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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

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Leila2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

My son took part in The Alley's Young Performers Studio last summer and he had a fabulous time, made lots of new friends and was part of a spectacular performance at the end.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The Alley Theatre provided a scholarship to my disabled daughter so she could participate with her peers in their summer enrichment program. My daughter grew so much from her experience and had a good time as well. I was amazed at how caring and giving the staff at the Alley were and impressed with their very organized enrichment program. We can't wait to do it again next summer.

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.

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.

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Not only do I attend every TalkBack at the Alley Theatre, I greatly look forward to them. Joe Babb does an amazing job discussing and examining the context and content of the play. It provided a much richer experience.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My students have been given the most important gift from the Alley, the opportunity to experience live theatre of the highest caliber. We, as teachers, can experience thought provoking workshops in Between the Lines and see the play! It is a win-win combination. Thank you, Alley!