ALLEY APPLIED THEATRE
Gather Support Nurture Engage Educate Applied Theatre is the practice of using theatre in educational and community settings in order to inspire dialogue, foster education, and enact change. Applied Theatre at the Alley 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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OVE RVIEW Every year, the Alley’s Education and Community Engagement (ECE) Applied Theatre programming equips students and teachers with a creative, competitive edge. We deliver high-quality school and communitybased theatre programs that enhance collaboration and communication skills, critical thinking, and expand the imagination. Our programs strive to improve literacy skills, spark intellectual curiosity, celebrate community diversity and cultural heritage, and foster personal growth through social emotional learning. By using theatre to open minds and imaginations, Alley Theatre provides Houston youth with the skills they need for a bright future. Through K-12 school residencies and partnerships, student matinees, camps and conservatories, and internship programs, the Alley enhances and invigorates existing curriculum, providing disadvantaged and at-risk youth with new opportunities for self-expression and to build academic and career readiness.
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Inspired by the traditional meeting places found all over Latin America, Alley Theatre’s metaphoric “El Zócalo” is an ongoing place-making initiative to celebrate, grow, and interact with Houston’s diverse Latinx culture and artistic community. Alley Theatre is proud to collaborate with well-established cultural and social organizations and Houston-area schools to foster community, and reinforce Houston’s presence as a diverse arts center that serves every neighborhood in its community.
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My students loved moving and using their whole body to learn force, motion, and energy. They were extremely engaged during the entire process! â€“Carmen Mireles, 1st grade teacher, Herrera Elementary
Through arts integration, TEKS-based STEM curriculum comes to life side-by-side with theatre concepts, boosting test scores for all learners through kinesthetic activities and storytelling, all while building invaluable social emotional competencies. 10-day residency serving a whole grade level. Pricing is based on number of classes and residencies are tailored to each schoolâ€™s scheduling needs.
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An amazing, fun, and totally engaging performance that is at the level for children to understand, as well as amusing for an adult. I caught myself giggling like a kid again and it felt good!â€? â€“ Mireille Patman, Assembly Coordinator, Harvard Elementary
Through wacky adventures, 10-year-old Oskar teaches Pre K - 5th graders how to accept others and themselves. Character Education Tours travel with everything the cast needs to educate and entertain, including the interactive smartboard-ready learning tools on ALLEY RE-SOURCED! Tours offered during the fall and early spring. Pricing starts at $595 per single performance; discounts for multiple performances and Title 1 Schools.
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Applied Theatre at the Alley’s Middle and High School programs use theatre as a tool to challenge students’ understanding of current events, create teen-citizens capable of empathetic understanding and multiple points of view, and explore and embrace fundamental questions with which we all wrestle.
IN-SCHOOL WORKSHOPS & RESIDENCIES Slam poetry, Shakespeare, playwriting, First Draft Personal Narrative writing, and more! Alley Theatre Teaching Artists embed TEKSaligned curriculum into 6-12th grade theatre, english, and social studies classrooms in multi-visit experiences. Using dedicated class time and space for artistic explorations, teaching artists help prepare students for the world beyond the classroom—as observers, creators, and active citizens.
TOURS Private, comprehensive tours of the Alley’s stages and production center make the perfect field trip or group activity. Participants get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the theatrical processes, learn captivating Alley Theatre history, and get a chance to see the talented crew in action.
PARTNER SCHOOL PROGRAM This exclusive program offers a limited number of schools an opportunity to access the Alley’s artistry on a deeper level. Partners work closely with the Alley to design a unique, year-long engagement that aligns the Alley’s season with classroom curriculum and current events.
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STUDENT MATINEE ACCESS PROGRAMS (MAPS) Student MAPS helps you locate a new destination for your students. Through a MAPS journey, your students will emerge as more empathetic and tolerant citizens. The newly expanded student matinee season exposes students to the best the Alley has to offer in exclusive 10a.m. performances. Every student matinee includes a talkback with the cast, crew, and creative team, allowing students to chat with some of the country’s most prolific and respected theatre artists.
WHAT IS A MAPS JOURNEY? Create a more impactful experience for students by pairing a show with: • • • • •
A preparatory workshop! Help students think outside of the box. A debrief experience! Help students personalize themes in the play. A tour! Peek inside our production facilities and witness where we create the magic. An Artist or Designer Talk! Learn to value the artistic process. Or a combination of them all!
Alley Master teaching artists and mainstage actors can help your students explore the play and its themes in the classroom or at the Alley –
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Our rides home each afternoon were filled with stories about the fun she had. I donâ€™t think she realized how much she was learning! â€“ Play Makers Parent
Whether boisterous or reserved, every child loves Alley Play Makers! Master Teaching Artists guide fun and informative lessons that teach theatre and social emotional learning skills while exploring a STEM topic. Ignite the imagination of your young creative masterminds, while developing creative skills they will use the rest of their lives. Sessions offered over Spring Break and Summer. Limited, need-based scholarships available.
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The more we came up with ideas together, the better we understood each other, our individuality, and the process. Developing the ensemble was an invaluable growing experience as actors and humans.â€? â€“ Conservatory Student
In this 5-week summer intensive, 7th-12th grade theatre artists deepen their skills, gain valuable real-world experience, and prepare for auditions and college within a fervent young company. Students train with professional actors, directors, and playwrights while working as a team to write and perform a new work of devised theatre. Audition Required for Summer intensive. Limited, need-based scholarships available.
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Arts Integration has enhanced my instruction by providing creative content connections that makes learning more accessible for (all) students. I am happy to report an incredible improvement with their grades! â€“ Daphny Bradshaw, 5th grade teacher, Goodman Elementary
Hundreds of teachers across dozens of districts enliven classrooms and boost test scores through Arts Integration Professional Development. Learn how theatre integrates seamlessly into core curriculum, particularly STEM and english language arts, to create fun and effective lessons and help develop Social Emotional Competencies.
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Only 15% of job success comes from technical skills and knowledge. The other 85% comes from well-developed softskills, things like the ability to listen, artistic sense, nonverbal communication, enthusiasm, and storytelling. Isn’t this the focus of our work in theatre?
– Patricia Raun, 2017 EdTA Conference
POPULATION SERVED 227,105 Contact Hours
EDUCATION & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SPONSORS CenterPoint Energy ENGIE The William Stamps Farish Fund George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation William E. and Natoma Pyle Harvey Charitable Trust H-E-B Tournament of Champions Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Kinder Morgan Foundation The Lewis and Joan Lowenstein Foundation
Macy’s Immanuel & Helen B. Olshan Foundation John & Charlene O’Shea Family Foundation The Powell Foundation PwC Shell Oil Company Vivian L. Smith Foundation Texas Comission on the Arts Theatre Forward Wells Fargo