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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
This is the 2nd year that my high school has been fortunate enough to be a part of the Alley's Playwriting 360 partnership. As a school administrator, I can't say enough positive things about the experience this partnership has given our students. They have the opportunity to write plays, have them critiqued by professionals, work through the revising and editing process, experience the emotions of seeing their creative work interpretted by actors and directors, see it play out in front of an audience, etc - all in a very guided, nurturing framework. Although we had a great theater department before the partnership with the Alley, their commitment to our school has taken it to the next level. The Alley epitomizes what a school-business partnership can mean for students.
Our organization is part of the Alley Theatre AlleyWays Program and we have been so fortunate to have been able to expose our students to theater in Houston. Before participating in this program, none of our students had ever attended a theater arts performance before. Many of our families are low-income and their financial focus is on other things such as rent and food. To be able to plant the seed of appreciation of the arts in these kids now is such a blessing for our organization!
My daughter was the recipient of a partial scholarship for a young performer’s acting (summer) class. In a short amount of time, my daughter made new friends and learned to love the theater for all its worth. Her behind the scene experience helps her appreciate all that goes into a play now rather than just enjoying the actors and the acting. The program boosted her self confidence and has given her something else to strive for in life. Just recently she worked on her class schedule for the 2010-2011 school year and I was happy to learn that she signed up for a semester of theater. I have the Alley Theater to thank for that piece of happiness in a young girl’s life.