To be an acknowledged leader of the American Theatre movement
Produce great theatre that embodies the resident company
The Alley Theatre began in 1947 with the vision of one remarkable woman. Working out of a tiny studio on Main Street, Nina Vance captured the imagination of a city and led a grassroots campaign to create a theatre that would embody Houston’s dynamism, cultural vitality, and love for the arts. Today, the Alley is one of the oldest, most successful and respected resident theatres in the country. It has an annual operating budget of $19 million and a combined artistic, administrative, operating, and production staff of nearly 200. Each season, the Alley’s productions and education and community engagement programs serve more than 200,000 people who reflect the growing diversity of Greater Houston.
Since the Alley opened its landmark building on Texas Avenue, it has drawn more than eight million people to the downtown Theater District. After a year-long, $46.5 million renovation, the Alley Theatre now boasts the most advanced and sophisticated stage facilities of any non-profit theater in the country. Renowned directors, actors, playwrights, and designers from across the country regularly join its resident company and stage artists in the Alley’s 75,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art Center for Theatre Production to rehearse and create the sets, props, and costumes for each play.
The Alley’s Education and Community Engagement programs encourage creative expression and participation in the theatre arts, promote math and science learning, improve critical literacy skills, foster personal growth and celebrate Houston’s heritage and cultural diversity. To deliver its programs, the Alley regularly teams educational and nonprofit organizations throughout the Houston area. Among its principal partners are Houston Independent School District, Fort Bend Independent School District and the Alley’s 8 Partnership Schools.
The 2018-2019 season will begin with a Summer Chills Agatha Christie favorite, The Mousetrap. We then open Skeleton Crew in the Neuhaus Theatre by Dominique Morisseau. Set at the start of the 2008 Great Recession, this play follows a crew of one of the last Detroit auto stamping plants as they are confronted with life-altering choices. Opening on our Hubbard Theatre stage is a Shakespeare comedy classic, Twelfth Night. With quick wit and gender-bending hijinks, this production aims to highlight the talents of our Resident Acting Company. The traditional A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas returns to delight Houston audiences during the holiday season. Fresh from our Alley All New series, Robert Askin’s The Carpenter makes its world premiere on the Alley stage. This serio-comedy features family secrets, accidental partner swaps, and lots of laughs. Quack by Eliza Clark makes its regional debut on the Neuhaus stage after also having success at last year’s Alley All New Festival. The Tony Award-winning family drama The Humans by Stephen Karam plays next on the Hubbard Theatre. After that, renowned director Theresa Rebeck returns to the Alley to direct Pulitzer Prize-winning Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley. Finishing out our series in the Neuhaus, we have Nick Payne’s Constelations about one couple, infinite possibilities, and the place where science and romance collide. We close out our season with Ken Ludwig’s action-packed swashbuckling adventure, The Three Musketeers.
The Alley’s Education
and Community Engagement programs encourage creative expression and
participation in the theatre arts, promote math and science learning, improve
critical literacy skills, foster personal growth, and celebrate Houston’s
heritage and cultural diversity. Last season, the Alley Theatre provided a
record 497,406 educational contact hours to students, educators, patrons, and
community members. Our touring shows and educational programs served 79,403 students and 3,660 teachers from 25 independent school
districts throughout Greater Houston. ECE trained stellar teaching artists, met
challenging curriculum objectives, and designed appropriate program
assessments. It’s been an extraordinary period of exemplary education, strong
partnerships, and ultimately an outstanding non-profit that meets community
needs on multiple levels. In September, we returned to our newly renovated
theatre full of new opportunities for our audiences and community. ECE
continues to prepare even more educational, life-changing arts experiences.
In 2016, the Alley
Theatre proudly launched Alley All New,
a major new works initiative designed to expand the Alley’s commitment to the
playwright and to produce more world premieres. Alley All New is comprised of a variety of public and in-house
programs designed to support playwrights and cater to the needs of each new
project. From the start of the festival, many of the featured plays have gone
on to full productions all around the country. At the Alley, we have produced
seven of the featured works in the festival, five of which were world
premieres. For the upcoming 2018-2019 season, we plan to produce the world
premiere of Robert Askin’s The Carpenter
as well as the regional premiere of Eliza Clark’s Quack. The initiative does not stop with the festival, however. We
plan to produce more world premieres, commission new plays, and engage and
support playwrights year round. The Alley
All New Festival for the upcoming season will be held January 17-27, 2019.
With our new
building comes new technology to help you hear all the action. The Hubbard
Theatre induction loop system turns every Telecoil-equipped hearing aid and
cochlear implant into a personalized listening device connected directly to the
theatre’s sound system. In addition, easy-to-wear headsets provide clear,
amplified sound in both the Hubbard and Neuhaus theatres, and our closed
captioning system provides a digital display screen that simultaneously
displays the lines of the play so you don’t miss a word. Both the Hubbard and
Neuhaus Theatres have wheelchair- and scooter-accessible locations where
patrons can remain in their wheelchairs or transfer to theater seats.
Designated performances allow vision impaired patrons the additional
description of set designs, costumes, and other visual elements that enhance
the theatre-going experience through headsets.
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