Student Programs

Student Programs

Society for the Performing Arts is dedicated to enriching the lives of K-12 and college students throughout the greater Houston area and offers the following programs:

STUDENT MATINEES introduce thousands of students to the performing arts through discounted daytime performances geared specifically for K-8 audiences. TEKS-aligned study guides that focus on STEM and arts integration are provided for each matinee performance.

SPA reserves a limited number of $10 student tickets to select evening performances each season through the STUDENT SERIES. TEKS-aligned study guides are provided for most Student Series presentations. 

The WELLS FARGO STUDENT ART CONTEST aligns with one of SPA’s main stage presentations, which serves as inspiration for the contest each year. Hundreds of students submit their artwork to SPA each season; winning entries are showcased in exhibitions all around the Houston area. Sponsored by Wells Fargo and IKEA Houston.

ARTIST RESIDENCIES give students personal access to SPA’s touring artists from around the globe. Artists visiting Houston as a part of an extended residency engage students through master classes, demonstrations and conversations over several days.

MOVEMENT TOWARD LITERACY is a partnership with Writers in the Schools that explores the connections between the written and spoken word and dance to support learning and creativity in the classroom. Sponsored by Phillips 66. 

Arts Education Internship
Motivated and professionally-minded university and high school students are eligible to apply for non-paying internships at Society for the Performing Arts. Dates and times are flexible, and can be structured around the intern's fall and spring class schedules. Full and part-time internships are available during the summer months. Interns will be reimbursed for parking in Houston’s Downtown Theater District.

Education and Community Engagement
Interns with good communication skills will assist SPA’s Education and Community Engagement Department with the following:

  • Education and community engagement programming
  • Communications with schools and community arts groups
  • Departmental mail outs
  • Departmental data entry and record keeping (experience in MS Excel and MS Publisher is a plus)
  • Attendance at SPA performances
  • Developing departmental e-blasts and social networking posts
  • Developing strategies for arts education and its administration
  • Assisting with teacher professional development sessions, performance preludes, lectures, master classes and other special programs and events
  • Generating and maintaining prospect/distribution lists

Students should send a copy of their most recent transcript, a writing sample, and a recommendation letter from an educator, along with the internship application to: Jordan Drum, Director of Education and Community Engagement, Society for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street, Suite 100, Houston, TX 77002-2715; or by e-mail: Each applicant will be contacted by phone or e-mail within ten (10) days of SPA receiving all requested materials. Please contact Jordan Drum at 713-632-8102 for more information.

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