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August 18, 2011

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August 18, 2011

I worked as an intern and had a wonderful experience. Everyone was very welcoming from day one. I was given more and more complicated projects that helped me grow and understand my field better. My ideas were readily accepted and some were implemented. I felt like a true part of the team and not 'just an intern.' I did the Fitzpatrick internship program and even got paid a little each week and finding a paid internship in the arts is not easy. I encourage anyone interested in Theatre interships to check out the Alley Theatre.

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

Internship in Development

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

No complaints

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes. I enjoyed working with everyone and it helped me determine what I want to do in Theatre - I knew I wanted to work in Theatre Administration somewhere but now I know which departments.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Good - everyone was encouraging and made me feel capable of accomplishing my different tasks.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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

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

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!

February 27, 2010

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February 27, 2010

On October 16, 1999, I attended Alley for Educators, a workshop for teachers that included a pre-show discussion of the production "A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE", lunch, the play, and a post-show TalkBack with the actors and artist team. From that date on, the Alley been part of my Houston family. The annual series of workshops for teachers was soon renamed Between the Lines and I moved between the lines of audience member and financial supporter to giving my time and energy as a volunteer for the Alley's Education and Community Engagement Department and for the activities the Alley offers free to the public during the annual Theatre District Open House. Why is the Alley worthy of my support? The Alley has a long history of enhancing curiosity, imagination and insight in Houston audiences. The company of actors are professionals that give consistently believable performances in a wide variety of productions by well-known and newly-discovered playwrights. As an audience member participating in real-time storytelling, I am given opportunities to consider "Who am I?" and "What is my place?" in an interesting and increasingly diverse world. The theater stretches my understandings of the important concepts that I teach elementary students in Houston ISD and adds depth to my teaching. I feel joy as I watch my students use their imaginations and gain confidence through their work with an Alley teaching artist in a school residency and as they join other Houston area children and Alley teaching artists to create and perform original stories as part of the Young Performers Studio. I feel pride in Houston and the Alley as I watch the show "I, BARBARA JORDAN" performed as a touring production in schools and the full-stage productions of the season's plays that are offered to students in Alley matinee performances. I feel hope in the future of our human community as I read scripts sent to the Alley's Houston Young Playwrights Exchange (HYPE), follow the top teenage writers as they revise their plays with professional help, and then watch a readers' theater production of the still-in-process growth of the play. Understanding, Joy, Pride, Hope -- what a gift to life I receive from the programs of the Alley Theatre!

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

...my own participation as an adult interested in what theater brings to my life and in observing the benefits received my public school students as they participated in Alley programs for young people.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

...the enrichment to my personal growth and the enrichment I've add to my teaching of elementary students.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

...energetic, caring, curious, creative and FUN!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

...bring the benefits of participating in live theater programs as a regular experience to all young people, the elderly, and all those in the Greater Houston Area whose lives would be enriched by a spark of intellectual curiosity and creative expression.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 15, 2010

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February 15, 2010

I was a long-term season ticket holder right out of college in the 80's. I was thrilled with the quality of the production and acting. I was proud my hometown had such quality theatre. When I lost my job I started ushering as a way to cut back expenses. The staff treat the ushers like an asset. I work for a local university and have had the pleasure of seeing our drama students effuse about David Rainey, a member of the Alley Resident Company, and his contribution as an instructor in or drama program.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very interested in their contribution to a great performance. Very respectful of the artistic process of performing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 14, 2010

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February 14, 2010

Since to being drawn to Houston 20 yrs ago, in part by its great reputation for Fine Arts, I've been involved with the Alley Theater, one of the very few with its own Resident Acting Company. The productions are ALWAYS 1st rate, second to none. Artistic Director Gregory Boyd is a nat'l leader in the field with new productions, their costume dept also supplies local resident opera and ballet companies, and their educational workshops and matinee's for students are a huge asset to the community.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Underwrite more new plays and productions, complete it's expansion plans to revamp the lobby with a second lounge & cocktail area, and add to its endowments to insure adequate funding during hard times. It could also produce 'summer in the park' plays.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 14, 2010

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February 14, 2010

Houston is so fortunate to have such great theatre. I have seen a variety of plays/musicals at the Alley and enjoyed them all. Jekyle And Hyde was developed there and it went on to Broadway. I saw the World premier of Wonderland there today, another terrific musical. The two stages allow for large productions upstairs and more intimate performances downstairs.

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

putting together exceptional quality plays.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the variety of different types of drama.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all very concerned about the quality of service provided to make your theatre experience perfect.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Bring Broadway talent to town much more often.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 14, 2010

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February 14, 2010

The Alley is a fantastic community resource - and has been for many years! Every production I have seen there has been absolutely superb - from the acting, to the sets, costumes, and lighting. I also am privileged to be a part of the group that provides exemplary service to the audiences.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The wonderful productions!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all terrific.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

wow! The sky would be the limit!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 14, 2010

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February 14, 2010

Alley Theatre's resident company is superb! It is such a rare privilege to see the same actors portray so many different "faces". Each one is extremely versatile. Sprinkle this with performances by wonderful guest artists and you have it all: old friends and familiar faces and fresh new talent all working together to keep Houstonians entertained. Always a treat.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the resident company wearing so many different "hats". Great fun!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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