Alley Theatre, founded in 1947 by pioneering educator Nina Vance, is a professional resident theatre company. Recipient of the 1996 Special Tony Award, the Alley performs year-round in its two-theatre complex at home in downtown Houston, and has toured 40 American cities and abroad.
The Theatre’s focus on establishing and maintaining the Alley Resident Company of Actors and forging alliances with an internationally known group of Alley Associate Artists has enabled the Alley to grow into one of the nation's most innovative and visible professional resident theater companies. Since his arrival as artistic director in 1989, Boyd has produced more than 120 productions at the Alley, including an unprecedented two productions in one season at the Venice Biennale, and at Lincoln Center.
In addition to the Alley’s dedication to classic American and world drama, the theatre has undertaken the development of new works. Recently, the Alley produced the world premiere of Horton Foote’s The Carpetbagger’s Children, commissioned by the Alley for its 50th anniversary. The Alley also produced the world premiere of Keith Reddin’s Synergy, the American premiere of Edward Albee’s The Play About the Baby and the world premiere of Eve Ensler’s Lemonade. In 1999, two Alley productions debuted on Broadway the premiere of Tennessee Williams’ Not About Nightingales (Tony Award nomination, Best Play), a collaboration with the Moving Theatre and Royal National Theatre, directed by Trevor Nunn, and Frank Wildhorn’s The Civil War (Tony Award nomination, Best Musical). Jekyll & Hyde, the Alley’s first fully produced new musical, ran for over 1,500 performances on Broadway after an unprecedented and record-breaking national tour.