Performing Arts

The performing arts are thriving at the University of Houston. From opera to jazz, Shakespeare to contemporary dance, UH has a calendar of events chock full of exciting offerings. On a given evening along the UH Arts corridor, visitors can experience professional presentations by visiting artists, as well as faculty recitals and student works.

Moores School of Music

School of Theatre & Dance

Center for Choreography

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts

Immanuel & Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival

International Piano Festival
Celebrated for more than 25 years as a breathtaking weekend of recitals and master classes with the world's greatest keyboard virtuosos, the International Piano Festival is led by festival founder Abbey Simon, University of Houston Cullen Professor and one of the most recorded classical artists of all time.

Immanuel & Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival
Since 1990, classical music's rising stars have come together in Houston, joining an international faculty of performers, conductors, and soloists.  Among nearly 50 public events each June, featured performances include the Festival Orchestra Series every Saturday and chamber music and jazz on the Perspectives Series every Tuesday, in the Moores Opera House.

Young Audiences of Houston
The University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance offers a program that travels to schools and events.
To book at your school contact:
Young Audiences of Houston
713/ 520-9267
713/ 552-0612 fax

Young Audiences Touring Company
The Dance Program's Young Audiences Touring Company regularly performs Under the Sea in schools across the Greater Houston region. For further information click here.


Alley Theatre Will Perform 2014-2015 Season at UH
Alley Theatre performing at UHAn exciting partnership between the University of Houston and the Tony Award-winning Alley Theatre brings the Alley’s entire 2014-2015 season to the University’s Wortham Theatre – a 565-seat venue whose proscenium opening and stage area closely resemble most Broadway theaters.

Tickets Now on Sale for Spring 2014 Performances

Our Country's Good
By Timberlake Wertenbaker
February 27 – 28
and March 1 at 8 p.m.
February 23 and March 2 at 2 p.m.

UH Ensemble Dance Works
March 28 – 29 at 7:30 p.m.
March 30 at 1:30 p.m.

By Philip Barry
April 18 – 19 and 24 – 26 at 8 p.m.
April 20 and 27 at 2 p.m.

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 Karen Stokes
Professor Karen Stokes Honored by Houston Press
UH Professor of Dance and winner of the 2013 Houston Press MasterMind Award Karen Stokes was recently named one of Houston's top ten choreographers. Click here for Professor Stokes' reflection on winning the 2013 MasterMind Award.

Community Programs

  • Houston Shakespeare Festival
    Since its inception in 1975, HSF has entertained nearly a half million theatergoers with free performances in Hermann Park's Miller Outdoor Theatre.
  • Preparatory and Continuing Studies Program
    Founded in September 1998, the Preparatory and Continuing Studies (PCS) program facilitates exemplary music education in the form of private instruction, professional development, and community outreach.