Education & Community Engagement






Chaney Tullos
Assistant Director of Education

fundamentals of teen acting

Whether you’re new to performing or looking to refine your skills, this introductory acting class explores the techniques that are essential to the actor’s craft. Students work with the Alley’s Master Teaching Artists - including members of the Resident Acting Company!

In this six week course, students will explore these acting essentials: 

- Tactics and objectives
- Realism and truth
- Connection and ensemble
- Scene work and script analysis


Prerequisite: None

Schedule: Spring Dates TBA

Location: Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave., Houston TX 77002

     the Instructors 

chaney tullos, lead instructor

Chaney Tullos serves as Assistant Director of Education at the Alley Theatre and has worked regionally as an actor, director, and stage manager. He has performed with companies including Ford’s Theatre, the American Shakespeare Center, Virginia Stage Company, The Colorado Shakespeare Festival, SITI Company, and the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival. Before moving to Houston he served as Associate Artistic Director of the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival and was an adjunct faculty member at Tulane University where he taught courses in Acting, Shakespeare, and Stage Management. Additionally, Chaney also served on the faculty of the prestigious New Orleans Center for Creative Arts where he helped students earn spots in the nation’s best acting programs. He holds an MFA in Acting from LSU and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA.

elizabeth bunch, guest artist

Elizabeth Bunch is a proud member of the Alley Resident Company. She has performed in over 70 productions with the Alley including Olivia in Twelfth Night, The Pilot in Grounded, Rosalind in As You Like It, Eliza Dolittle in Pygmalion, Desdemona in Othello, The 39 Steps, Dry Powder, Good People, Dracula, Other Desert Cities, The Elephant Man, Clybourne Park, August: Osage County, Our Town, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Doubt, Proof, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. New York and Regional credits include Playwrights Horizons, Guthrie Theater, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Keen Company, The Flea Theater. Elizabeth spent six summers with the Middlebury Bread Loaf Acting Ensemble. Some favorite performances there include Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Viola in Twelfth Night; Isabella in Measure for Measure and Stella in Streetcar Named Desire. Elizabeth has taught at the University of Houston and is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

chris hutchison, guest artist

Chris Hutchison is in his 12th season as a Resident Company Member. He has appeared in over 60 Alley Theatre productions since first appearing as Hal in Proof in 2004. He most recently played Orsino in Twelfth Night. Other favorite roles: Jeff in Dry Powder, Orlando in As You Like It, Michael in Good People, Mervyn in A Behanding in Spokane, and Padraic in The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Other roles include: The Foreigner (Owen Musser), All My Sons (George Deever), What We’re Up Against (Weber), The Seafarer(Nicky), The Seagull (Medvedenko), Amadeus (Emperor Joseph II), August: Osage County (Little Charles), World Premiere of Intelligence-Slave (Bruno), and Mauritius (Dennis). New York and Off-Broadway credits include Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon and revivals of The Second Man, Museum, and The Hasty Heart with Obie award-winning Keen Company. Chris’s solo show TRIPwas selected for production by HERE Arts Center in SoHo. Regionally he has appeared at the Guthrie Theater, Pasadena Playhouse, Baltimore’s Center Stage, Capital Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Hartford TheaterWorks, and in six seasons as a member of the Ensemble at Bread Loaf in Vermont, most recently playing Stanley Kowalksi in A Streetcar Named Desire. Film and television: “Rose Garden,” “Kill the Poor,” “Ed,” “Chappelle’s Show,” “All My Children,” “Guiding Light,” “Confessions: Two Faces of Evil,” and “Precious Victims.” Chris has an undergraduate degree in English from Lafayette College, and an MFA from The University of Washington. Chris is a proud member of Actors’ Equity and the SAG/AFTRA.

Monday, June 24 through Saturday, July 26, 2018
No Conservatory will be held on Wednesday, July 4th
AUDITIONS ARE REQUIRED - Auditions will be held on April 6, 2019.
If you would like to be contacted in the event additional auditions are scheduled, please email Esme Wu at

During this 5-week intensive, Junior and Senior students study with some of the best actors, directors and playwrights the Alley Theatre has to offer. Together with other passionate young theatre artists, students devise an ensemble based theatre piece for public performance.

Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Grades: 7th - 12th grade
Houston location: Alley Theatre - 615 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002