Education & Community Engagement



Tap into to the resources of a professional theatre with the Alley Theatre Partner School Program





Esme L. Wu
School Programs Manager

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Applied Theatre at the Alley is a national driving force for innovative Arts Education, working with Educational Partners across the Greater Houston Area to cultivate the next generation of artists and thinkers.

As an Educational Partner with the Alley Theatre, middle and high schools receive Arts Education experiences that complement existing classroom curriculum. Educational Partners have access to a broad slate of residencies, custom workshops, and exclusive benefits.



What is a Residency?

Residencies are multi-visit experiences in which expert Teaching Artsist are embedded in middle and high school classrooms.

Using dedicated class time and space for artistic explorations, TAs help prepare students for the world beyond the classroom—as observers, creators, and active citizens of our global community.

Residencies can be delivered a la carte, in unique combinations, or as a pre-fixed series with options covering a wide variety of topics. 

"I genuinely feel like the experience I received at the Alley is already amazing …this theater really values the work of the creative youth." - Elizabeth Cruz, Heights HS Playwright

What is a Workshop? 

Turn some of our specialized curriculum offerings into one-day workshops for your students, either here at the Alley or onsite at your school.

Custom workshops are also available to deepen the experience of the Alley Mainstage Access Program (MAP), with pre-show and post-show opportunities. Check out our full list of workshops here.

“Thank you very much for working with them prior to the show and helping them gain such a strong foundation for appreciating what they saw and using it to examine this moment in time…I wanted to let you know how much they enjoyed it.” - Mary Williams, History Teacher, Eisenhower HS

How Do I Sign Up?

Every partnership is unique and a conversation is all it takes to get you started.

We work closely with each Partner to craft individualized residency programming based on your needs and your budget. Educational Partners can also register for custom workshops, tours at the Alley Theatre, participate in the Mainstage Access Program (MAP), and pilot new programming as a Lab School.

Schedule an appointment with our School Programs Manager or click here to fill out our interest form and we'll contact you!

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.

Recommended length: 8 sessions

Workshops and Residencies


workshops and residencies

Customizable multi day or ala carte workshops and residencies for middle and high school students


Teaching Artists


alley theatre teaching artists 

meet the amazing teaching artists that bring these programs to life for your students.



The Briarwood School (Private)

The British International School (Private)

Cornerstone Academy (Spring Branch ISD)

Heights High School (HoustonISD)

The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (Houston ISD)

Kleb Intermediate School (Klein ISD)

Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School (Houston ISD)

St. Francis Episcopal Day School (Private)

Sharpstown High School (Houston ISD)