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.
Enter the CFA
Center for the Arts Staff
David Tanner, dean, arts and cultural resources, manages both the Freedman Gallery and the Albright 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.
Heather Hoff, director, event planning
B.A., Sport & Exercise Science, Messiah College
Steven Nicodemus, assistant director, Center for the Arts, manages the Albright Theatre box office and collaborates with all CFA departments to record and distribute media for CFA events, among other administrative duties. A Reading native and Albright ‘16 alumnus, Nicodemus received his B.A., co-majoring in digital media and art, then served as the Boscov Film Theatre Manager at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in downtown Reading for four years. He also worked as a freelance graphic designer, artist, and game developer with local and regional clients to develop marketing media, logos, and commissioned artworks, contributing to the release of three augmented reality video games.
Donald Quilinquin, technical director and master electrician, holds an MFA Theatre with a Scenic Design focus from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he represented his Alma Mater at the Region VIII Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in 2013 and received the National KCACTF Award for Design Excellence for his design on Uncle Vanya & Zombies. Since receiving his MFA, Donald has sought out a wide array of professional roles and experiences at both professional and academic theatres — including serving as Master Carpenter, Carpenter/Welder, Technical Director and Production Designer in pursuit of a deep understanding a respectful and collaborative approach to making theatre. His latest theatre position was as Master Carpenter at PlayMakers Repertory Company — which incorporates both the Graduate and Undergraduate programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Kara Johnson, administrative assistant, Center for the Arts, earned her bachelor’s degree from Kutztown University in studio art with a minor in art history. During her time at Kutztown, she interned for the Miller Art Gallery. She also holds an associate’s degree from Luzerne County Community College in commercial painting and illustration.
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:
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.
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’s mission is to provide and promote high quality symphonic music to the citizens of Reading and Berks County through:
Classical subscription concerts
Concerts for students
Educational and community outreach programs
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.
The Santander Arena and Santander Performing Arts Center are the main performance centers in downtown Reading, hosting national and international performers and performances.
EE Experience Event
*For prices/tickets, call the Box Office at 610-921-7547
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.