Anthony. Palm Springs Dance Project. 2022


Advocating for the performing arts in the Coachella Valley, California and celebrating our community’s collective creativity.

Anthony. Palm Springs Dance Project. 2022

About Us

Our Mission

The Alliance of Desert Theatres (AODT) is a cooperative of producing theatre companies and live entertainment organizations in the Coachella Valley and Morongo Basin that network and take action in order to advocate for and nurture a vibrant performing arts community.


Do Not Remove Label, Desert Ensemble Theatre. 2022


Our Start

Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Desert Rose Playhouse & Wass Tech. 2022
(Photo Credit to Nathan Cox)

Modern Men Coachella Valley Men’s Chorus. Spring 2023

The Alliance of Desert Theatres started as many people and businesses have had to do since the COVID pandemic took hold, with a Zoom call. Since that first virtual meeting on May 15, 2020, the group has created several working committees. The group, which consists primarily of the theatres’ & performing arts organizations’ artistic directors, senior management, and business representatives, shares information and ideas.

We support one another through the uncertainty that abounds as we reopen as safely as possible for our patrons, actors, artists, employees and volunteers. We brainstorm about things like bulk purchasing power, co-op advertising, streaming platforms, video equipment, season subscription formats, safe outdoor venues, how to have a voice with elected officials. We share real time information about our industry & professional unions.

At the forefront of the discussions are how our theatre companies can best safely offer the vibrance of live performing arts to our communities to continue to enrich people’s lives. We are strengthened by our connection with one another and we are determined to keep the powerful resonance of theatre alive and thriving.

Working for Change

Our Advocacy

Learn more about the initiative to help fund California’s small theatres via legislation that made its way through the CA Legislature as the Performing Arts Equitable Payroll Fund Bill, CA SB1116 and was signed into law by Governor Newsome. Our collective organizations worked with local and state officials to encourage the funding of this bill in the legislative budget process. Click on the button below to get more information.

Get in Touch

Join Us? Need More Info?

Please feel free to get in touch with one of the Alliance member organizations by clicking on their logo above. For questions specific to AODT, email us at