Raising the Curtain on Houston’s Theater Scene

Two Mondays and one Wednesday, October 10 and 24 and November 9, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. | Meet at the front door of each theater. (Limited enrollment)

This is the first in an ongoing series exploring the lively art of theater in our city. Meet well-known theater artists, see what's new in Houston's best-known theaters, and discover younger, lesserknown stages. We will learn about the current season, history, mission, and audience, and will see live scenes that reflect the identities of the theaters.

Where better to begin than at the Alley, founded in 1947? Who better to provide the backdrop for the series than Everett Evans, longtime theater critic for the Houston Chronicle? What does a community need to build a vibrant theater scene? Is Houston a theater city? He will address these questions and others. Gregory Boyd, artistic director of the Alley Theatre since 1989, has produced and directed classics, premieres by major playwrights, and works by rising talents. He has served as panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, has directed theater across America, and has taught at several universities. Under his leadership, the Alley formed its own professional resident theater company and received the 1996 Special Tony Award. Terrence Dwyer, an exciting new arrival in Houston, is the distinguished new managing director. He comes to us from La Jolla Playhouse. We will also tour the state-of-the-art Center for Theatre Production at the Alley.

Rob Bundy, artistic director since 1996, has produced and directed more than sixty plays at Stages. He has also directed at the Alley and at other theaters around the country. An evaluator for the National Endowment for the Arts, he taught at the Juilliard School and at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Meet the other half of Stages' dynamic duo, Kenn McLaughlin, the managing director. For 26 years, Stages has served as an important venue for new writers, and has presented works by established playwrights; it has also maintained a vibrant children's theater program.

Founded in 1993, Infernal Bridegroom Productions is one of Houston's leading experimental theater troupes, bringing cutting-edge drama to the stage at the Axiom. Co-Founders Tamarie Cooper - leading lady and assistant artistic director - and Charlie Scott - poet, teacher and director - will speak to us about how IBP fits into the larger theater experience in Houston.


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Fall 2018 brochures are out! Please let us know if you did not receive one and we will be happy to send one to you.

Registration is now open. You may register online, by mail, or by phone with a credit card. 


The interest list for the fall and spring study tours is also now open. If you are interested in traveling with the Houston Seminar to Natchez in the fall of 2018 or Virginia in the spring of 2019, please call the registrar at 713.666.9000 to place your name on a list. Please see Terms and Conditions for "travel list" policy.


Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12. 


Also note Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. Please contact the registrar if you would like to be wait listed for this course. 


Have a great summer. We look forward to seeing you this fall!


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