Our Community Focus

The Hobby Center is operated by the Hobby Center Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. The vision of the Hobby Center is grounded in the philosophy of serving the entire community and reflecting the contemporary spirit that is so unique to Houston. The mission is to bring world-class entertainment and innovative works to current performing art lovers, and perhaps most importantly, to inspire the next generation of performers and patrons. This outreach effort is part of the Hobby Center’s identity.

One of our performance halls is Zilkha Hall. It is the home for small to mid-size art groups looking to expand their audiences and a place where families can bring their children for cost-effective and meaningful educational programs.


The Hobby Center is fulfilling its mission through dynamic community partnerships — a successful affiliation with regional school districts and our Uniquely Houston® groups. Thus far, thousands of school children have been introduced to the magic of live entertainment — music, theatre and dance — many for the first time.

Interested in introducing your students to the performing arts? Please contact Annalisa Minnitti, Discovery Series Program Director, at 713.315.2428 or email to learn more about the Hobby Center’s Education and Outreach programs.

Want to help the Hobby Center? Individual, corporate and foundation underwriting opportunities are available. Please call our Donor Information line at 713.315.2415 for details.

Here are some of the ways that the Hobby Center Foundation fulfills its mission:

  • The Discover Series reaches thousands of Houston-area students annually, helping cultivate an appreciation for the arts in today’s students and tomorrow’s performers and audience members.
  • Our Uniquely Houston® program provides an incubation ground in Zilkha Hall for many of our community’s small to mid-size arts groups where these groups can grow in a supportive environment.
  • One of our resident companies, Theatre Under The Stars, operates The Humphreys School of Musical Theatre on site in the TUTS studios. The Humphreys School of Musical Theatre, founded in 1972, provides musical theater training for children and adults. The school offers a year-round schedule taught by an outstanding faculty and resident artists.