Alley Theatre, one of the oldest theaters in the country, is an acknowledged leader in American theater. Its core values are: Creative Excellence, Serving Alley Company Artists, Community Engagement and Applied Theatre, defined as integrating drama in education, community or therapeutic contexts. The Alley's annual initiatives reach nearly 200,000 community members that reflect the ever-growing diversity of Greater Houston. The Alley Character Education Series (ACES) presents lively touring plays, specifically designed and written for kindergarten-5th grade students. Entertaining and delightfully wacky, the plays have been characterized as vaudevillian—SNL for K-5th graders. The seven "Oskar" plays teach important life skills on topics such as bullying, diversity, and coping with trauma. Performed in school auditoriums or gymnasiums, each three-person play creates a framework for valuable post-performance discussions in the classroom and beyond. With a small cast and a portable, easy-to-assemble set, ACES shows reach thousands of children at underserved schools each year. Applied Theatre at the Alley's Workshop and Residency programs are available to visit classrooms and community centers with exemplary artist-driven curriculum ranging from arts-integrated STEM lessons in K-8th grade, to in-depth personal narrative writing with senior citizens, to evidence-based professional development training programs for teachers. Photo by Christopher Diaz.
615 Texas Ave
Houston, TX 77008
public performance/concert $250 - $595
school performance $250 - $595
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $1,000
Dallas Children's Theater
Dallas Children's Theater has been named one of the top five professional theaters for youth and families in the United States by AMERICAN THEATRE and TIME magazines. Now celebrating its 34th season, DCT continues its mission to produce quality theater designed to stir the heart, stretch the mind, and promote education. The acclaimed national touring company travels with large-scale productions featuring titles which reflect the cultural diversity of our world community. Study guides and curriculum-based workshops accompany every production. Touring 2018 - 2019, DIARY OF A WORM, A SPIDER & A FLY. Based on on the wildly popular books by Doreen Cronin, the eco-conscious, hip-hop musical spins a sweet story about diversity and acceptance with messages about being kind to our planet and all of its creatures great and small. Under consideration for 2019-2020, AND THEN THEY CAME FOR ME: REMEMBERING THE WORLD OF ANNE FRANK. Videotaped interviews with two Holocaust survivors are interwoven with live dramatic action to chillingly recreate their World War II experience of families in hiding and in concentration camps. The horror of the Holocaust becomes a promise to the future, a profound message of hope and acceptance speaking to the intolerance and misunderstandings of life today. Photo by Karen Almond.
Holden & Arts Associates, PO Box 49036
Austin, TX 78765
public performance/concert $6,500 - $24,000
school performance $6500 - $24,000
travel/per diem/lodging $2,000 - $7,500
The Ensemble Theatre (TET) was founded in 1976 to preserve African-American artistic expression. TET produces a main stage season of six contemporary and classical works devoted to the portrayal of the African-American experience by local and national playwrights and artists. Theater programs benefit a multicultural audience that is diverse in age, income, ethnicity and culture. The Ensemble's touring program provides live performances for students in schools, churches, and community organizations. Curriculum materials are designed to enhance the impact of the program and link plays to specific TEKS and STEAM. Touring performances include "Uncle Remus’ Br’er Rabbit," adapted by TET founder George Hawkins, a fun-packed story of African-American folklore and American popular culture. "I, Barbara Jordan," by Celeste Bedford Walker, explores Jordan’s journey to greatness and those who inspired her. "The Rosa Parks Story" by Jonathan Blum details her story in her own words. Main stage plays are also available. (See website for additional plays and sesason).
3535 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002
public performance/concert $1,200 - $15,000
school performance $800 - $945
travel/per diem/lodging $325 - $4,000
"Your performers were magnificent, hilarious, and punctual, all things to warm a children's librarian’s heart." - Ashley Schimelman, San Marcos Public Libraria.n "Hideout Theatre did a great job of engaging students and sparking their creativity.” - Jamie Carpenter, Riverplace Elementary. The Hideout Theatre delights audiences with interactive and fun-filled improvised shows that are tailored in the moment to reflect your community's current lessons, themes and topics of discussion. The trained and talented improv actors of the Hideout Theatre incorporate suggestions into their performances so their audiences are actively creating the story that is playing out in front of them. From suggestions to sound effects to helpers on stage, it is truly the audience’s show. The Hideout Theatre’s workshops teach the basic skills of improv through games and scenes. These workshops help build strong social skills and are incredibly fun! Because kids aren't the only ones who love to be enchanted, the Hideout Theatre also offers sharp, engaging and highly entertaining shows for adults. The Hideout Theatre has been captivating audiences all over Texas with interactive improv shows since 2007. They’ve received a Nickelodeon "Parent’s Choice” Award, several Austin Chronicle "Best of” Awards, and many B. Iden Payne Awards. Photo by Steve Rogers Photography.
617 Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701
public performance/concert $800 - $1,600
school performance $500 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $600
The Laughter League produces hundreds of shows annually throughout Texas and beyond. School assembly programs: Science of the Circus utilizes skills seen at the circus such as juggling, balancing and dance to teach laws of motion, simple machines and other science concepts; Count on Comedy Math Show shows audiences how math is everywhere; and The Magic Storybook introduces children to the elements of stories, such as characters, settings, costumes, music and structure. Libraries book the summer reading show year after year, which aims to excite young children about reading and learning to use their imagination. All school and library shows are presented by a team of gifted physical actors who utilize comedy as a tool for inspiring laughter and engaging their audience. Laughter League presents large scale theatrical presentations, which take audiences on a journey through the Golden Age of Comedy by combining the dazzling excitement of Cirque du Soleil with the madcap mirth of Saturday Night Live, featuring a talented ensemble of musicians, comedians and cirque artists. They create memorable shows filled with stunning feats of daring and purely magical moments, that have been performed around the world, from China to the Middle East and even Paris, Texas. Photo by Paul Radke.
410 S. Windomere
Dallas, TX 75208
public performance/concert $500 - $3,000
school performance $600 - $900
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $750
Find out what over two million children and their families have discovered: a performance where books come to life on stage! Experience children's theater with the Magik Theatre-- where imagination is education. Magik Theatre On the Road brings fun and lively performances to children of all ages! At the host facility, the only thing the shows require is an empty space. The Magik Theatre will bring all of their own equipment and can perform in a large variety of venues, from classrooms to cafeterias to gymnasiums to performing arts centers. Magik Theatre tour offerings include productions of "The Three Little Pigs," "Goldilocks," "Rumpelstiltskin," "Dr. Krashunbang," and "The Kingdom of Texas." Each offering is literature-based and is easily integrated into the curricula of pre-school and elementary school grade levels and complemented by a TEKS-linked study guide that extends the play experience and facilitates discussion. Photo by Megan Coy Schwamb.
420 South Alamo
San Antonio, TX 78205
public performance/concert $500 - $20,000
school performance $400 - $12,000
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $2,000
Shakespeare on the Go! is an educational program offered by Shakespeare Dallas in order to enhance arts education throughout the state of Texas. Each presentation is age-specific, interactive and educational in the subjects of theater arts and English language arts, following intensive studies that have shown that a student's familiarity with language increases their likelihood for success in all areas of life. Even 400 years after his time, William Shakespeare is still regarded as the master of language. Programs are available for grades 2-12 and include the elementary school touring production, What Visions Have I Seen!; middle and high school touring production, Shakespeare Unlocked; and master class workshops that can be customized to meet classes' individual needs. These programs meet English language arts and theater TEKS. All you have to do is book Shakespeare on the Go! and they'll take care of the rest! Photo by Meaghan Patterson.
Julie Osborne Watts
1250 Majesty Drive
Dallas, TX 75247
public performance/concert $700 - $1,200
school performance $150 - $600
travel/per diem/lodging $150 - $3,500
Storybook Theatre of Texas
Storybook Theatre of Texas has spent over 27 years touring the nation, with a tour to China in August 2014 as well. Named an NEA American Masterpiece artist, Storybook Theatre of Texas has performed for literally millions of young people and continues to encourage them to excel in reading and in life! Each production is carefully crafted to capture the imagination of the audience and bring stories to life! These 45-minute programs can be tailored to meet the needs of each client. Theme examples include bullying, environmental awareness, character, nutrition, math skills, history, and more. Interactive educational programs include: "Two Pigs and T.H.E. Wolf," "The New Little Red Riding Hood," "Fun With Idioms," "Country Mouse, City Mouse," "It's All About Math," "Goldifox and the Two Hares," "Allie In Historyland," and "Country Mouse, City Mouse World Tour." Extension lessons/TEKS are available on the website at www.sbtheatre.com. Photo By Christi Stuebben at Streamline Designs.
10415 Teich Loop
New Braunfels, TX 78132
public performance/concert $500 - $3,000
school performance $500 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $75 - $2,000
The Telling Project is a national performing arts nonprofit that employs theater to deepen our understanding of the military and veterans' experience. Greater understanding fosters receptivity, easing veterans’ transitions back to civil society, and allowing communities to benefit from the skills and experience they bring with them. Through this understanding, a community deepens its connection to its veterans, itself, and its place in the nation and the world. Photo by Luke Heikkila.
1006 W Monroe St
Austin, TX 78704
public performance/concert $3,500 - $7,500
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $1,000
Texas Comedies creates entertaining and engaging musical comedies about famous-- and infamous-- events in Texas history. Shows such as "The True Story of Bonnie & Clyde," "Prohibition,” and "Murders & Moontowers” have entertained audiences in Austin and throughout the state. Based on newspapers, trial transcripts and other sources, every Texas Comedy performance is an audience-pleasing night out for all ages. They offer several complete shows for touring, including "Bonnie & Clyde,” "Alamo Aftermath,” "Boomtown” (about the 1920s oil boom), "Murders & Moontowers” (Austin in the 1890s), "Prohibition,” "Red Scare” (set in the 1950s) and "Cabeza de Vaca” (set in the 1520s). Each Texas Comedies show runs approximately one hour and includes between 6 to 12 performers and a live band. For more information, including video and music clips, please visit www.texascomedies.com. Photo by John Langford.
2603 Addison Ave
Austin, TX 78757
public performance/concert $3,500 – $5,300
school performance $2,500 - $4,000
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $1,500
Texas Shakespeare Festival's Roadshow
The Texas Shakespeare Festival has been providing high caliber professional theater to the East Texas region for over three decades. It has produced 231 productions for over 265,000 people. The festival has been featured in the New York Times, Nation Magazine, hundreds of newspapers and magazines in Texas, and the Austin American-Statesman named it as "indisputably the best Shakespeare Festival in Texas." The Texas Shakespeare Festival's Roadshow brings abridged productions of Shakespeare into schools and communities throughout the state. Since it began in 2016, the tour has reached over 10,000 students traveling as far as 600 miles from the Festival's home in Kilgore, Texas. The TSF Roadshow has been honored with numerous grant awards from Texas Commission on the Arts, Humanities Texas, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Production offerings change every season with multiple productions available for students from middle school to high school. Photo by John Dodd.
Kilgore, TX 75662
public performance/concert $1,000 - $2,500
school performance $1,000 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging $25 - $100
R.J. Vandygriff is an award-winning singer, songwriter, poet, playwright, actor, and Texas cowboy. In 2004 he received the Will Rogers award for excellence, in 2012 the Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, in 2013 the "Cowboy Keeper" Award from National Day of the Cowboy and in 2014 he was a CMA Texas Hall of Fame inductee. R.J. had a small recurring role as "Ranger Mike" in the hit CBS series "Walker, Texas Ranger," and has appeared in numerous regional and national commercials. As a singer, he has shared the stage with the biggest names in country music, pop, and rock n' roll. "The Cowboy Ain't Dead Yet!" is a one-man musical comedy about the most fascinating character to ever ride across the pages of history: the American cowboy. Joe Texas tells the story of the cowboy from the 1860s to today through songs, poems, and stories. One of the most successful one-man musicals ever, the show has begun its 27th year of touring-- truly a Texas original. R.J. also offers a cowboy concert program, a concert/lecture on the life of the cowboy as well as workshops on songwriting, playwriting or cowboy history. Photo by Deb Vandygriff.
R. J. Vandygriff
PO Box 85
Lispcomb, TX 79056
public performance/concert $2,500 - $5,000
school performance $1,000- $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging TBD