Performing Arts & Theater in Houston!
One of the best things about Houston is the diverse performing arts scene. Houston is up to its eyeballs in talent, culture and some of the highest acclaimed and world-renowned performing arts companies in the United States. You can find ballet, modern dance, musicals, theater productions, professional choirs, orchestras, operas and everything in between in almost every neighborhood of the greater Houston area. If performing arts moves you, Houston is one of the top cities to live in.
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You can find performance dates, locations and more information about how and where to experience any of the performing arts companies by clicking on the links we have provided to their websites.
Popular Venues & Performance Locations
TUTS (Theatre Under The Stars)
Performed downtown at the Hobby Center, TUTS seasons feature a spectacular mix of touring musicals and self-produced shows, from witty, innovative farce to tales as old as time. The center also houses TUTS’ educational arm and renowned training program, Humphreys School of Musical Theatre, which has produced notable alumni like Chandra Wilson, Bruce Norris and Michelle DeJean. To deepen our community outreach and engage in an even wider array of arts education programming, TUTS merged with The River Performing and Visual Arts Center in 2010, which allows children with disabilities, disadvantages or chronic illness to delight in the joys of singing, dancing and acting. In short, if you can’t make it to the theatre, TUTS will bring the theatre to you.
Founded in 1967 by Jeannette Clift George, A. D. Players pioneered a unique style of theater committed to producing plays and programs that uphold human value, offer creativity, and promote literacy and education. The company is one of Houston’s largest resident theater companies, impacting more than nine million people over its lifetime. Annually, the company produces six Mainstage shows and four Children’s Theater performances, fields a National Touring Unit, and maintains a year-round Theater Arts Academy.
The Alley Theatre, one of America’s leading not-for-profit theatres, is a nationally recognized performing arts company lead by Artistic Director Gregory Boyd and Managing Director Dean R. Gladden. Home to a Resident Company of actors, the Alley creates a wide-ranging repertoire and innovative productions of classics, neglected modern plays, and premieres. Alley All New, the initiative to commission and develop new work year round, features the Alley All New Festival each season presenting workshops and readings of new plays and musicals in process. A recipient of the Special Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, the Alley has brought productions to Broadway, 40 American cities including New York’s Lincoln Center and internationally to Berlin, Paris, and St. Petersburg throughout its 69 year history.
Bayou City Performing Arts (BCPA) was founded as the Montrose Singers, Inc. in November of 1979. Led by founding director Andy Mills, the Houston based men’s chorus met with early successes marked by lavish productions at the Tower Theatre, performing with as many as 80 singing members. The BCPA family of choruses has expanded to include Gay Men’s Chorus of Houston (GMCH), Bayou City Women’s Chorus (BCWC), and Bayou City Chorale (BCC). 2014/2015 marks BCPA’s 36th year of continuous performances.
As the oldest continuously operating community theater on the Gulf Coast of Texas, Brazosport Center Stages continues to provide generations of audiences quality theatrical events. As an all-volunteer organization, Center Stages strive to provide members of the community opportunities to develop artistically, both on stage and backstage. As a charitable and educational organization, they provide learning opportunities for budding and veteran performers, designers, producers, and technicians.
Clear Creek Community Theatre presents a mix of comedies, classics, and musical theatre that will surprise and delight audiences. Their mission is to promote and present quality theatrical productions for the education, cultural growth and entertainment of the community. They are a B.Y.O.B establishment and will even provide you with up to two glasses or chilled beer mugs.
A community theater with a season of ten productions for children and adults each year.
An arts community for the entire family.
Montgomery County Performing Arts Society was formed in 1979 to establish, maintain and encourage the performing arts in Montgomery County, Texas. Audiences have enjoyed all types of music, dance and entertainment over the years from opera to country, from ballroom to ballet, from magic to acrobatics.
Dionysus was founded by Deborah Nowinski in memory of her son, Dustin, who died of bone cancer at the age of 15. Dustin wanted people to “look beyond the label” and accept each person. He believed people should be “educated to the soul.” Starting with six teenagers, three who were disabled and three who were non-disabled, Dionysus performed their first show in January of 1998 for a conference held in Houston. The original show was 45 mintues long with two songs. The conference goers all spoke of the uniqueness of this troupe and many had not seen inclusion on stage. From the very start, they edcuated to the soul. They were then asked to perform in Dallas the following month. So began their history of teaching tolerance, acceptance, and developing a welcoming theater for all who entered. From 6 actors 18 years ago who stepped on the stage to create the most unique one of a kind theater in Texas…they have changed lives & attitudes. From classes, to shows, to touring troupe, they are the Award Winning Dionysus Theatre.
Main Street Theater (MST) was founded in 1975 to provide stimulating opportunities for Houstonians of all ages to engage with the performing arts while providing meaningful and challenging professional work for Houston theater artists.
Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company seeks to challenge audiences and theatre artists by creating and performing bold, innovative and fresh theatrical works grounded in the best traditions of the dramatic arts. With a strong feminine presence in their artistic vision, they strive to feature the work of female playwrights, actors and directors, which promotes the empowerment of women through the performing arts.
The Port Arthur Little Theatre, a non-profit organization, will be marking it’s 75th Anniversary throughout the 2014-2015 season. It’s purpose is to promote an interest in the performing arts, encourage local talent, and improve the standard of public taste in drama. The theater is staffed entirely by volunteers and all funds go toward the production of plays, theater maintenance and operation and long-term improvement projects.
Queensbury Theatre, formerly Country Playhouse, was founded in early 1956, where it opened with its inaugural play,Personal Appearance by Lawrence Riley. That first show was performed at Memorial Drive Elementary School. Since then, Country Playhouse moved a few times from Veterans Hall to what is now a parking lot in Memorial City Mall. In 1981, the theatre finally found a place to call home in Town & Country on Queensbury Lane.
Since its inception in 1955, Houston Grand Opera has grown from a small regional organization into an internationally renowned opera company. HGO enjoys a reputation for commissioning and producing new works, including 56 world premieres and seven American premieres since 1973. In addition to producing and performing world-class opera, HGO contributes to the cultural enrichment of Houston and the nation through a diverse and innovative program of performances, community events, and education projects that reaches the widest possible public. HGO has toured extensively, including trips to Europe and Asia, and it is the only opera company to have won a Tony, two Grammy awards, and two Emmy awards.
Opera in the Heights, a regional, professional company, exists to provide a stage for emerging opera performers and to bring affordable opera to the Greater Houston Area.
The mission of Houston Ebony Music Society is to provide performance and on-going professional development opportunities for African-American choral and opera singers from Houston and the nation; to foster, in broad-based audiences, an appreciation of opera and concert music including the African American Spiritual; and to sustain and expand the African American presence in voice-associated classical music in general.
Founded in 1976, Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre (BAHBT) strives to be a destination for artists and audiences seeking a highly unique and evolutionary performance experience which combines the rich heritage of the classics with the excitement and limitless possibilities of contemporary dance, theatre and performance art.
The Houston Ballet is A classically trained company with a diverse repertory whose range includes the classics as well as contemporary works.
Houston Repertoire Ballet (or HRB) is a premier pre-professional ballet company in Northwest Houston providing professional quality performances in Tomball and the surrounding areas.
Symphony, Orchestra & Music
Children & Youth
Please note: any descriptions or additional information included in this blog for a company was an excerpt taken directly from their website or other media.
Taking advantage of Houston’s performing arts & theater scene is just one of many things to do and experience in Houston. Houston offers some of the finest entertainment you can find in the country, and is a real gem for residents and visitors that love a good show!
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