SIGN UP today for auditions!!!
Green Room Theatre Company’s auditions for its 2019 season of staged readings will be held in the Palm Desert Public Library Community Room [Fred Waring Drive, adjacent to the McCallum Theatre] on Saturday, December 8 from 2 PM to 4:30 PM. Every actor will be welcome. Please bring resume and photograph.
CLICK HERE to sign up for your audition spot!
Save the Date for our Summer Conservatory!
Summer Conservatory 2019 - June 17th- July 18th
It's amazing how much thought and planning goes into putting together a summer program. And, how early you need to start. GRTC is beginning to plan for our Annual Summer Conservatory 2019. We can hardly wait: it's going to be better than ever, so please stay tuned!
Sign up for Playwriting Laboratory
Green Room Artistic Director David Catanzarite will offer a playwriting laboratory for young writers ages 12 to 19 this October and November. The first session of this exciting new offering from Green Room Theatre Conservatory will be held from 6:00 to 7:30 Monday nights starting October 15.
It will meet seven times through early December including a showcase of scenes written by the participants. There will be a cap of eight student participants so that they will have ample time to write and read one another's plays in development. We are in the process of determining a convenient venue.
The cost of the laboratory is $150, payable in advance. Young playwrights interested in participating should contact firstname.lastname@example.org by October 7. The playwriting class will be confirmed once we have sufficient enrollment.
In addition to directing, David has written and published several plays, including commissions from the Los Angeles Playwrights Festival and the California Science Center. He has been involved with new play development for more than 30 years, including participation in three Mark Taper Forum New Work Festivals. He majored in Creative Writing at Stanford University with teachers Scott Turow (Presumed Innocent) and Tobias Wolf (The Boy's Own Story). At the University of Southern California Graduate Theatre Program he worked closely with mentor playwrights Jerome Lawrence (Mame!, Inherit the Wind) and Velina Hasu Houston (Tea and The Matsuyama Mirror).
Tribute to Marjory Lewis
The theatre world of the Coachella Valley and beyond recently suffered a great loss with the passing of Marjory Lewis.
Marjory was a talented actress and director, a warm, caring and intelligent human being. With her husband, Jason Lewis, they made a formidable, yet charming team on and off the stage.
During my limited years in Coachella theatre, I have had the pleasure of working with Marjory several times. My first encounter was at Palm Canyon Theatre with Marjory as one of the aristocratic eccentrics, and Jason and I as dubious characters, in “The Madwoman of Chaillot.” She had developed her character down to the walking cane she insisted on using as her own personal prop.
This attention to detail was very evident in such varied plays as Agatha Christie’s “A Murder Has Been Announced” and the madcap musical “The Drowsy Chaperone” [both at Desert Theatreworks]. And who will ever forget her comedy performance in “Noises Off” at both Desert Theatreworks and Palm Canyon Theatre. Completely different were her Polly Wyeth in “Other Desert Cities” [also in both theatres] and her charming but venomous mother in “Suddenly Last Summer” at Desert Rose Playhouse this spring.
I invited Marjory to join the gender-blind cast of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”, the staged reading I was directing for the Green Room Theatre Company last year. I knew how lucky I was when Marjory proudly strutted on stage for her first scene. Both she and Jason [who played Caesar] were a pleasure to direct. Her performance deserved the Desert Theatre League nomination it received [one of the numerous occasions on which she has received a nomination or won the award.]
This spring I asked her to play Portia in “The Merchant of Venice” for GRTC. The elements of intelligence, determination, and charm she was bringing to the famous role were a pleasure to work with, together with her questions and suggestions in her rehearsal preparation.
Sadly, on the eve of the dress rehearsal, Marjory called me in tears. Her doctor had just told her she must leave the cast immediately, to go into hospital. Her leukemia had returned in final stages
Many, many of us will miss her greatly, and our sincere condolences go to her husband, Jason, and their family.
It has been an honor to know and work with Marjory Lewis.
-John Alex Houlton, September 2018
Join Artistic Director David Catanzarite on a trip from Paris to the Pyrenees April 16, 2019 - April 19, 2019! Head to our travel page for more information.
Click here to see our very own Kaitlyn Stewart and Nick Wass interviewed by Patrick Evans for "Eye on the Desert!"
Click here to see a stage review of "Annie Get Your Gun" on the front page of Coachella Valley Weekly!
This year we had numerous Desert Theatre League nominations. Congratulations to all nominees! Here are just a few of our nominees. A full list can be found on our Recognition Page.
Outstanding Lead Actress – Musical - Youth Theatre
To see the full list of our nominations, visit our Recognition Page under About GRTC.