Questions About KidsWorks?

Desert Theatreworks (DTW), Coachella Valley's inclusive 501(c)3 non-profit theatre, seeks donations and sponsors for KIDSWORKS, a tuition-free education program for ages 7-19.  

What is Kidsworks?
Beginning October 2016, DTW began a new children's theatre education program entitled KIDSWORKS. The program is designed for youth aged 7-19 yrs who will audition to become part of the KIDSWORKS company.  The children receive acting, singing and dance training in order to present productions at the conclusion of the session. The style is always musical theatre; however the music and material cover many genres.  DTW will has multiple credentialed theatre instructors, costumers and supervisory staff who are all pre-screened to work with Children.  The KIDSWORKS program has multiple auditions throughout the year to accept new members, giving more opportunity to all in the Valley.

Why Kidsworks?  "Growing up in Fresno, CA.  I was always jealous of the other kids who performed at GOOD COMPANY PLAYERS JUNIOR COMPANY.  They were learning fundamentals of theatre performance and getting a big chance to perform in front of large audiences." says Artistic Director Lance Phillips-Martinez.  "I set up Kidsworks to be a training ground for younger performers who have the talent and drive, but could not afford the high tuition prices currently offered by other local theatres and dance studios.  Kidsworks should be a jump start to any student who wants to be in the performing arts." Our program focuses on all forms of theatrical production, teaching children camaraderie, leaderships skill, and produces lasting bonds between campers. DTW instructors are trained in helping children overcome shyness and assist them with any learning obstacles, bringing out the best in the student. We at DTW wish all provide have a life-changing experience through use of the arts and are happy to provide this unique opportunity.​

How does my donation help?
Your donation will help DTW make the program tuition free!  There are many expenses to cover for this program, including:  instructors, costuming, musicians, royalties, and rehearsal space.  These expenses are continuous as long as the program is running.  Your donation is not only needed for the program, but sincerely appreciated.

Corporate/Individual Sponorships
We are accepting Indiviual Sponsorships and Corporate Sponsorships for KIDSWORKS.  Please contact or call
​(760)980-1455 for more information.  

About Desert Theatreworks
Desert Theatreworks (DTW) is a theatre company serving the Coachella Valley. Our aim is to provide quality theatre participation for the entire community. This coming season, Desert Theatreworks will again produce eight plays and musicals throughout the year at the Indio Performing Arts Center.

Mission Statement
The mission of Kidsworks is to inspire a love of the performing arts for the youth of the Coachella Valley and to enrich, educate and develop transferable skills in our young performers. We strive to create extraordinary live theatre and interactive educational experiences within a professional theatre environment, that stimulates participants to become exemplary aspiring artists and future patrons of the arts. Our programs will help young people set and achieve high artistic and personal goals while building family relationships and working as a team to realize their full potential. We are invested in the future of our arts community and therefore offer many programs at little to no cost, in order to empower more families to get involved in arts-based programs that may not be offered in mainstream education. 

Desert Theatreworks' KidsWorks Programs are more than a training ground for the arts; it is a safe and nurturing environment where community is emphasized, friendship valued, and personal growth celebrated. We see it as the ideal place for children to learn about the arts and develop creative skills. 


Who Can Participate

KidsWorks is made up of performers aged 6 to 19. Desert Theatreworks looks for a balance of ages, sizes, genders and ethnicities, as well as talent. Formal voice and dance training is not a pre-requisite for acceptance into KidsWorks. Other attributes sought in KidsWorks members: potential, motivation, maturity, courtesy and commitment. 



KidsWorks rehearses during the day. The performance commitment is substantial: the Pre-Show goes on four or more times a week, Thursdays thru Sundays. The total time commitment can run 12 weeks.