Chuck Yates (Founding Artistic Director/Producer) – Three-time Desert Star Award-winner and Founding Artistic Director of Coyote StageWorks, Chuck has acted in Greater Tuna; A Tuna Christmas, Art and most memorably as Truman Capote in, Tru. As Artistic Director/Producer he has overseen all of CSW’s productions garnering a total of 65 Desert Star wins, received the Joan Woodbury Mitchell Award for “making theater happen” in 2012, the Michael Grossman Inspiration Award in 2016, and two consecutive “Best Live Theater” wins in Desert Magazine in 2013 and 2014.
Chuck is also a recent recipient of The Shiny Apple Award 2016 for work and contributions to the students of the Palm Springs Unified School District. Outside of CSW, he performed in Tru (Invisible Theatre, Tucson. MAC Nomination Best Actor); and Into the Woods (Musical Theatre University). He directed Laurence Luckinbill in Teddy Tonight! (Invisible Theatre, Tucson; Northcoast Rep; and the McCallum Theatre). New York stage: Landscape of the Body; Slam!; Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean; and Holy Ghosts. Regionally: Cabaret; Baby With The Bathwater; The Grass Harp; and Runaways. Chuck also wrote for the television shows “Caroline in the City” and “Dharma & Greg,” each garnering a People’s Choice Award. He is a graduate of The Alabama School of Fine Arts, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts – NY, and studied privately with the late, great Geraldine Page. A strong believer in “Paying it forward,” Chuck teaches advanced acting to the students of Musical Theater University at the Rancho Mirage High School.