Society for the Performing Arts offers a range of public programs often facilitated by the world-class artists SPA brings to Houston. Pre-professionals and families are welcomed to participate in the many opportunities we provide throughout the season.

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

Behind The Curtain Lecture Series

The Behind the Curtain Lecture series brings artists from all over the world into intimate settings around Houston to share their artistic practice and inspiration. The series highlights the work of artists and creative directors of groups who will perform as main stage feature SPA productions.

Behind the Curtain with DJ Spooky

“Film isn’t just film, it’s a reflection of society’s visions.”
DJ Spooky

Watch this fantastic virtual discussion on Race & Media featuring DJ Spooky and Houston ethnomusicologist DJ Flash Gordon Parks and co-moderated by Erika Thompson, Community Liaison at the African American Library at the Gregory School, and Claire Williamson, SPA’s Director of Education & Community Engagement.

This talk was first made available only to attendees of DJ Spooky’s film Rebirth of a Nation, presented virtually by SPA on February 6, 2021. We’re happy to now make this talk available to all.

Behind the Curtain with Kyle Abraham

Choreographer and director Kyle Abraham is the Artist Director of A.I.M, an internationally acclaimed New York-based dance company. He’s joined by local artists Harrison Guy and Chris Thomas for a fascinating conversation on storytelling through dance, art and social justice and Black love.

Co-moderated by SPA’s Director of Education Claire Williamson and TSU’s Dr. Kiana Day Williams
This talk was first published on March 29, 2021.

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