The vision of the Hobby Center is grounded in the philosophy of serving the entire community and reflecting the contemporary spirit that is unique to Houston. The mission is to bring world-class entertainment and innovative works that reflect the various cultures and expansive diversity within our city to current performing art lovers, and perhaps most importantly, to inspire the next generation of performers and patrons. This outreach effort is ingrained in the Hobby Center's cultural identity.
Our intimate 500 seat state-of-the-art theater Zilkha Hall is equipped with spring loaded flooring for dance, an acoustic shell for chamber music as well as house lighting and sound. These specialized features demonstrate the versatility of this beautiful space which is home to many small to mid-size art groups looking to expand their audiences. Zilkha Hall also provides a place where families can bring their children to experience 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. For many this is their first exposure to performers in the professional arts. These performances make an everlasting impression on young minds and the theater experience in itself creates an expression of awe when they witness the grandeur of our facility for the first time.
Here are some of the ways that the Hobby Center Foundation fulfills its mission:
- The Discovery 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.
*Uniquely Houston® is an innovative program established by the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts to provide a home venue for Houston's smaller and mid-sized nonprofit performing arts organizations in the Theater District. This collaboration provides partner organizations with access to technical, marketing, and operational expertise in addition to assistance with the overall production quality of each presentation.
Interested in introducing your students to the performing arts? Please contact Annalisa Minnitti, Discovery Series Program Director, at 713.315.2428 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.