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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.

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Featured Program

El Zocalo

community-wide latinx initiative

Inspired by the traditional meeting places found all over Latin America, including Mexico City’s central square that dates back to the Aztecs, metaphoric El Zócalos are establishing all over Houston. Community partners MECA, Talento Biligue, and Baker Ripley join forces with the Alley Theatre to realize a shared vision to provide a platform for sharing Houston’s rich Latinx heritage.
Alley Conservatory

Featured Program - Auditions SATURDAY, april 7

alley summer conservatory 

 June 25 - July 28 at the Alley Theatre

During this 5-week intensive, Junior and Senior students will study with some of the best actors, directors and playwrights the Alley Theatre has to offer. Together with other talented young artists, students will devise a theatre piece for a public performance. Auditions will take place on Saturday, April 7 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Registration for auditions will close on Friday, April 6 at 5:00pm.  

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Featured Program

SLam Poets @ Alley theatre

spring teen slam


Free and open to the public



To attend both events, please make separate reservations.

Participating in Slam Poets @ Alley Theatre creates  poised, proud, quick-thinking and creative young adults. Students draw from their personal wealth of knowledge and experience to write and share their unique stories and emotions through performance in a welcoming community atmosphere. Students from participating Partner Schools compete in the Teen Spring Slam where the top two winners compete in the Space City Slam.

Play Makers

Featured Program - REGISTRATION now OPEN

alley play makers 

summer camps for K-8 in Houston

Play Makers participants join their peers for a full rotation of group activities designed to help even the most timid child find the confidence to step onto the stage. Alley Master Teaching Artists guide fun and informative lessons that teach theatre skills in improvisation, dance and movement, visual story-telling, and character development. Your young creative masterminds will learn performance skills here that they will use their whole lives.

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.


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 2016/2017 Annual Report is in!

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