Public Programs

Society for the Performing Arts offers a range of public programs often facilitated by the world-class artists SPA brings to Houston. Adults and children are welcomed to participate in the multitude of offerings we provide throughout the season.

For questions or to request more information, contact the Education and Community Engagement Department at 713-632-8112 or [email protected].

Master Classes

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2018 – 2019 Dance Master Classes:

Society for the Performing Arts, in partnership with the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, presents the 2018-2018 SPA at the J Dance Master Class Series. This series of innovative master classes brings the expertise of world-renowned dancers, choreographers, and teaching artists from all over the globe directly to Houston.

Classes are open to the public for intermediate dancers and up. All classes cost $20 per participant. Email us for a discount code to sign up for all three and save!


  • Complexions
  • Thursday, May 30, 2019 | 7:30PM - 9:00PM | Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston | 5601 S Braeswood Blvd, Houston, TX 77096
  • Register

Public Choreographer Discussion Series

Starting in the 2018-2019 season, the Public Choreographer Discussion series brings choreographers from all over the world into intimate settings around Houston to share their artistic practice and inspiration. The series highlights the work of choreographers and artistic directors of groups who will perform as mainstage feature SPA productions.

See the full list of Public Choreographer Discussions below:

  • Michelle Dorrance, Dorrance Dance Company
  • co-presented by The Menil Collection | Feb 8, 2019 | 6:30pm
  • Wang Yuanyuan, Beijing Dance Theater
  • Asia Society Texas | Feb 24, 2019 | 2:00pm
  • Dwight Rhoden, Complexions Contemporary Ballet
  • Contemporary Art Museum Houston | May 16, 2019 | 6:30pm

Sensory Friendly Performances

Please note: This performance is designed for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families.

Society for the Performing Arts’ Education and Community
Engagement Department creates affordable opportunities for
the discovery, development and celebration of creativity on
and off stage for all people in the Houston area. Each one-hour
performance includes the following:

  • Orchestra level seating only, with room to move around
  • Designated quiet areas in the theater
  • Lowered sound levels
  • House lights at a low level during the performance
  • No strobe lighting
  • Talking and movement during the performance allowed
  • Extra volunteer support provided

Check back here for future sensory friendly performances at SPA!

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Support for this performance provided by:

H-E-B Performance Preludes

In conjunction with Society for the Performing Arts’ main stage season presentations, the Education & Community Engagement Department seeks to showcase talented local companies and ensembles, outstanding school programs and exceptional young artists through its Performance Preludes program. This pre-show performance opportunity in the lobby of Jones Hall or the Wortham Center offers local artists exposure to SPA patrons and wider recognition in the Houston arts scene.

The 2019-2020 Performance Prelude application is now open! Please see below for guidelines and registration documents. 

HEB Performance Prelude Guidelines

HEB Performance Prelude Application

Applications will be accepted through July 26, 2019 and placements will be announced in late August for the 2019-2020 season.

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  • Preceding Chicago | Jun 4, 2019 | 6:55pm

Performance Preludes are made possible by support from:

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Westwood Trust Art Talks

For almost every scheduled performance, SPA plans a pre- or post-performance discussion to provide patrons with context and insight into the art and artistry that graces our stages and fills our halls. Students and teachers are particularly encouraged to join these conversations with professional musicians, dancers, choreographers, directors, tour managers and local experts. Topics of discussion can include the design and rehearsal process, training and preparation for performances, inspirations for the work of art, historical background and relevant current events.

Every Arts Talk is included in the price of admission to the show. For individuals who cannot attend, the discussions will be live-streamed through SPA’s Facebook page.

Follow along on Facebook for more Live Stream events!

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