The Alley Theatre, founded in 1947 by pioneering educator Nina Vance, is a professional resident theatre company under the direction of Artistic Director Gregory Boyd and Managing Director Dean R. Gladden. It is one of the few American Theatre companies that supports a company of actors, designers, artisans and craftspeople throughout the year. Productions are built and rehearsed in a 75,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility, one of the largest of its kind, adjacent to its two-theatre complex in downtown Houston. The Alley was founded over 60 years ago as Houston’s theatre company. It exists to provide audiences with the highest quality theatre, offering a wide variety of work including new plays, classics, the re-discovered and the rarely-performed, and new musical theatre, with an emphasis on new American works – to provide the inspirational and the provocative – to make our audiences think, feel, dream and be entertained. Throughout its history, the Alley has earned a national and international reputation for artistic achievement, including the Tony Award, and Alley artists have garnered praise from audiences across the country. The mission of the Alley Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director Gregory Boyd and Managing Director Dean Gladden, is to deepen the understanding of ourselves, one another, and the world we share by uniting theatre artists and audiences to experience the power of stories that illuminate the breadth and complexities of the human condition.