Theatre Under the Stars

Entertainment, Education, Enrichment for all.

Founded in 1996, The River has provided affordable, accessible arts education to individuals with disabilities and their siblings for 25 years.


After merging with TUTS in 2010, The River expanded its classes and opportunities to include programming for young adults. In addition, they launched an inclusive performance troupe that has performed at many notable community events throughout Houston. Empowering students with disabilities through the arts is a hallmark of The River. Recently, River students have auditioned for and been cast in TUTS main stage productions; opening up the opportunity for the students to rehearse and perform with professional artists.


The River offers classes in art, dance, acting, and voice in its fall and spring semesters. In the summer of 2020, The River began offering online courses designed for students with disabilities. The school plans to continue offering traditional and virtual classes to students in the future. In 2021 The River celebrates 25 years of serving individuals with disabilities and their siblings through the arts.