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Leading Ladies

Our Mission

TUTS Leading Ladies is an organization of dynamic women, committed to the advancement of musical theatre and arts education in Houston, who support TUTS behind the curtain through volunteering and fundraising.

About Leading Ladies


Meet Amy Pierce and Marsha Taylor, two avid TUTS supporters and lovers of musical theatre. Back in 2006, Amy and Marsha wanted to find a way to get more involved and meet some new people who shared in their appreciation of all things TUTS. They called up some of their best friends and the Leading Ladies were born.

For over a decade, these ladies have served on the front line as volunteers for major TUTS events and education programs, as well as generating over $150,000 as show sponsors and fundraisers for The River and HSMT. In addition to all their hard work, the Leading Ladies enjoy the most exclusive, behind-the-scenes TUTS experiences and incredible social outings.

Membership Info–Join here!

For a $200 tax-deductible donation, your year-long membership for the Leading Ladies will provide you with the benefits of:

  • Complimentary dress rehearsals to select TUTS shows
  • Invitations to Leading Ladies happy hours, social gatherings and an annual luncheon
  • Opportunities to volunteer at education programs, student matinees and special events
  • Raising money to support TUTS performances and education programs
  • Exclusive invitations to select private TUTS events



From helping students off buses during TUTS Musicals for Young Audiences, serving pizza for student performers with disabilities at The River recitals, to assisting with decorations and setup for TUTS Gala and special events, there are tons of fun volunteer opportunities for our Leading Ladies. And volunteering has its perks – TUTS often likes to thank our helpers with tickets to musical theatre performances!



Through an annual luncheon, shopping parties and show sponsorships, the Leading Ladies have raised valuable funding over the years for TUTS Education programs and the musical theatre you see on stage – membership alone raises nearly $20,000 each year.



Work hard, play hard. And TUTS Leading Ladies do just that. Happy hours, bunco nights, wine tasting, membership mixers, dress rehearsals, shopping parties and holiday events are just some of the activities you can find on the Leading Ladies calendar!

Learn more about Leading Ladies events by checking out our monthly newsletter



June 3rd, 10:30 AM–12:30 PM – New Member Orientation Brunch at the home of Elizabeth DeFranco, 3423 Bradford Street, Ste. E, Houston, TX 77025. All new and renewing members are welcome and encouraged to attend!
June 7th – 10th – Volunteer Opportunity – Once On The Island (HSMT) @ Miller Outdoor Theatre
June 15th, 5:30 PM – Leading Ladies Night Out – Happy Hour at Artista and performance of The World According to Snoopy (Purchase tickets on-line using promo code: LLADIES )
June 23rd, morning – Volunteer Opportunity – River Summer Camp
June 30th, morning – Volunteer Opportunity – River Summer Camp


July 11th – 16th – Volunteer Opportunity – Pippin @ Miller Outdoor Theatre
July 14th, morning – Volunteer Opportunity – River Summer Camp
July 21st, morning – Volunteer Opportunity – River Summer Camp
July 28th, morning – Volunteer Opportunity – River Summer Camp


August 4th, morning – Volunteer Opportunity – River Summer Camp
August 27th – Volunteer Opportunity – Theatre District Open House


September 19th, 5–7PM – Leading Ladies 17/18 Season Kickoff @ J. Landa in Rice Village


Date TDB – Membership Orientation
Date TDB – Volunteer Opportunity – Founder’s Club Decorations for The Secret Garden


Date TDB – Volunteer Opportunity – Student Matinees


Date TDB – Volunteer Opportunity – Founder’s Club Decorations for Sleeping Beauty
Date TDB – Volunteer Opportunity – River Recital
Date TDB – Volunteer Opportunity – Holiday Tree Decorating for The River at the Houston Museum of Natural Science
Date TDB – Leading Ladies Holiday Party


Date TDB – Social Outing TBD


Date TDB – Volunteer Opportunity – Founder’s Club Decorations for Memphis


Date TDB – Volunteer Opportunity – Founder’s Club Decoration for Bright Star


Date TDB – TUTS Gala
April 17th – Volunteer Opportunity – Tommy Tune Awards