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January 26, 2011

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January 26, 2011

As a young college grad, I have had the pleasure of interning at the Alley Theatre twice. My first internship in 2008 was with the Young Performer's Studio as a teaching assistant. I was so fortunate to work with such talented professionals and get the experience of working side by side with them. I was able to see how smoothly their backstage production ran and how they greatly influenced the lives of children in Houston. My second internship in 2010 right after college was in Marketing and PR. This internship experience was different; I was working in the administrative offices and seeing how a successful regional theatre deals with the ups and downs of the struggling economy, customer relations, and marketing individual productions. The best part about my time at the Alley has been the way they treated me like a professional. They always expected the best out of me and in turn, I always strived to do my absolute best. They were helpful in not only teaching me about my specific internship interests, but allowing me to step outside of my department and help others throughout the building. As a fresh college graduate, I was also on the job hunt throughout my internship. The staff at the Alley were so vital during that time. They supported me and were willing to give me any time necessary to go out for interviews. I got a job before my internship was over, and they were nothing but ecstatic for me to go take the new job. Without their guidance, knowledge, and faith in me, I would not have been able to enter the 'real world' with such confidence. My supervisors were very detailed with my performance review and gave me wonderful constructive criticism.

The Alley takes great care in making sure their interns leave with an experience that makes them not only knowledgable about the professional arts world, but the saff takes the time to carefully craft them into better individuals as well. I am lucky to have gotten the time to be a part of what they are doing for the arts of Texas.

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I was a more marketable job candidate; I went on several interviews alone based on my time at the Alley. I was also made aware of my extreme passion for arts administration. They have helped me with grad programs and written letters of recommedation for me at such late notice. They took time out of their days to make sure that I would get what I needed. I just can't thank them enough for what they did for me.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make the talent more accessible. They have such fabulous and talented performers, but rarely put them into the community. These actors are Houston's own celebrities. If the artists could make an appearance with Houston's big philanthropies, it could only help the Alley's community involvement.

January 19, 2011

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January 19, 2011

The Alley Theatre launched a unique partnership with Katy ISD last year. The highly interactive relationship between The Alley, Wood Group and Morton Ranch High School was a first for business partnerships in Katy ISD. The partnership supported a year-long residency program at Morton Ranch and, was so successful that, thanks to additional funding from Wood Group, we have expanded to include Taylor High School this school year. The programs offered by The Alley are outstanding. They instruct and inspire students on every level. The Alley's presence has energized these two high school theatre programs. Our high school students have enjoyed theatre instruction and experiences they never would have received otherwise. Of course, the secret to all great partner relatioships is quality, dedicated, passionate people. The Alley leads the way in the Houston area, in my opinion, in their commitment to extending the blessing of theatre to students in the Houston Area. They come to us. They reach out across all boundaries. We are most grateful and hope that our partnership with them will continue for years to come.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Participating in planning and implementation of partnership activities.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide more funding so their outstanding programs can be offered to more schools.

January 19, 2011

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January 19, 2011

This is the second year that The Alley Theatre and Wood Group have worked with Katy ISD. The program has helped my daughter learn proper writing skills, performance etiquette and stage appreciation. The program has also allowed other students to have their plays performed. There is no substitute for the knowledge, skill and dedication that The Alley has for our children. When many fine arts programs are being stripped from schools, it is good to know that others are out there trying to keep art alive.

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The way that it has opened my daughter's mind and given her confidence.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not change a thing-unless making it bigger counts!

January 18, 2011

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January 18, 2011

Alley Theatre provides meaningful, hands-on types of training programs for theatre teachers, their students, and their administrators. Teachers receive training, recognition, relevant participation, and inciteful leadership ideas for making their classroom instruction increasingly powerful while grounding professional expertise.

Dr. Susan K. Vaughan

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Year-long workshops for teachers.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase our participation.

January 14, 2011

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January 14, 2011

The Alley Theater is a long standing well respected major cultural arts center for the people of Houston Texas. I know that when I bring my family or friends to a show it will be a magical experience. I can rely on the Alley to always have top notch performances and design talents. My sister took acting lessons there in the 1960's when it was the Theater in the Round, and I have watched it grow over the years to world renown status all while keeping its intimate and charmed atmosphere. The Alley Theater is a true Houston gem.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen and experienced the impact of having excellent theater readily available to the community.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Dont stop bringing in contoversial and enlightening topics keep us on the edge of our seats!

January 13, 2011

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January 13, 2011

Our family has a tradition of attending Christmas Carol at The Alley Theater every year. It is a wonderful start to Christmas and we truely enjoy it. Party of the fun is the atmosphrere created with all of the beautiful Christmas tree's in the lobby area. We have enjoyed taking pictures in front of the tree's for our Christmas card. I was honored when I was invited along with other Houston area designers to decorate one of the trees in 2010. It was so much fun and exciting to be part of the tradition we love so much. This year we also saw a young man propose to his beautiful bride to be in front of the biggest tree, it was so sweet. The production is top notch, location in downtown Houston is fantastic and the volunteers and staff are absolutely fabulous. We look forward to many years of this Christmas tradition. Thank you Alley Theater!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Invited along with other Houston designers to decorate a Christmas tree in the lobby of Alley Theater. Attended the opening night of Christmas Carol.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Revamp the restrooms.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

That it is non-profit.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 13, 2011

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January 13, 2011

I love going to the Alley Theatre. It is a totally different experience and I always come away with a smile on my face. The intimate setting in the small theatre is my favorite because it makes me feel that I am part of the cast and I am totally enthralled by the experience. Riejan

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I saw a fabulous play by one actor and felt like he was talking just to me.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of anything except to have more!!

January 13, 2011

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January 13, 2011

I think the Alley Theatre is my favorite venue to see a play in Houston. The intimate stage setup is very conducive to feeling a part of the performance. The accoustics are so good, even when I have not been as close as I would prefer. The ambiance, the specific plays, all of it is magical. I took my youngest son and his girlfriend to To Kill A Mockingbird a few years back and it lit the seed of what a live performance can do that a film or a book cannot accomplish. I love The Alley!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Some designers that I know got involved in the Tree Decorating at Christmas--it was a rewarding experience for them and I am so glad The Alley offered that opportunity for them.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Perhaps adding some type of food to intermission experience would be a benefit. Perhaps having an earlier opening time would be helpful to some that are coming from the suburbs.

January 13, 2011

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January 13, 2011

I think this organization is a huge asset to Houston. Katy ISD has a partnership with the Alley Theatre and the Wood group, which makes many workshops, back stage tours, Playwriting 360, and the A-Team opportunities available to our students.

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My son is a student at Morton Ranch HS and has been in the theatre dept. there for 3 years. For the last 2 years, he has been exposed to "life at the Alley" through performances, back stage tours, demonstrations, Q&As, and meetings with the directors and actors. This behind the scenes glimpse is something that few have the opportunity to experience and it has been priceless for our kids. The staff is always great and offers honest answers to the kids questions.

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It would be wonderful if it were possible for more students/schools to be involved in the priceless piece of theatre education.

January 13, 2011

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January 13, 2011

Our high school theatre department is entering into the 4th semester of working with the Alley Theatre's Education Department. We are extremely grateful to the directors and technicians who have worked with us in the classroom and back stage at the Alley throughout the past two years. It has allowed our theatre students opportunities that many may not have had to see a variety of professional productions and to participate in responding and reacting to those productions with the teaching artists. In addition, the Playwriting 360 residency has also allowed our students to experience a "cross curricular" process on our campus with a Creative Writing class. The students now understand the importance of new works to the world of Theatre with many of them stating that they hope to write more! Thanks also goes to Katy ISD, Partners In Education Department and especially to the Wood Group for providing us this wonderful opportunity.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I personally experienced the results of this organization by watching one of our student's new work through the Playwriting 360 residency presented on the Alley Theatre's main stage through the Houston Young Playwrights Exchange (HYPE) program.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would find a way to increase the staff of the Education Outreach Department to allow more schools the various experiences which they are providing to us!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

The Alley Theatre is one of the theatres that I have gone to as a patron of the theatre for many year.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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