.


Over the years, Coyote StageWorks produced many acclaimed productions. Highlights

include “Boeing, Boeing,” “The Andrews Brothers,” “Suds,” “Dirty Blonde,” “The Women”

(the theatre company’s annual benefit gala), “Tru,” “Art,” “Buyer & Cellar, “Agnes of

God,” ”Love, Loss, and What I Wore,” “The Lady with All the Answers,” “The

Understudy,” “Greater Tuna,” and “A Doll’s House Part II,” among others.” 


Coyote StageWorks received the “Theatre Company Of The Decade” award, their 2020 production of ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’ received the “Set Design Of The Decade” award. 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.’


In addition to the BroadwayWorld awards, Coyote StageWorks garnered a total of 91 Desert Star awards, and back-to-back “Best Live Theatre wins in Desert Magazine, over the last decade.


Having accomplished what he set out to do, Founding Artistic Director Chuck Yates said

that he “deeply appreciates that the community embraced our 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.’ I am a very lucky man to get to do exactly what I wanted to do for 13 years.

It’s been such an amazing ride, and now I look forward to my next chapter.”


“Our rich legacy will live on through the Palm Springs Young Playwright’s Festival, which will continue and thrive,” continued Yates. “The Festival was designed to help discover and nurture the next generation of writers from local middle and high school students, and that is exactly what it will continue to do as an independent entity.”

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