Poetry Slams the Alley Theatre

The Alley Theatre will host the Teenpalooza Fall 2013, that showcases the visions and voices of the Alley Theatre’s Slam Poets. The evening of poetry and theatre that celebrates the talent of local youth takes place Monday, November 11 at 7 p.m. on the Neuhaus Stage. Admission is free. Some performances may contain adult language and adult situations

Last year’s Teenpalooza winners, Ter'ell Cloud  and Jennifer Layer from John H. Reagan High School, went on to win at the state competition at the Texas Youth Poetry Slam while representing Meta-Four Houston, a Writers in the Schools (WITS) project. They then went on to compete at the national competition, Brave New Voices, in Chicago. Ter'ell Cloud will be a featured performer at Teenpalooza Fall 2013.

In addition to Teenpalooza, the Alley Theatre’s Education and Community Engagement Department also offers a Slam Poets Artist-in-Residence Program for local schools. Additionally, the Alley Theatre is partnering closely with WITS to create a city-wide Slam Poets platform for Houston’s newest voices. Together the Alley Theatre and WITS hope to give the tools and space for all teens to explore their individual creativity through spoken word. For rates and additional information, email slampoets@alleytheatre.org or call 713.315.5423.

The Alley Theatre, one of America’s leading not-for-profit theatres, is a nationally recognized performing arts company focused on collaborating with resident actors, visiting artists, directors, designers, dramaturgs, and authors to cultivate the new voices, new works, and new artists of the American theatre. Under the direction of Artistic Director Gregory Boyd and Managing Director Dean R. Gladden, the Alley has also brought its productions to 40 American cities, and to Berlin, Paris, St. Petersburg, and New York’s Lincoln Center, as well as to major European festivals (including two in one season at the Venice Biennale), and Broadway. As a recipient of the Special Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, the Alley creates a wide-ranging repertoire and innovative productions of classics, neglected modern plays, and premieres, as well as new works that will become classics for the future developed through the Alley’s New Play Initiative. The Alley’s productions are built and rehearsed in the Alley Theatre Center for Theatre Production – a 75,000-square-foot facility adjacent to the theatres themselves and are performed on the 824-seat Hubbard Stage and the 310-seat Neuhaus Stage. The Alley continues to pave the way for Houston audiences to experience thought-provoking, diverse and transformative theatre produced and performed by its professional company year round.