My 11 year old daughter has participated in YPS(Young Performers Studio) at the Alley Theatre for the past two summers. This program has been a great benefit her. Not only has the Alley Theatre provided her with the basics of acting, they have also enhanced her creativity. I especially appreciate that the students learn how to construct a play from start to finish and all productions presented at the end of the program are written by the students themselves. Very impressive.
This past summer, I participated in the Alley Theater's HYPE (Houston Young Playwrights Exchange) program. I can honestly say that attending the program gave me a different perspective on writing, and it led me to develop a passion for playwrighting that I wouldn't have developed had it not been for the Alley Theater (I had never been involved with a theater before and my school does not offer a theater program or club). I love the Alley!
I became more involved personally as an usher when the company I work for started sponsoring the Alley Theatre many years ago. The staff and actors are amazing. Because I try to usher once a month, I've seen plays which I would not have chosen on my own to see but thoroughly enjoyed, which has made it quite evident that the selection of plays is so varied that everyone will find something to "must see". Volunteers are treated with respect and like one of their own. I've recommended friends who have become ushers too. I am their biggest fan! Monika B.
The Alley theater not only provides good quality programming for the community as a whole, they have many out reach programs for children and artists. As a volunteer, I have been part of these opportunities. To see a child attend their first live theater performance is wonderful. They are so excited and learn so much. I have ushered at The Alley for years. I have always been treated with respect, courtesy and a level of professionalism rarely found in a volunteer arena. The Alley is a treasure to the entire Houston community and all who walk through their doors.
I have been an Alley Volunteer for 16 years and have enjoyed my relationship with the Alley very much. The theatre is small enough to be able to have a good seat anywhere one wishes. The actors are fantastic, the stage props awesome, and there is an array of plays to please all patrons. Come to the Alley for a very enjoyable time of entertainment.
I spent 15 weeks at the Alley as a Bettye Fitzpatrick Intern in the Marketing department and then was given the opportunity to extend my stay. My time spent at the Alley Theatre could not have been more positive. I was very lucky to be given the chance to explore my love of the arts and find out that there is a place for a young professional with no theatre experience to speak of in the world of professional theatre. The people I interacted with on a daily basis were always ready to help me learn and advance as an intern and the entire company is filled with people ready to help others at a moment's notice. Everyone I encounter at the Alley is genuine and honest in their love of theatre and their desire to offer their skills and talents in creating premiere theatre experiences.
My husband and I enjoy the Alley Theatre so much and look forward to every play they put on there. We have been to many plays in London, New York and Los Angeles many times and we know that we have actors, designers and directors whether they are resident or brought in for a production will be indeed the quality, talent of the top in the world. We are looking forward to our close relationship for many years to come with the Alley.
The Alley Theatre is a treasure. It is one of the few independent theatres in the country and is one of the few theatres in Houston where people can see an original, quality production. My husband and I started volunteering at the Alley about a year ago. The staff of the Alley always treats us with respect and appreciation. I feel that by volunteering at the Alley, I am helping to provide quality artistic entertainment for the Houston area.
I love the Alley Theatre! Each season they offer an excellent selection of plays. Sometimes the material is thought-provoking, sometimes just plain fun, but always quality productions. I look forward to their offerings at Christmas time - can't wait to see Todd Waite as Crumpet the elf!! :-) Have been volunteering since 1999 and will continue to volunteer every year. The house managers work hard to keep us trained and informed, and urge us to make each performance a good experience for the patrons. I think this is the best theatre in Houston.
I've been a volunteer since the 90's and have enjoyed the experience and appreciated the opportunity I was given to see wonderful plays, both new and classic. The student matinees are fun to help with because of watching the reactions of the students. Even those who have obviously come only because it was required of them become caught up in the magic of live theater and find themselves enjoying the whole experience. What a wonderful way to introduce students to classic literature, experimental plays and the wonders of language.