Education & Community Engagement

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ALLEY IN RESIDENCE 

Alley Theatre is able to offer an array of exciting and impactful workshops and residencies to middle and high schools that are designed for in-person or online learning. Our programs use theatre as a tool to challenge students’ understanding of current events and explore and embrace fundamental questions with which we all wrestle.

Available workshops and residencies

Residencies marked with an * include showcase opportunities at Alley Theatre. 

SLAM POETRY*

Builds confidence by bringing language to life. Local professional Slam Poets guide students in the exploration of written and spoken expression through poetry while learning literary techniques. This residency can be conducted in-person or virtually.  For more information, click here

Required length: 10 sessions.

TYPE: Texas Young Playwrights exchange* 

Provide an entry point for the next great American playwright...or any student who just needs to tell their story. Five of the country’s most prolific playwrights help your students unearth the stories they need to tell. Using a customized online module, students are guided through a carefully curated and engaging program featuring  a mix of synchronous and asynchronous instruction. The process culminates in each student crafting their own 10-minute play. For more information, click here.

Required length: 14 sessions

First Draft/ Primer Borrador* 

Transform memories into personal narratives. Students explore a combination of playwriting and creative non-fiction techniques to generate stories. These first drafts create a solid foundation for college essays, monologues, and devised performance. This residency can be conducted in-person or virtually. 

Recommended length: 8 sessions.

SHAKESPEARE

Bring Shakespeare’s language to life. Students investigate the universal themes represented in the work and how it applies to modern day, while learning fundamental concepts including poetry and characterization.

Recommended length: 5 sessions, 10 sessions to include scene work. 

IMPROVISATION

Learn through exercises and unscripted scenes how to think creatively on the spot. An important foundational skill, Improv fosters a sense of ensemble, strengthens listening skills, and encourages bold choices. Perfect for beginning and advanced performers. 

Recommended length: 4 sessions. 

MONOLOGUES 

Delve into script and character analysis by working on the actor’s calling card – the monologue. Students are guided through a process of creating character, environment, and clear intention - essential foundational skills for all performers.

Recommended length: 5 class days

ALLEY ARTICULATED 

Executive Presence is an essential tool for almost all professions, but not all students understand the nuances of effective presentation and communication. Adapted from our successful coaching program for business professionals, Alley Teaching Artists help students refine skills that give them a leg up in job interviews, auditions, and public speaking.

Recommended length: 5-10 class days

MONOLOGUE AS SONG

An ovation-worthy performance in a musical requires more than just a pretty voice. Our accomplished Teaching Artists, who have appeared on Broadway and in major theatres across the country, will guide your students through the process of developing a three-dimensional character with a show-stopping character arc.

Recommended length: 5-8 class days

MOVEMENT & DANCE

The Alley can work with you to achieve specific goals tied to a particular show or theatrical work. Based on availability, the Alley can partner you with a Teaching Artist who has extensive experience as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. Our current roster includes Broadway veterans and alumni of the American Ballet Theatre.

Recommended length: 3-5 class days

SHOW BUSINESS

A professional theatre or film artist needs more than just talent to sustain a career. They must have a keen understanding of how technology and social media can serve as essential tools for promoting themselves and their work. Led by Broadway veteran and Social Media Influencer Brett Shuford - he shows students how to build a brand for themselves while staying true to their art.

Recommended length: 1-2 class days

THEATRE FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE

Explore social justice issues that impact your community and your future, using Forum Theatre techniques pioneered by Brazilian theatre artist Augusto Boal. Students engage in meaningful discussion around difficult topics and explore potential active solutions to real life problems.

Recommended length: 10 class days

TIME MACHINE INTERVIEW

What’s important for us to remember about what’s happening right now? Alley actors and artists guide students in creating and interviewing an 80-year-old version of themselves. Focusing on Acting fundamentals such as truth, objective, and tactic, students walk away with a powerful and cathartic piece of theatre.

Recommended length: 5 class days

The B.E.T.A. Project

Everyone entering the workforce - whether as an artist, entrepreneur, or administrative assistant - must have the ability to embrace lifelong upskilling to keep pace with our rapidly transforming economies. This innovative residency partners technology with the fundamentals of storytelling. Using pre-recorded “Open Scenes,” Teaching Artists guide students through the process of creating their story with lessons in directing, scripting, and editing. The B.E.T.A. (Building Exceptional Theatrical Art) Project is great for classes with an array of experience with tech.

Required Length: 8 sessions

STAGE COMBAT & INTIMACY

Whether it’s a stage slap or a kiss, it’s more important than ever that students and educators understand the fundamentals of physical contact between artists. Alley Theatre can partner you with a Teaching Artist who is highly trained in stage combat and/or intimacy, and they will guide you through the process of creating a safe and communicative environment in the classroom or onstage.

Recommended length: 1-3 class days

dEVISING

Collaboratively create theatrical works based on what matters to you. Guided by Alley Teaching Artists, students work as an ensemble to transform complex ideas into original scenes - using a variety of techniques including improvisation, physicality, and tableau.

Recommended length: 5 class days.  

 

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