Alley Theater Renovation Tour

A view from the last row of the original seating bowl of the framing and the wallof the building (Smith Street wall).
Photo by John Everett.

To RSVP, email Joseph Roberts at or call (713)-529-4755, ext.10 by Wednesday, May 20.

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Alley Theater Renovation

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - Meeting time 4:15pm

Join us for an exclusive look at the ongoing renovations of Houston's Alley Theatre as we explore the bowels of this historic building with Managing Director Dean R. Gladden, accompanied by Resident Assistant Director Brandon Weinbrenner and the project's Construction Supervisor.

Please note: Participation is limited to 20 people. RSVP to Joseph Roberts by emailing or calling HCP at 713.529.4755. Remaining spots will be updated and notated below.

Available Spots: FULL - A wait list has been created, and you will be notified should a spot become available.

Per the Alley's press release on this historic renovation:

"Enhancing the Character of the Building

With its bold, concrete exterior and multiple-turrets, the Alley Theatre building has secured itself as one of Houston’s most significant, architectural landmarks. The distinctive building, dedicated in 1968, is the heart of Houston’s downtown Theater District and is the only downtown performing arts venue owned and operated by a performing arts company. The building was the first solo project designed by architect Ulrich Franzen, one of the most prominent architects of the 20th century to emerge from the Harvard School of Design. Renovations planned will embrace the unique features of this iconic building, enhancing its character with 21st century theatre systems and audience amenities to ensure its value to tomorrow’s audiences and theatre artists.

Design and Construction Team

The design of the new Theatre is by Pete Ed Garrett, principal of Houston-based Studio RED Architects, who has worked on theatre projects including Wortham Theater Center, Hobby Center, as well as renovation of the Alley’s Neuhaus Stage in 2002. Dennis Irvine, founder, president and CEO of Irvine Team DSC, will serve as the project construction manager. Alley Theatre Associate Director of Design Kevin Rigdon and Bill Connor of Connor & Associates are the theatre consultants and Mark Holden, chairman of the Jaffe Holden Acoustics, is the acoustical consultant on the renovation. The construction will be done by Houston-based Bellows Construction, builder of Wortham Theater Center and Houston Ballet Center for Dance, as well as the original construction of the Alley Theatre building."

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Neuhaus Lobby (615 Texas Street)
Meeting time - 4:15pm
Tour begins - 4:30pm

Park in the Alley Parking Garage (or on the street)
Take the Parking Garage Elevator to the Tunnel level
Take a right into the tunnel and up the steps
The Neuhaus Lobby is the first bank of glass doors to your left.

Close-toed shoes are a must
Be aware that some areas of the tour may require the wearing of a hard hat


During renovations, the Alley Theatre has taken up residence on the campus of the University of Houston. Their current production, Kneehigh's Tristan & Yseult, is running through May 23, and tickets are still available (here).

Per the Alley's Tristan & Yseult page:

"Britain’s innovative and exciting theatre company Kneehigh makes their Texas debut with a wonderfully inventive, utterly timeless, delightful tale of love. Cornish King Mark rules with his head, until he falls head over heels for his enemy’s sister. Based on the ancient tale, Tristan & Yseult revels in forbidden desires, broken hearts and grand passions. Seen through the eyes of the 'Unloved,' Tristan & Yseult blends comedy, live music and tender truths in an irresistible night of love!"