Center for the Arts

The Center for the Arts at Albright College is a gathering place at the heart of our academic community that fosters an on-going dialogue about the arts that is relevant to the intellectual, cultural, and personal lives of our students. With its unique interdisciplinary environment of classrooms, studios, galleries, and performing spaces, the Center for the Arts provides a nexus for artists and their audiences that supports the wide variety of artistic and scholarly activities in which we engage. We invite both our academic and community partners to join us as we continue to explore the ever-changing values and ideas of our society, through the Liberal Arts tradition of experiential learning.

Contact us:
Center for the Arts: 610-921-7715
Box Office: 610-921-7547

Box Office Hours:
Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
90 minutes before a Domino Players’ production, 60 minutes before all other shows.

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2018-2019 Program

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PS: Project Space

Exhibitions and programs at the Freedman Gallery and in the visual arts are proudly sponsored by: The Silverweed Foundation, The Doris C. and Alan J. Freedman Family Fund, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Berks Arts Council.

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February 2019

ASTEP First Friday Performance

February 1, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
McMillan Student Center Main Lounge, 13th and Bern Streets
Reading, PA 19612 United States
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7th Annual Albright Improv Festival

February 2, 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Roop Hall, 13th and Bern Streets
Reading, PA 19612 United States
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Join us for a day of laughter and learning with improvisational comedy troupes from Yocum Institute, West Chester University, and Drexel University, joined by Albright Improv, along with a very special headliner. The afternoon’s roundtable will focus on Social Change and how improv can be a tool for social activism. Workshop, noon–4 p.m., Roop Hall, Green Room EE Mini-Conference, 4–5:30 p.m., Roop Hall Showcase *, 7 p.m., Roop Hall, $5

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V-DAY: the Vagina Monologues

February 9, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wachovia Theatre, 13th and Bern Streets
Reading, PA 19612 United States
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Contemporary Photography Inspired by Brett Weston

February 10, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Freedman Gallery, 13th and Bern Streets
Reading, PA 19612 United States
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Wed., Jan. 2–Sun., Feb. 10, Freedman Gallery (PS) Under the direction of instructor Amy Stevens, students in Introduction to Photography were given an assignment to research photographs by Brett Weston in the Freedman Gallery’s collection that provided inspiration for their own creative process. The exhibition includes the original Weston each student selected and a selection of work curated by Stevens and Freedman Gallery staff. Closing Reception, Sun., Feb. 10, 2-4 p.m.

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Flying High: Aviation in Art from the Permanent Collection

February 10, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Freedman Gallery, 13th and Bern Streets
Reading, PA 19612 United States
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Tues., Jan. 2–Sun., Feb. 10, Freedman Gallery (PS) Guest curator, Makenzie Witter ’14, educator at the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum in New York, organized an exhibition on aviation themed works from the Freedman Gallery’s permanent collection.  Closing Reception, Sun., Feb. 10, 2-4 p.m. with Curator Talk at 2p.m. EE

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Arts Near Albright

There is a thriving arts scene in the Reading Area. If you are looking for something that’s not offered at the Center for the Arts try one of these organizations:

The Goggleworks

The GoggleWorks Center for the Arts is a prime example of adaptive reuse in architecture, and derives its name from the original structure from which it evolved. Where there is now a hub of community activity bringing people together in the arts and culture, there once stood a leader in the safety industry whose groundbreaking innovations spanned over a century.

The Berks Arts Council

Berks Arts Council’s mission is to encourage and promote all of the arts, to develop an appreciation of the arts, and to enrich and enhance the quality of life in Berks County. The Arts Council presents the Berks Jazz Fest, the Bandshell Concert Series, the Pagoda Awards, the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts re-granting program, the Music Composition Program, and provides art exhibition opportunities for member artists.

The Reading Symphony Orchestra

The Reading Symphony Orchestra’s mission is to provide and promote high quality symphonic music to the citizens of Reading and Berks County through:

Classical subscription concerts
Pops concerts
Concerts for students
Youth orchestras
Educational and community outreach programs

The Reading Public Museum

The mission of the Reading Public Museum, a dynamic center of lifelong learning, is to collect, preserve and interpret objects of art, science and civilization in order to educate, enlighten and engage current and future generations.

Santander Arena and Santander Performing Arts Center

The Santander Arena and Santander Performing Arts Center are the main performance centers in downtown Reading, hosting national and international performers and performances.

The Freyberger Gallery at Penn State Berks

The Freyberger Gallery is Penn State Berks’ fine arts gallery. It is located in the Perkins Student Center.


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Center for the Arts Staff 

David Tanner photoDavid Tanner, Director manages both the Freedman Gallery and the Wachovia Theatre, and coordinates the arts administration program. In previous positions he served as the COO of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY, as the Associate Director for Administration at the Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, IN, and as the Executive Director for the Association of Midwest Museums, a professional organization serving eight states throughout the Midwest. Tanner also taught in the Master’s program for museum studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He holds a MPA in museum administration from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, along with three bachelor’s degrees, in English, history, and paralegal studies.

photo of Alana CoatesAlana Coates, is the Curator of Collections & Exhibitions for the Freedman Art Gallery. She shapes and oversees the Gallery’s exhibitions and programming, while also caring for its extensive collection. In this role, Coates provides leadership to the Gallery in accord with the founder’s mission and best practices. Coates has held positions in reputable museums, galleries, and cultural institutions from New England to the Southwest and served on the Public Art Committee for the City of San Antonio. Coates holds a master’s degree in art history from the University of Texas at San Antonio and two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Rhode Island in art history and art.

Marisa McGrath, Box Office Manager

Jeremiah Propst, Assistant Technical Director