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Education & Community Engagement

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Applied Theatre at the Alley (Alley ECE) is a national driving force for innovative arts education. We pioneer arts integration, cultivate the next generation of theatre artists, and foster community discourse.

Dear Alley Education Partners and Teachers,

Our hearts are with you during this time. We have been monitoring the status of your school districts ever since Harvey hit. With so many schools, homes, and roads impacted by flooding, the immensity of the devastation is hard to grasp. As many of you have already heard, the Alley is no exception—our facilities suffered extensive damage. But, the road to recovery has already started.

As we all begin to piece together a new normal—for our families and our students—we wanted you to know that we stand together. Thanks to Houston First’s donation of office space, the Alley Education & Community Engagement department is back online and raring to go.

We understand that every district, every school, and every classroom has its own needs. We are ready and prepared to help you meet those needs in any way we can. If you need to proceed with your established theatre arts plans or need to revisit those ideas, we are eager to help you establish routine amidst the chaos.

Sadly for some of you, we know that a whole new approach needs to be put in place to help you and your students cope with the new normal.

No matter your needs, we can work out the details on a timetable that makes sense for you.

Our Teaching Artists are waiting in the wings, eager and ready to work with meaningful and normalizing activities. We can help students’ process through writing and our First Draft personal narrative program or help boost your pacing calendar with relevant arts-integration units proven to help all learners retain vocabulary and concepts faster and longer. Essentially, we are here to help in any way we can, even if it’s to simply help create laughter and joy or build a community that feels safe again.
Please let us know at your earliest convenience how we can help. In the meantime, take care. Stay Houston Strong.
Our thoughts are with you.

Mary Sutton
Director of Education & Community Engagement


Featured Program

veterans songbook project

final concert

a partnership with hgoCO and the telling project - Free and open to the public

saturday, november 11 – 2:30 pm – Christ Church Cathedral

HGOco’s Veterans Songbook Project final concert will feature the music set to the text resulting from the storytelling and writing workshops held at various organizations, as well as additional works created from interviews and archival research of wartime efforts. In addition, this capstone event includes spoken-word performances by veterans, created in partnership with Applied Theatre at the Alley's First Draft program and Max Rayneard from The Telling Project. 

Oskar and the Big Bully Battle - Part 2

Featured Program - learning how to bounce back after a disaster

ALLEY character education series 2017-2018 TOUR

Oskar and the last straw - fall 2017
Oskar and the THUNDEROUS THINGAMABOB - spring 2018

Oskar's wacky world will entertain and engage students while they learn how to use resiliency as they process the aftermath of a crisis. Bring one of Alley Theatre's ever-popular touring productions to your school!

Workshops and Residencies

Featured Program - Resilience for Middle and High Schools

workshops and residencies

Create safe spaces for students to share their stories with our SEL-rich curriculum

Following Hurricane Harvey, every student has a story to tell. Alley Theatre wants to help students share these stories. Our writing and personal narrative programs—First Draft, Aristotle, and Playwriting 360º—create commons for students to reconnect after crisis. Bring Alley teaching artists for a workshop or residency to your school to help students bounce back as a group.


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Featured Program

staging stem


Alley Theatre's premier Arts Integration program is designed to energize core subjects for every student - especially those with the most unique learning styles. STEM cirriculum is brought to life side-by-side with theatre concepts, boosting comprehension of abstract science and math lessons through kinesthetic learning and storytelling.


Education & community engagement sponsors

Special thanks to our sponsors that support our work in schools, in the Alley and throughout the Houston community.

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annual report

Alley Theatre Education & Community Engagement's 2015/2016 Annual Report is in!

view the report