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Friday, July 19, 2024

Reflections on Summer Chills – Q&A with Alley Theatre’s Resident Acting Company

To celebrate 30 years of Summer Chills, we chatted with the Resident Acting Company performing in AND THEN THERE WERE NONE about what this Houston and Alley staple means to them. Here's what they had to say!

Friday, June 28, 2024

Behind the Scenes with Christie DeBacker

reparations for Summer Chills are in full swing! The Alley's Assistant Charge Scenic Artist, Christie, DeBacker, gives an exclusive first look at the set and designs for And Then There Were None.

Friday, May 3, 2024

Painting the Wall of Jane Eyre

Painting the Paneled Wall Mural for John Coyne’s Scenic Design for Jane Eyre was a fun and challenging project that required a unique combination of techniques.

Friday, February 23, 2024

The Man Behind the Bar

For National Bartenders Day, we spoke with Travis Matthews, our Food & Beverage Manager on his process of creating specialty cocktails for our productions.

Friday, January 5, 2024

Artistic Director’s Reflections

I’m so excited about directing Sharr White’s Pictures from Home at Alley Theatre. It is a homecoming of sorts because we were involved with the early development of this play in our Alley All New Festival in 2020. Our audience was extremely enthusiastic about this play, especially its delightful sense of humor and its poignant picture of …

Thursday, December 28, 2023

Managing Director’s Reflections

It is fascinating to reflect on the evolution of photography and its transformative impact on how we document and perceive our lives. From the earliest recorded photo by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1826 (below) to the invention of the first instant camera, the model 95 Land Camera, by Edwin Land in 1948, and the revolutionary introduction of the iPhone in 2007, the way we capture and share moments has undergone significant changes.

Thursday, November 16, 2023

The Christmas Ghosts of A CHRISTMAS CAROL

A Christmas Carol is a timeless tale that has captured the hearts of readers and audiences for generations. At its heart, the story is a journey of self-discovery, compassion, and redemption. The visits of ghosts guide Ebenezer Scrooge on Christmas Eve. These three Christmas ghosts reveal the effects of one's actions and the potential for change.

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, but sometimes, we’re invited to conjure the eminently familiar. Few settings and stories feel more familiar than Victorian London and A Christmas Carol.

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

MANIFESTING MARIACHI: HOW COLLABORATION MAKE PERFORMERS “MAGICALLY” APPEAR IN AMERICAN MARIACHI

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.

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.