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
boxoffice@albright.edu

Box Office Hours:
Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.,

90 minutes before a Domino Players’ production, 60 minutes before all other shows.

Find us on FB

www.facebook.com/AlbrightCFA – the best place to get updates, details and more information about events.


2017-2018 Program

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EE – Experience Event MG: Main Gallery; PS: Project Space

* For prices/tickets, call the CFA Box Office at 610-921-7547 or purchase online at www.albright.edu/centerforthearts.

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.

August 2017


Faces of Reading + 10

Sun., Aug. 20–Fri., Oct. 13, Freedman Gallery (MG & Foyer)

Faces of Reading + 10, created by Dr. John Pankratz, a Professor of History at Albright, with the collaboration of Angela Cremer ‘17, is at once a portrait, an analysis, and a celebration of a diverse, evolving city. The latest installment in an ongoing effort at civic portraiture, this collection of nearly 900 faces represents Reading residents of every background and all walks of life. Nearly 200 are persons John photographed for the original Faces of Reading in 2005, so then/now comparisons will be abundant. A vast wall of faces will teach visitors to see each of us as an individual and to see all of us as a community.

  • Public Reception, Sun., Aug. 20, 1-4 p.m.
  • Art-in-a-Minute: #CFAselfie, Wed., Aug. 30, 11-2 p.m., CCML
  • Campus Reception, Thur., Aug. 31, 5-7 p.m. 

Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal

Wed., Aug. 23, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Ed Williford: nine variations on touching and thinking

Thur., Aug. 31–Fri., Oct. 13, Freedman Gallery (PS)

The artist notes, “In my experience, things are not necessarily what they look like they are. The exhibition is an invitation to look at these nine objects and try to get some sense of what they are or might be. The pieces seem to be investigating their environment and maybe even themselves. I like to think they also may be inviting an observer to investigate the pieces themselves, not only with eyes but with their own fingers too. In touching and handling the pieces, the observer’s understanding of the object may change and shift at the same time that the piece itself moves and changes.”

  • Artist’s Lecture, Thur., Sept. 14, 4-5 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall EE
  • Reception, Thur., Sept. 14, 5-7 p.m.

Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal

Wed., Aug. 30, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Art Jam

Thur., Aug. 31, 7-11 p.m., Mary Miss Amphitheatre

After you’ve signed up for your favorite clubs during the Activities Fair and you’ve visited the Freedman Gallery for the opening of three amazing exhibitions, chill with friends, cool off with ice cream, and enjoy live comedy, music and fashion performances, then dance the night away under the stars at the open Dance Party. Organized by ASTEP.

September 2017


Stars of the Albright Stage, an Alumni Theatre Festival EE

Fri.–Sun., Sept. 1–3, Wachovia Theatre, FREE (suggested donation at door supports our theatre endowment)

Please join us as talented alumni from our award-winning theatre department return to the Albright stage to join forces with our current students to offer a weekend full of provocative and exciting works that challenge our assumptions about life, love and the cosmos.

  • The Last Emperor of Mexico by Chris Davis ‘04, Fri., Sept. 1, 8 p.m., directed by Mary Tuomanen

Maximilian I has recently been declared the Emperor of Mexico by Napoleon III, but his administration soon comes under attack by the revolutionary Benito Juarez. Maximilian is confronted with a great dilemma – to shave his beard or die by firing squad. Find out what happens in this one-man show noted as “hilarious,” by Broad St. Review, with “a strikingly original writer and performer,” The Scotsman.

  • She Gon’ Learn by Lisa Strum ’97, Sat., Sept. 2, 8 p.m., directed by Christopher Burris, for mature audiences only

Lisa is looking for love, but can she learn from her past to keep from falling on her a**! In a hilarious and poignant tracing of the heart’s scars, we watch Lisa play eight different characters as she navigates childhood, parental relationships, sexual awakening, the racial realities of dating, the excitement of new love, and a heart breaking, yet triumphant journey to self-love and discovery.

  • Improv Reunion, Sat., Sept. 2, follows performance, Wachovia Theatre
  • Alumni Luncheon, Sun., Sept. 3, noon-1:30 p.m., Roop Hall (invitation only)
  • Constellations by Nick Payne, Sun., Sept. 3, 2 p.m., Wachovia Theatre, directed by Jeffrey Lentz

Can one word alter the course of your life? Science and romance collide in a dizzying fugue of vignettes as we watch Marianne and Roland’s relationship unfold across time and space, with each variation sending their relationship on an entirely new trajectory, raising questions about the difference between choice and destiny.


Arts Administration & Theatre Forum

Sat., Sept. 2

Alumni and regional arts leaders will provide personal insights into their successful careers in theatres and museums. Learn more about their journeys in performing and visual arts and then join us for a great show each evening. FREE, advance registration required, visit https://albright.360alumni.com/events/view/3649.

  • Registration & Morning Refreshments, 10 a.m., CFA Mezzanine
  • Morning Session – After Albright, 10:30-11:45, Roop Hall
  • Networking Lunch, noon-1 p.m., CFA Mezzanine
  • Afternoon Session #1 – Alternative Paths, 1-2:15 p.m., Roop Hall
  • Afternoon Session #2 – Forming a Company & Creating New Work, 2:30-4 p.m., Roop Hall

Fashion Welcome Reception

Tues., Sept. 5, 4-5:30 p.m., CFA Mezzanine
Learn about the exciting events that are happening this year in the fashion department. Refreshments will be served. Door prizes, too! All are welcome.


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal

Wed., Sept. 6, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


96-Hour Theatre Collaboratory

Sat., Sept. 9, 8 p.m., Wachovia Theatre

What can you do in four days? The Domino Players are going to team up to create a series of brand-new, short plays, from page to stage in a matter of days. The clock is ticking! 


International Film Series #1: Mike Kuchar IN PERSON * EE

Tues., Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall
Joining us from San Francisco, the legendary underground video and filmmaker joins us to share his latest creations.


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal

Wed., Sept. 13, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


ASTEP First Friday Performance

Fri., Sept. 15, 7 p.m., CCML


WXAC’s Concert Series at the Pond #3: Ivan Bravo Mariach Band EE

Wed., Sept. 20, 6 p.m., Sylvan Pond

Authentic sounds, locally sourced, with food provided by Mi Casa, Su Casa. Co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs. 


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal

Wed., Sept. 20, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Albright Improv: Laughter is the Best Medicine

Wed., Sept. 20, 9:30 p.m., Roop Hall

Monthly long-form improvisational comedy show, part of Wellness Week, Sept. 18-22. 


Meet & Make: Dharma Art

Thur., Sept. 21, 4:30-6:30 p.m., CCML


WXAC’s Concert Series at the Pond #4: Albright’s Got Chops EE

Wed., Sept. 27, 6 p.m., Sylvan Pond

Features performances by the Albright Angels, Mane Men, Big Cat Jazz Ensemble, and Reading Samba School. 


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal

Wed., Sept. 27, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall

October 2017


The Cemetery Club by Ivan Menchell * EE

Fri.-Sat., Sept. 29-30, 8 p.m. & Sun., Oct. 1, 2 p.m., Wachovia Theatre, directed by Cory Wilkerson (Hershey Playhouse), co-produced with The Crones

Flamboyant Lucille (Terri Mastrobuono), fiercely traditional Doris (Linde Stern), and nurturing Ida (Lisa Lutton Weitzman) have been best friends for over 20 years. Their bond threatens to unravel when one of them begins to balk at their husbands’ grave sites, and another seems headed for romantic involvement. What follows is a hilarious, poignant and ultimately human view of love, friendship, loyalty and moving forward.

  • Coffee with The Crones, Sun., Oct. 1, follows show, CFA Mezzanine 

Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal

Wed., Oct. 4, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


ASTEP First Friday Performance

Fri., Oct. 6, 7 p.m., CCML


Choral Pops EE

Sat., Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel
Albright’s four choral ensembles—Albright Angels, Mane Men, Concert Choir and Women’s Chorale—deliver unforgettable interpretations of popular songs from across the ages. Adlai Binger, conductor.


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal

Wed., Oct. 11, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall 


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal

Wed., Oct. 18, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Albright Improv

Wed., Oct. 18, 9:30 p.m., Roop Hall
Monthly long-form improvisational comedy show.


ASTEP First Friday Performance

Fri., Oct. 20, 7 p.m., CCML


The Rocky Horror Picture Show, a Film Screening with Shadow Cast *

Sat., Oct. 21, 10 p.m., Roop Hall, $10

The Domino Players fall fundraiser features an exciting interactive screening and shadow cast production of the classic cult film, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Tickets will be sold in the CCML the week of the production. Visit the Domino Players’ Facebook page for more information.

  • Auditions, September 14, TBD

Music Faculty Showcase EE

Sun., Oct. 22, 3 p.m., Memorial Chapel

Includes performances by Jeffrey Lentz, tenor; Tamara Black, soprano; A.J. Merlino, percussion; Lars Potteiger, piano; and an organ duet by Adlai Binger and Karen Eddinger. 


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal

Wed., Oct. 25, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Perle Fine/Marguerite Louppe: New York/Paris

Thur., Oct. 26–Fri., Dec. 15, Freedman Gallery (MG & Foyer)

The exhibition contrasts the lives of two women painters, one working in New York and the other across the Atlantic in Paris, who lived and were active for the same period of time, existing in the parallel art worlds of abstract painters and modernist Paris. Louppe lived from 1902-1988 and Fine from 1905-1988. The exhibition will place emphasis on the artists’ work; their style, use of material and aesthetic inspirations, accompanied by a consideration of the art scenes they emerged from and contributed to so vibrantly. Both artists will be represented by a wide variety of paintings and works on paper that will allow viewers to familiarize themselves with one of the stalwarts of the abstract expressionist movement—Fine, and introduce a painter hitherto unknown in the United States, who experimented in the cubist and purist styles—Louppe. Both Louppe and Fine had partners who were active artists as well, and the lively artistic social lives of each couple will be illustrated with letters, photographs and ephemera. Louppe and her husband, the painter Maurice Brianchon, were at the center of a French circle of creatives that included the composer Francis Poulenc, sculptor Ossip Zadkine and the writer Paul Morand, while Fine and her husband, the photographer Maurice Berezov, were part of the abstract expressionist and downtown New York art world. Also highlighted will be both women’s struggles to have their work given the same credence as their fellow male artists and the obstacles they faced and transcended, due to sexism.

  • Art-in-a-Minute: Text Home Without a Phone (fill-in-the blank postcard), Wed., Oct. 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., CCML
  • Curatorial Lecture with Will Corwin, Thur., Oct. 26, 4-5 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall EE
  • Reception, Thur., Oct. 26, 5-7 p.m.
  • French Breakfast, Tues., Nov. 7, 8-10 a.m., Freedman Gallery 

Digital Manipulations and Machinations, the Art of Clinton Fein

Thur., Oct. 26–Fri., Dec. 15, Freedman Gallery (PS)

Clinton Fein’s digital manipulations of global icons and images have sparked controversy for years, both for their highly charged social and political commentary but also among the artistic elite as to the fine line between subversive art and the obscene or offensive. Under the direction of CFA director, David Tanner, students in the arts administration project management class will research and install an exhibition of Fein’s work from the Annoy.com portfolio, a highly controversial collection of digital manipulated images from the 1980s and early ‘90s. The exhibition will explore the historical subtext of these images and examine their relevance to contemporary issues and conflicts.

  • Opening Reception, Thur., Oct. 26, 5-7 p.m.
  • Lunch & Learn, Tues., Nov. 28 & Dec. 5, & Thur., Nov. 30 & Dec. 7, noon-1 p.m.

Unwrapped Candy: A Sketchy Halloween Spectacular

Fri., Oct. 27, 9 p.m., Roop Hall
Trick-or-treat! Albright Sketch Society presents an evening of comedy, music, and spooky fun.

November 2017


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal

Wed., Nov. 1, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall 


Candide music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Richard Wilbur * EE

Thur.–Sat., Nov. 2-4, 8 p.m., Sun., Nov. 5, 2 p.m., Wachovia Theatre, directed by Jeffrey Lentz, additional lyrics by Leonard Bernstein, Lillian Hellman, John Latouche and Stephen Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler (based on the satire by Voltaire)

Monty Python meets Grand Opera in Leonard Bernstein’s brilliant musical adaptation of Voltaire’s satire in which a young Candide and his friends, Cunegonde, Paquette, Maximillian, Dr. Pangloss, and an old lady (with one buttock), endure one hilarious catastrophe after another as they journey around the world in search of the meaning of life in this “best of all possible worlds.”

  • Talkback & Reception, Thur., Nov. 2, follows show
  • Albright Improv Show, Fri., Nov. 3, follows show, Roop Hall

Business of Fashion Forum * EE

Sat., Nov. 4, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Roessner Hall, $10

Join us for a day of informative sessions and networking with alumni and regional industry leaders in design, merchandising and marketing. Includes lunch and additional break-out sessions in the morning and afternoon with a closing keynote by TBD. 


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal

Wed., Nov. 8, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Albright Idol

Sat., Nov. 11, 7 p.m., Memorial Chapel


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal

Wed., Nov. 15, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Albright Improv

Wed., Nov. 15, 9:30 p.m., Roop Hall
Monthly long-form improvisational comedy show.


Domino Players Studio: Short Play Festival

Thur., Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre

Join us for staged readings of new works by Albright students.

  • Script submissions due September 15 via Dropbox (find the link on the DP’s Facebook page).
  • Auditions, September 27, TBD

Big Cat Jazz Concert EE

Fri., Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel 


Symphonic Band Concert EE

Sat., Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel


Sunday Sinfonia at Albright College EE

Sun., Nov. 19, 3 p.m., Memorial Chapel

  • Private Dinner, CCSL, follows concert 

Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal

Wed., Nov. 22, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal

Wed., Nov. 29, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Spring 2017 Fashion Trend Forecast

Wed., Nov. 29, 7-8:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall
Screening of Fashion Group International’s DVD forecast of spring 2018 trends. Discussion to follow with panel of local business owners.

December 2017


ASTEP Fall Showcase & Celebration

Fri., Dec. 1, 7 p.m., Roop Hall


Albright Dance Team Recital

Sat., Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre 


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal

Wed., Dec. 6, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Xion Step Team Dance Showcase *

Fri., Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre 


Albright Improv: Black-Tie Optional

Fri., Dec. 8, 9 p.m., Roop Hall


Sounds of the Season, a Choral Concert EE

Sat., Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel

Celebrate the music of the holidays with Albright’s four choral ensembles—Albright Angels, Concert Choir, Mane Men and Women’s Chorale.


Roar Like a Lion, Music Student Recital

Sun., Dec. 10, 3 p.m., Roop Hall

Albright’s end-of-the-semester student recital offers a variety of vocal and instrumental performances.


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal

Wed., Dec. 13, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal

Wed., Dec. 20, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall

January 2018


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal

Wed., Jan. 3, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal

Wed., Jan. 10, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall 


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal

Wed., Jan. 17, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Joan Linder, Operation Sunshine

Tues., Jan. 23–Sun., April 8, Freedman Gallery (MG & Foyer)

The exhibition highlights Linder’s most recent body of work, which explores toxic waste sites in Buffalo, Tonawanda, and Niagara Falls, New York. Linder’s initial work focused on the Love Cana neighborhood along the Niagara River. During the 1940s, the Hooker Company dumped over 20,000 tons of toxic waste on this 36-square block locale. In 1978, the ill-health of its residents came to light, and subsequently, families were forced out of their homes and the community was demolished. Following a Superfund cleanup, what remains visible is a wasteland of grass-covered mounds surrounded by a chain-link fence. In the exhibition, the drawings expand to include radioactive waste sites in western New York that were a result of the Manhattan Project activity. Linder uses drawing to consider how history can get buried: as artifacts and chemicals in the ground, and as documents in the archive. The act of drawing becomes a way to slow down and pay attention anew to the damage and history that has become hidden in plain sight.

  • Art-in-a-Minute: Quick Draw, Wed., Jan. 24, 11-2 p.m., CCML
  • Artist Lecture, Thur., Jan. 25, 4-5 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall EE
  • Opening Reception, Thur., Jan. 25, 5-7 p.m.

New Nudes: Paul Rybarczyk & Lauralynn White

Tues., Jan. 23–March 9, Freedman Gallery (PS)

A staple of artistic practice, the nude is a classic that compels us and provokes strong emotions. Buffalo artist Paul Rybarczyk’s bold color palette suits the power of his male subjects while often showing them at their most vulnerable, and serves as an interesting counterpoint to the lush and lovely female figures that emerge from the wood grain and muted landscape paintings of local artist Lauralynn White.

  • Opening Reception, Thur., Jan. 25, 5-7 p.m. 

Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal

Wed., Jan. 24, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall 


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal

Wed., Jan. 31, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall

February 2018


ASTEP First Friday Performance

Fri., Feb. 2, 7 p.m., CCML


6th Annual Albright Improv Festival * EE

Sat., Feb. 3

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, “Serious Comedy,” will focus on how comedy can compel us to confront matters of great importance.

  • 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 

Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal

Wed., Feb. 7, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal

Wed., Feb. 14, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


ASTEP First Friday Performance

Fri., Feb. 16, 7 p.m., CCML


WXAC’s Battle of the Bands

Sat.., Feb. 17, 7–11 p.m., Memorial Chapel


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal

Wed., Feb. 21, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Almost, Maine by John Cariani * EE

Thur.–Sat., Feb. 22–24, 8 p.m., & Sun., Feb. 25, 2 p.m., Wachovia Theatre, directed by Matt Fotis

One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and confounded. And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same.

  • Talkback & Reception, Thur., Feb. 22, follows show
  • Albright Improv Show, Fri., Feb. 23, follows show, Roop Hall 

Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal

Wed., Feb. 28, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall

March 2018


Comics & Conversation with Corey McCarty

Thur., March 1, 4:30-6:30 p.m., CCML


ASTEP First Friday Performance

Fri., March 2, 7 p.m., CCML


American Landscape, a Choral Concert EE

Sat., March 3, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel
The Albright Angels, Concert Choir, Mane Men and Women’s Chorale will perform a concert of music by American composers. 


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal

Wed., March 7, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Albright Angels & Mane Men Spring 2018 Tour

Fri., March 9–Sun., March 18


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal

Wed., March 14, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


André Terrell Jackson, Fashioning Identities: Remixed

Tues., March 20–Sun., April 22, Freedman Gallery (PS)

Albright alumnus, André Terrell Jackson ’13, remixes visual references from history, pop culture, diasporic cultures, and his own personal experiences with family and friends in the pursuit of his creative process. Based in fiber, Jackson’s mixed-media works cause viewers to investigate and question assumptions about identity politics. By transforming, juxtaposing and adapting common materials into his works, he examines the contradictions within and forces us to think differently about concepts related to beauty, identity and race.

  • Art-in-a-Minute: Knit Like a Boss, Wed., March 21, 11:30-1:30 p.m., CCML
  • Closing Reception (Alumni Weekend), Sun., April 22, 2:30-4 p.m.

Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal

Wed., March 7, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Albright Improv

Wed., March 21, 9:30 p.m., Roop Hall
Monthly long-form improvisational comedy show. 


Roop Hall’s Drag Race

Sat., March 24, 9 p.m., Roop Hall

Tickets will be sold in the Campus Center the week of the show and if not sold out, at the door

  • Auditions, Feb. 21, TBD, TBD 

Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal

Wed., March 28, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall

April 2018


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal

Wed., April 4, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Fashion Alumni Panel & Dinner

Fri., April 6

  • Dinner, 6-7 p.m., CFA Mezzanine
  • Panel, 7-8 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

ASTEP First Friday Performance

Fri., April 6, 7 p.m., CCML


Music Industry Interview EE

Fri., April 6, 8 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall


6th Annual Music Business Forum EE

Sat., April 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Roessner Hall

The sixth annual Music Business Forum will feature presentations with current music industry professionals, including: TBD. Lunch provided. FREE for Albright students and prospective students with advance registration required, $10 all others. Questions? Contact amerlino@albright.edu.


Poetry Out Loud

Tues., April 10, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Mary Miss Amphitheater (rain location: CFA Mezzanine)


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal

Wed., April 11, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


The Liar by David Ives adapted from the comedy by Pierre Corneille * EE

Thur.–Sat., April 12–14, 8 p.m. & Sun., April 15, 2 p.m., Wachovia Theatre, directed by Julia Matthews.

“All the world’s a lie, and all the men and women merely liars,” so says Dorante, the charming young lawyer who can’t open his mouth without telling another whopper. Dorante quickly sets his romantic sights on the beautiful Clarice, or maybe it’s her best friend Lucrece. Which one is which? And which one is secretly engaged to his best friend? Falsehoods fly in this sparkling French comedy by Corneille, newly adapted by David Ives.

  • Talkback & Reception, Thur., April 12, follows show
  • Albright Improv Show, Fri., April 13, follows show, Roop Hall 

Sunday Sinfonia at Albright College EE

Sun., April 15, 3 p.m., Memorial Chapel

  • Private Dinner, CCSL, follows concert

Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal

Wed., April 18, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Big Cat Jazz Concert EE

Fri., April 20, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel


Symphonic Band Concert EE

Sat., April 21, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel


Albright Angels at 20/Mane Men at 16

Sun., April 22, 1 p.m., Memorial Chapel


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal

Wed., April 25, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Annual Juried Student Exhibition

Thur., April 26–Fri., May 11, Freedman Gallery (MG & PS)

This annual exhibition includes a round up of work by Albright students created over the past year. Annual prizes and awards are given in different categories during a special reception. Juror: Susan Biebuyck, painter and graphic designer, gallery director for Studio B, Boyertown.

  • Prospectus on Freedman Gallery page
  • Intake, Mon. & Tues., April 16-17, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Award Ceremony & Reception, Thur., May 3, 5-7 p.m.

ASTEP Spring Showcase & Celebration

Fri., April 27, 7 p.m., Roop Hall


Aeolus Quartet

Sat., April 28, 4 p.m., Roop Hall
Sponsored by Merrill Lynch.


Albright Dance Team Recital

Sat., April 28, 7:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre


Green & Growing: Student Projects in Theatre EE

Mon., April 30, 7:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre

May 2018


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal

Wed., May 2, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall 


Emerging Voices from Domino Players Studio EE

Wed., May 2, 7:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre

  • Scripts and project proposals due, February 23
  • Auditions, March 14, TBD

Albright Improv: Early Bird Special

Thur., May 3, 4:30 p.m., CFA Mary Miss Amphitheatre


Annual Juried Student Exhibition

Award Ceremony & Reception, Thur., May 3, 5-7 p.m


Fashion Lion Release Party

Fri, May 4, 5-7 p.m., Roessner Atrium


Albright Improv: Beach Party Bonanza VII, Electric Boogaloo VI, Dreams Come True V

Fri., May 4, 6 p.m., CFA Mary Miss Amphitheatre 


Xion Step Team Dance Showcase *

Fri., May 4, 7:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre


Children’s Theatre of Albright: The Adventures of TV Cat

Sat., May 5, 1 p.m., CCML
Based on the stories of Hank Fotis, get to know the sometimes mischievous and sometimes lazy TV Cat as he gets himself into and out of a world of trouble.


Albright’s Annual Fashion Showcase * EE

Sat., May 5, $5/$10 students advance/door, $10/$15 adult advance/door, $25 VIP advance only/reserved seating and private reception

  • Exhibition, 4-5:30 p.m., Roop Hall
  • Runway Show, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre
  • VIP Reception, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Freedman Gallery

Celebrate Spring, a Choral Concert EE

Sat., May 5, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel
Say farewell to the graduating seniors in Albright Angels, Concert Choir, Mane Men and Women’s Chorale in their final performance of the season.


Roar Like a Lion, Music Student Recital

Mon., May 7, 7 p.m., Roop Hall
Albright’s end-of-the-semester student recital offers a variety of vocal and instrumental performances. 


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal

Wed., May 9, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal

Wed., May 16, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal

Wed., May 23, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal

Wed., May 30, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall

Summer 2018


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal

Weds., June 6, 13, 20 & 27, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall

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
  • outh 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 Center in Penn State.

Kids and Families

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Community Programs

Albright engages families, children, youth groups and schools with a variety of activities that inspire creativity and learning. Many programs use the Freedman Gallery’s special exhibitions, permanent collection or outdoor sculpture as a starting point for activities that develop imagination, expression and careful observation. Ideas and concepts are explored through discussion, demonstration, reflection and creation. For teachers, we offer curriculum guides, in-service training workshops and in-class visits with project materials we supply. Ask us to create a unique, hands-on activity! For tours and information, contact Beth Krumholz, curator of education, at 610-921-7776 or bkrumholz@albright.edu.

Experimental Art Labs are led by Beth Krumholz, guest artists or Albright student art educators, and include ongoing, hands-on activities in a variety of media. Several home-school groups meet with Beth once a week for special hands-on activities. High school students and Albrightians also regularly work individually on projects for the Senior Volunteer Center at Reading Hospital. For dates/times, contact Beth or check out the Freedman Kids blog at http://freedmankids-discovery.blogspot.com/.

On campus we host a number of regular events each semester under the Meet & Make moniker. These are great ways for students to make new friends and let their minds unwind. We are also open to working with an individual or student organization to create an event, which is how the Comics & Conversations with Corey McCarty developed; save March 2 for that repeating event from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Campus Center. Other dates to note are Sept. 19 for Tie-Dye Mania at Albright’s Organic Community Garden, Dharma Art on Sept. 22, which is part of Wellness Week, and Poetry Out Loud on April 11.

Through our art outreach efforts, we have created a number of ongoing partnerships with schools and community organizations. For 13th & Union Elementary School we organized a local artist and students who created a mural in the school, and we regularly host classes for campus tours of the Freedman Gallery, the organic community garden and outdoor sculpture park. On a monthly basis we provide visual presentations and hands on activities for seniors at Centre Park Lutheran Church. We partnered with Arts Fusion of Pottstown, giving their teens free access to our events and taking our teens to their events, programs and facilities. This summer we partnered with the Reading Public Library to create the “free, little libraries,” made from recycled objects and stocked with donated books that folks can take for free at five locations across town. If you’ve been out and about, you also will likely see us at events like Pride Fest, where we provide a free, hands-on activity. Contact Beth and let us know what we can do with you!

Discovery Guides

Our Discovery Guide series offers unique project ideas you can do at home, in the gallery or in the classroom.

Discovery Guides are copyright protected.
Discovery Guides are free upon request. Please send 10”x13” SASE with $1.00 postage each

Click the links below to view the Discovery Guide for the exhibition listed

Family Art Workshops

Family Arts Workshops include a tour of the exhibit, group discussions about the artwork, and an art project related to the current exhibit. Previous workshops featured printmaking, pinhole photography (in the darkroom), book making and heat-transfers on Tshirts.

Family Arts Workshops are for children between the ages of 5 and 13. Children must be accompanied by an adult partner. There is a $5 fee for materials (free with a Family Membership – $50). Reservations are required. Please contact Beth Krumholz, Curator of Education, (610) 921-7776, bkrumholz@albright.edu

School Groups

The Freedman Gallery displays several exhibits each season featuring work by contemporary artists exploring a variety of media.

When your class comes to visit they will have a tour of the exhibit and will participate in a discussion about art and the artists. Students will create a related art project designed specifically for the exhibit.

A written assignment can also be included. This wonderful enriching experience is FREE.

For your class tour, please contact Beth Krumholz, Curator of Education, (610) 921-7776, bkrumholz@albright.edu.

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Center for the Arts Staff 

David 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 degrees, in English, history, and paralegal studies.


Beth Krumholz, Curator of Education, Center for the Arts 

Marisa McGrath, Box Office Manager

Brandon Sewall, Assistant Technical Director