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Thursday, November 30, 2023

Behind the Casting Table: How the Alley Casts a Show

Casting is an art form at Alley Theatre that brings characters to life. Behind this process is the Alley's Associate Producer & Casting Director, Brandon Weinbrenner.

Thursday, November 9, 2023

Creating Victorian London with Scenic Designer Michael Locher

One of the great joys – and challenges! – of designing for theatre is the occasional opportunity to tackle a story, setting, or play that feels iconic. Designers are often tasked with introducing audiences to places they’ve never seen before,

Tuesday, October 17, 2023


When you enter the theatre to see our beautiful production of American Mariachi, you are met with a towering wall that evokes the billboards and neon signs of 1970s Houston. This wall has been an exciting challenge for the Alley’s Lighting Team. Throughout the show, the wall changes colors, and various signs light up to cinematically transport the audience from place to place.

Thursday, October 5, 2023

Resident Acting Company member Chris Hutchison on Anton Chekhov

Little Comedies, thanks to Richard’s trust in the actors, in the plays, and in you, our audience, is determined to give us both: A great show and a beautiful simplicity in performance, design and concept.

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

What it Means to be a Resident Acting Company at Alley Theatre

Alley Theatre's Resident Acting Company is a cornerstone of the Alley's artistic identity. Comprised of nine actors, the company brings a unique and vital element to the Alley's productions. Resident Acting Companies are exceptionally rare in modern theater. The Alley is honored to have the only full-time, year-round Resident Acting Company in the United States. 

Thursday, September 14, 2023

Artistic Director Rob Melrose on the Alley’s Resident Acting Company

Our nine RAC actors are the only actors in this project which is nice both for company-building and to celebrate one of the last acting companies in the American Theatre, something both Richard and I feel should be cherished.

Friday, September 8, 2023

How the Alley Hand-Crafts The Wigs For AMERICAN MARIACHI

The wig department here at the Alley is already hard at work on American Mariachi. Set in the 1950s and 1970s, this production will use wigs to help indicate the passage of time. Our wigs also help the audience understand a character’s identity, age, and archetype.

Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Crafting the Visual Identity of American Mariachi – A Conversation with Alley Theatre’s Senior Graphic Designer, Francisco Delgado

We chatted with Francisco Delgado, Alley Theatre's Senior Graphic Designer, about the graphic design process for our upcoming production of American Mariachi.