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Alley Theatre

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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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The quality of the Alley's productions just keeps going up, with a great mix of classics and new works, including 3 world premieres this season. Mrs. Mannerly, currently on the small stage, is a wonderfully entertaining work, as was Wonderland, which just closed. The resident company is tremendously talented, and it is a pleasure to watch them in various different roles throughout the year and year to year.