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Table of Contents What to Expect the First Day

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Attendance Procedures

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What to Bring

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What to Wear

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Emergencies and Medical Needs

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Staff Contact Information

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2014 Teaching Artists

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Conservatory Check List

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Conservatory Campus Map

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What to Expect the First Day

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heck-in will be from 8:45 a.m. — 9:00 a.m.

On the first day, students may be dropped-off along the Fine Arts Building entrance in the bus zone on Genesee Street. Parking is available in the CVHS parking garage at the front of the building for students who plan to drive themselves. Please refer to the map on P.11. A Conservatory staff member will be in the theatre lobby to check-in each student and to hand out name tags. The first day will begin with a short orientation and introduction of the Conservatory faculty. Parents are welcome to stay for orientation, however it is completely optional. Every day will end at 4:00 p.m., at which point, students will sign-out with a Conservatory staff member. Students may either be picked-up in the bus zone on Genesee Street or leave from the CVHS Parking Garage.

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Attendance Procedures

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tudents can be dropped-off and picked-up in the bus zone on Genesee Street. The entrance is on West Dallas Street. (Please see attached map)

No parking is allowed in the bus zone; it is for pick-up and drop-off only. But you may park in the parallel parking lane on West Grey or in the CVHS Parking Garage. If your student is driving him/herself, please contact Zachary Bryant at zacharyb@alleytheatre.org or 713-315-5424. All Conservatory students will need to sign-in and sign-out in the theatre lobby. Absences are strongly discouraged, but in the event that your student must arrive late, leave early, or be absent, please notify Zachary Bryant immediately by calling 713-315-5424. Please check your calendars and submit any foreseeable absences in writing to Zachary Bryant on the first day of the Conservatory.

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What to Bring

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ater � Drinking fountains are available, but we encourage all students to bring their own water

bottles. The Conservatory is a focused environment and walking in and out of class for water is an unnecessary distraction.

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nack & Lunch Food � Please bring snacks and a lunch. Students will not be dismissed to go off-site for lunch.

Vending machines and microwaves will not be available, so please keep that in mind when choosing your lunch items.

It is very important that you inform us of any allergies that may impact your ability to participate in the Conservatory. Make sure we have an Emergency Contact Form on file for your student.

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What to Wear

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omfortable, closed-toe shoes � Students will be participating in a variety of active theatre

exercises and artistic endeavors, so being able to move around freely and safely is extremely important. Please wear closed-toe shoes and comfortable attire appropriate for movement.

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lothing � You need to be free to express yourselves! Dancewear, exercise clothes, pants and t-shirts are allowed.

Low-cut shirts and skirts are not allowed. We will provide alternatives if this is an issue. The CVHS theatre can be very drafty and cold at times, so please bring a sweater or sweatshirt. You can keep a gym bag within the theatre if necessary. If you have back or neck issues, please bring a towel to use for floor exercises.

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The Alley Theatre will not be responsible for any lost items of clothing.


Emergencies and Medical Needs

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mergency Forms - The health and safety of your child is very important to us. Please make sure to turn in your Medical Release forms by the first day of Conservatory, at the latest.

Medical or Other Concerns - It is important for us to be aware of any medical concerns that could hinder a student’s performance, such as sports injuries, asthma, or other condition that might need attention. We will also need a written action plan that details any symptoms and what is to be done in the case of an emergency. Illness - Please keep in mind that if you have flu-like symptoms that it might be wise to stay at home. Medication - Unless a student is having an allergic reaction, the Alley Conservatory staff is unable to administer any type of medication during classes. If your student needs medication, they must be able to administer it themselves. Parents can also arrange for someone to come to the theatre to administer medication. The only exception to this is in the case of an allergic reaction.

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Staff and Contact Information Contact Zachary Bryant, ECE Marketing Coordinator, if you have any questions. Zachary Bryant, ECE Marketing Coordinator Office Phone: 713.315.5424 Cell Phone: 281.330.5051 E-mail: zacharyb@alleytheatre.org Mary Sutton, Director of Education

New York University Tisch School of the Arts in Acting The American Repertory Theatre’s Institute for Advanced Theatre Studies at Harvard University in Directing NEA Rural Arts Initiative Twenty-one years of theatre education experience

Zachary Bryant, Marketing Coordinator

BA in Vocal Performance from Columbus State University Opera Studies with Westminster Choir College Music Instructor at Memorial School of Music Performing artist with Houston Grand Opera, Bayou City Concert Musicals, Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston, St. John Vianney Church

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Michelle Edwards, Education Coordinator

BA in Theatre from University of Houston MFA in Acting from University of Montana Instructor at University of Montana, Language Link Moscow, and Houston School of Film and Theatre Sixteen years of experience with the Alley Theatre

Tanara Landor, School Programs Manager

Events manager for Otis College of Art and Design, Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University, Ernst & Young, Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston  

Elizabeth Lopez, Education Coordinator

MA in Theatre Education at Emerson College BA in Theatre from University of Texas at Austin Seven years of theatre education experience, including ZACH Theatre, Chelsea High School, Creative Action


2014 Teaching Artists Zachary Bryant BA in Vocal Performance from Columbus State University Opera Studies with Westminster Choir College Music Instructor at Memorial School of Music Performing artist with Houston Grand Opera, Bayou City Concert Musicals, Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston

Joshua Harcastle BS in Ag Communications and Journalism, Minor in Theatre Arts from Texas A&M University Directing studies with Yale School of Drama Playwriting Instructor with the Alley Youth Company Freelance director and dramaturg Member of the Dramatists Guild of America

Elizabeth A. M. Keel

Anne Quackenbush BFA in Theatre from Scripps College Studies at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and the American Conservatory Theatre Receiving MA in Theatre from University of Houston Instructor at the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival and University of Houston 16 years of teaching and performance experience in Houston

David Rainey BA in Theatre from Eastern New Mexico University BFA in Drama from The Juillliard School – Recipient of the Drama League Award and the Michel and Suria Saint-Denis Prize Adjunct Professor of Drama at University of Houston-Downtown 15 years as Alley Theatre Resident Company Member Private Coach and Acting Instructor for over 20 years

BA in Theatre from University of Houston Iowa Young Writer's Studio Mary Sutton Writer for Writers in the Schools New York University Tisch School of the Arts in Acting Teaching Artist for the Alley Theatre, Stages Repertory Theatre, The American Repertory Theatre’s Institute for Advanced and Main Street Theatre Theatre Studies at Harvard University in Directing 2013 Artist in Residence at 14 Pews NEA Rural Arts Initiative Twenty-one years of theatre education experience 

Sarah Oakley

BFAs in Dance Choreography and Dance Performance from University of California, Irvine Instructor at St. John's School and Houston Ballet Choreographer for Ad Deum Dance Company Apprentice at Revolve Dance Company

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Conservatory Check List Student Items: Water Snacks Lunch Appropriate Shoes Appropriate Clothing Medication

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Parent Items: Camper Drop-Off / Pick-Up Information Form Emergency Contact Form Emergency Course of Action Form   Participation Agreement Consent and Release / Minor Release Form Notification of Absences


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www.alleytheatre.org/Education

For more information about our outstanding education programs, contact Zachary Bryant at zacharyb@alleytheatre.org or 713.315.5424.


Alley Conservatory Parent Handbook 2014