Theatre Under the Stars
Humphreys School of Musical Theatre


Humphreys School of Musical Theatre (HSMT) educates and develops musical theatre students of all ages and ambitions, from the beginner to the Broadway bound. A myriad of courses, workshops and seasonal camps train pre-schoolers to pros in dance, acting and vocal technique. From jazz theory to improv, diction to demi-pliés, we help polish young stars until they truly shine.


In 1972, five years after the ringing performance that started it all, TUTS recognized the need for a school to provide training for young people. One that would welcome a new generation to the joys of singing, dance and drama, and also offer a challenging musical theatre repertoire for professionals looking to enhance their technique. Underwriting was obtained from The Humphreys Foundation of Liberty, Texas, and TUTS introduced Houston to its new Humphreys School of Musical Theatre.

Today, HSMT offers a diverse and technique-driven curriculum that produces many of the best musical theatre professionals in the nation. You may have seen HSMT students on Broadway, in movies and on prime-time –– notable Humphreys alumni include Chandra Wilson of ABC-TV’s Grey’s Anatomy; Bruce Norris, Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright for Clybourne Park; Manuel Santos of NBC-TV’s Smash; and Broadway actors Michelle DeJean, Kevin Cahoon, and DeLee Lively.