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Building Exceptional Theatrical Art

pilot overview & impact
2020-2021 school year


about the b.e.t.a. project

In 2021, two groups of Houston-area students took part in an engaging and worthwhile pilot program aimed at upskilling through theatre art.
Thanks to generous funding from PriceWaterhouseCoopers, students had an unparalleled opportunity to learn new digital storytelling skills - giving them a leg up in their academic and future careers. 

Despite the challenges of the 2020/2021 school year, the Alley successfully launched this pilot via virtual classrooms. Based on an overwhelmingly positive response, this program will continue as one of the Alley's invaluable arts learning experiences in the future.
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This project was designed to give students and teachers a unique advantage - both in their careers and as global citizens. Through technological upskilling the B.E.T.A. project helps students learn, to play, and to engage their creative selves. Because teachers across the nation are formally tasked with seamlessly integrating digital tools into their lessons, the program was developed to help students use technology to create, collaborate, and communicate.  

Forward-thinking schools, teachers, and curriculum specialists understand the importance of critical thinking and creativity inside today's digital landscape. Though fundamental, integrating technology is complex given the constantly shifting pedagogical options present inside new technological platforms. Creating meaningful instruction can be challenging and requires creative thought. With the B.E.T.A. Project, the Alley is providing teachers with a program that takes an ancient, essential artform and amplifies its usefulness in the 21st century.  It is vital in today's classrooms. 

"My favorite part was probably getting to see my classmates' creativity. We all received the exact same materials, scripts, and resources and seeing it all come to fruition in so many different ways was definitely really cool."

- B.E.T.A. Project Student



b.e.t.a. data

25 students at 2 schools

77% of students at these schools are Hispanic, Black, Indigenous, or students of Color

30% are considered economically disadvantaged

14 hours with each school resulting in 468 contact hours



To assess growth, students answered questions before and after the residency.
Students rated their skills on a scale from 1-10.

1. How experienced are you with creating and telling stories using digital tools (scripting and editing)?




2. Do you think that you have the digital skills to be highly successful in your future career?




Questions? Contact:
Chaney Tullos, Director of Education Programs  |  713.315.5442

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