Hi-Desert Playhouse

Congratulations! To the Hi-Desert Playhouse division for winning a crowning 11 awards at this year’s Desert Theatre League awards… tying for the best production company in the Southern California desert region!

The Desert’s best in live theater!

The Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s multi-theater complex serves as the Joshua Tree National Park gateway communities’ primary source for hi-quality theatrical performances and education. For over 50 years, the Cultural Center’s award-winning Hi-Desert Playhouse division has provided the area’s best in professional, community, and youth theater productions. From HBO or New York Drama Desk award-winning playwrights trying-out new staged readings or full-scale theatrical works with Tony Award-winning actors, to the performances of a large community cast bringing to life the classic Wizard of Oz, to a powerful youth theater production of Disney’s The Lion King Jr., or the original avante-garde spoken word monologues and performances of eclectic desert artisans – the Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s professionally staged productions and state-of-the-art venues are YOUR theaters of choice.

Interested in staging a production?

Playwrights or directors who desire to stage a viable production at the Center may send an email to info@hidesertculturalcenter.org for more information.

  • Professional Theater Productions are special engagements that are open to the public and provide a venue for the public to see, hear, and learn about the theatrical arts. From the dramatic to the comical, this also includes performances in poetry and spoken word to professional magicians and comedians. Temporarily scaled-back while completing renovations on its primary theater, the Cultural Center offers between three to five professional theater productions depending on the season.
  • Community Theater Productions are open to amateur and experienced thespians and live theater enthusiasts who desire to participate in producing and mounting live stage productions – whether on the stage or as technicians and stage crew. Temporarily scaled-back while completing renovations on its primary theater, the Cultural Center traditionally offers between three to five community theater productions depending on the season.
  • Youth Theater & Education is a program offered to area youth to help them see, hear, learn, and participate in the live theatrical arts. See our ArtsTech Academy page for more information.


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GREAT NEWS FOR SEASON PACKAGE TICKET HOLDERS! Should your schedule change and you find yourself needing to attend a performance on a different date — if you give the Box Office at least 48 hours notice prior to your ticketed performance, management will attempt to exchange your ticket for a different performance of the same show!