Mission Statement

Green Room Theatre Company creates new works, reinvented classics, musical theatre, touring productions, and site-specific performances for the Coachella Valley. It directs its education programs toward young people and underserved communities.


Green Room Theatre Company is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit theatre founded by Board President Karen Lin and Artistic Director David Catanzarite. It has produced a myriad of innovative projects in the thirteen years since its creation, and works with adult performers and youth to bring first-quality theatre and education to our desert communities.

In 2017, Green Room launched Coachella Valley Shakespeare, a combination of productions, readings, and special events that celebrate the life and works of William Shakespeare.

David Catanzarite
Founding Artistic Director

David Catanzarite is a master stage director and expert educator. He has directed 200 professional and college productions in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Prague, South Africa, Toronto, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Catanzarite began his teaching career at the age of 26 as a theatre instructor at Stanford University. He is currently on the Theatre faculty at California State University, San Bernardino/Palm Desert Campus.  

At Green Room Theatre, Mr. Catanzarite has directed The Dresser,  Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Twelve Angry Men, To Kill A Mockingbird, Pop-up Shakespeare, numerous melodramas, and a holiday production of Gift of the Magi that toured African American Churches across the Coachella Valley.  For Green Room Summer Conservatory he directed sold-out productions of  Annie Get Your Gun, The Pirates of Penzance, Mary Poppins, Oliver!, and Fiddler on the Roof  at the Indian Wells Theatre. Most recently he directed Sister Act at the state-of-the-art Indio High Performing Arts Center. 

Board of Directors

Karen Lin

Board President

Dee Childs


David Anderson

Human Resources & Diversity

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Jeff Wallach

Board Member

Advisory Board

Production History

Past Events, Readings and Productions

Two Gentlemen of Verona in One Hour (April 2022)  


Live Streamed for Black History Month -  Wine in the Wilderness by Alice Childress

Summer Conservatory - A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Live production at CREATE Center for the Arts 

Summer Conservatory - The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet, Live production at CREATE Center for the Arts

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Oliphant Theatre

How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel,  Oliphant Theatre

Fences by August Wilson, Palm Desert Library

The Online Summer Conservatory with Live Streaming Performances and Student Film Projects

King Lear, CREATE Center for the Arts

The Dresser, CREATE Center for the Arts

Popup Shakespeare Festival,  Barnes & Noble 

An Iliad, Barnes & Noble

Summer Conservatory - Sister Act, Indio High Performing Arts Center

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part 2, La Quinta Library

Spooky Stories and Brew, La Quinta Brewery

The Merchant of Venice, CREATE Center for the Arts

Love and Shakespeare, Oliphant Theatre

Shakespeare Villains and Vengeance, Oliphant Theatre

Popup Shakespeare Festival,  Barnes & Noble 

6 RMS RIV VU,  Barnes & Noble

Summer Conservatory - Annie Get Your Gun, Indian Wells Theatre

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part 1, La Quinta Library

Julius Caesar,  Barnes & Noble

To Kill a Mockingbird Barnes & Noble

Boeing, Boeing,  Barnes & Noble

Holiday Hustle III, Brookdale Senior Residence

Summer Conservatory - The Pirates of Penzance,  Indian Wells Theater

Summer Conservatory - Shakespeare Showcase,  The Fountains at Carlotta Senior Residence

Hamlet, Oliphant Theater

Arabian Nights by Mary Zimmerman,  Barnes & Noble

Twelve Angry Men,  Barnes & Noble

Antigone by Jean  Anhouilh, Barnes & Noble

Summer Conservatory - Mary Poppins,  Indian Wells Theater

The Coachella Valley Graveyard Tour, Coachella Valley Cemetery

Summer Conservatory - Oliver!, Indian Wells Theater

Winter Conservatory - The Emperor’s New Clothes (The Musical), College of the Desert

Spring Conservatory - 13 The Musical, Palm Desert Charter Middle School Auditorium 

Summer Conservatory - Fiddler on the Roof, Indian Wells Theater

Gift of the Magi - all African American cast - touring production for six Black desert churches

Winter Conservatory - Winter Wonderland, A Christmas Story, and Other Short Plays, Oliphant Theater

Spring Conservatory - Once Upon A Time, Children’s Warped Fairy Tales, College of The Desert

Summer Conservatory - You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Palm Springs Air Museum

Spring Conservatory - Loco Motion, A Collection of Short Plays, College of the Desert

Summer Conservatory - Fast Train to the Poorhouse, CSUSB Palm Desert Campus

Summer Conservatory - Desperate Desmond’s Dastardly Deed, Oliphant Theater

Winter Conservatory - Holiday Hustle, A Collection of Short Plays, College of the Desert

Summer Conservatory - The Pony Espresso, CSUSB Palm Desert Campus

At Risk, a new play by Judy Soo Hoo, College of the Desert Pollock Theater

Desperate Desmond’s Dastardly Deed, Oliphant Theater

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