The Theater District Houston, located in the heart of one of the most diverse cities in the United States, is a collection of professional performing arts organizations, an entertainment complex, restaurants, parks, plazas, and residences. The 17-block district is home to the Alley Theatre, Jones Hall, Wortham Theater Center, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Bayou Place, Sundance Cinemas, and the Downtown Aquarium.
Houston is one of only five cities with permanent resident companies in all the major performing art disciplines – opera, ballet, symphony, and theatre. The seat capacity of the Theater District Houston is more than 12,000, which places the district second in the United States for number of concentrated seats in a downtown area. More than 2 million people visit the Theater District annually.
The Theater District is home to seven permanent performing arts organizations – Alley Theatre, DaCamera, Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Society for the Performing Arts, and Theater Under The Stars. In addition to their regular seasons within the Theater District, the art organizations perform various free concerts each summer and strive to educate younger audiences through outreach programs like the Community-Embedded Musician Program, which hires musicians to integrate themselves into schools, hospitals, and health-care situations as artists and teachers.