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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Theater

Mission: We are Houston's Alley Theatre, infused with the city's spirit of freedom, its drive to break new ground, its ambition to excel and its belief that nothing is impossible. We exist to bring artists and audiences together to experience the powerful stories that deepen our understanding of ourselves, one another and the world we share. And we believe that the power of those stories is enhanced by our deep commitment to the art of Theatre, to the artists who make it and to an impact that is invariably meaningful.To build upon the success of the Alley's first sixty years, we will assemble the most outstanding and complete creative community under one roof in America by our 70th Anniversary. Our Acting Company, playwrights and directors will be second to none, and they will be attracted in part by the production resources made available to them by outstanding designers, dramaturgs and artisans. The Alley will be a model for theatrical exploration of contemporary ideas and a catalyst for social discourse. We will be recognized internationally for interpreting existing plays boldly and with insight and for bringing forth new writers and plays destined to be the classics of tomorrow. We will be the collaborator of first choice for artists and arts organizations, and we will learn from those exchanges while exporting our work to the nation and the world. In these ways, the Alley will earn recognition as the leader in American Theatre.

Programs: Arts, culture & humanities programs, general/other: professional resident theatre services for the 12/13 season: productions - 11; total attendance - 171,976; the alley theatre, founded in 1947, is one of the leading professional nonprofit theatre companies in the us. The alley, which maintains a resident company of actors, directors, playwrights and designers, performs up to eleven productions a year on two stages (hubbard stage, 824 seats and neuhaus stage, 310 seats). In 2014 the alley board of directors approved a project to renovate the theater facility at a total cost of $46. 5 million. The renovation began subsequent to the end of the fiscal year and is projected to be complete by september 2015. The alley produces a wide variety of theatrical productions, including american and european classics, musicals, contemporary plays and new work. In addition to the theatre performance complex at 615 texas st. , the alley has a 75,000 square foot center for theatre production, which contains rehearsal space, offices, and the scene, props, and costume shops. The alley has earned a national and international reputation for artistic achievement, including the tony award for outstanding regional theatre. Education and community engagement (ece) programming attendance - 58,378 (student matinees attendance figure -12,628- is included in total attendance number for productions. ) the mission of the education department at the alley theatre is to become a driving force for arts education, to create an advanced training ground for young and emerging theatre artists and to provide a forum for community discourse, interaction and understanding. To this end, the department delivers services to local elementary, middle and high schools, provides professional development in arts integration to teachers and school administrators and offers on-going classes to the houston community.

Community Stories

57 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is delightful to volunteer at The Alley Theatre. You meet interesting people and see top-notch, award-winning enteretainment. It is one of Houston's cultural gems.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are so very lucky in Houston to have the wonderful and professional Alley Theatre! I enjoy volunteering....and I especially enjoy seeing the productions (including tha Talk Backs).

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Alley Theatre , WOW!!!! , each performace is wonderful , I love to be Volunteer at the Alley.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Alley Theatre is THE theatre for our Houston community. The artistic quality is very high We all eagerly look forward to every new season.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every performance I have seen has been of the highest quality. I am amazed at the talent in Houston. Thank you Alley for bringing the best to Houston.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We LOVE the Alley Theatre! We have been season ticket patrons for many years and we really enjoy the diversity that is offered. Year after year we have watched the very talented cast grow as performers. We are so fortunate to have the high quality live theatre that the Alley provides for us year after year.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

We really enjoyed seeing the holiday performance of a Christmas Story at the Alley this year. We found it to be well produced & entertaining & the characters all came to life in the familiar story.

Previous Stories

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

During frequent visits to Houston, I've had several opportunities to attend performances at the Alley Theatre. I've enjoyed the variety of performances offered, both on the smaller Neuhaus stage aswell as the Hubbard stage. I've enjoyed some of the holiday shows too, and especially enjoyed looking at the wonderful Christmas trees on display in the Theatre over the past couple of years. What a wonderful tradition.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's always a treat when we visit the Alley during Houston's Annual Theatre District Day. It's an opportunity to purchase tickets for family shows at reasonable prices. It's a welcoming venue for all.
My 12 year old daughter joined the Young Performers Studio this fall and is receiving professional lessons in multiple aspects of theatre at a reasonable rate also. She wants to be a writer and I hope that one day she can come back to the Alley and give back to those that are giving her so much.

Barrett W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have nothing but the best to say about the Alley. As far as community engagement goes, the Alley has many opportunities for those interested in the arts to see the Alley up close. It's a wonderful hub for regional theatre; those operating the Alley deserve at least a dozen awards.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Susan V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Cindy H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.