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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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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April 2019

Sarah Fox: The Great Cry and Then I Met You

April 14, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Freedman Gallery, 13th and Bern Streets
Reading, PA 19612 United States
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Tues., Jan. 2–Thur., April. 14, Freedman Gallery (Foyer) Sarah Fox uses animation to portray the cycle of life and the bodily experience of being female. The Great Cry is a stop-motion animation tragically illustrating the artist’s personal story of infertility and loss. Whereas, Then I Met You is the happy ending and creation myth for her adopted son. Click here to read more about "The Great Cry and Then I Met You"

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Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

April 14, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 2:00 pm, repeating until April 14, 2019

Albright College, 13th and Bern Streets
Reading, PA 19612 United States
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$10 – $15

Thur.-Sat., April 11–13, 7 p.m. & Sun., April 14, 2 p.m. (Alumni Weekend), Wachovia Theatre, directed by Jeffrey Lentz “Is there no justice in this city?” Acclaimed as one of the greatest achievements of the American musical theatre, Sweeney Todd is a thriller that tells the disturbing tale of a Victorian-era barber who returns home to London after 15 years of exile to take revenge on the corrupt judge who ruined his life. When revenge eludes him, Sweeney vengeance on…

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June 2019

Megan Solis: I’m Hot and Ready

June 28, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Freedman Gallery, 13th and Bern Streets
Reading, PA 19612 United States

Tues., April 16–Fri., June 28, Freedman Gallery (Foyer) Screening includes excerpts from The Melissa Saga, a larger series that Megan Solis created for Performance Art Houston, which addresses the isolation that comes with Internet culture. Read more about Megan Solis’ I’m Hot and Ready  

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July 2019

“Michael Martinez: Nobody Truly Lives on Earth”

July 1, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Freedman Gallery, 13th and Bern Streets
Reading, PA 19612 United States
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Mon., July 1–Sun., Sept. 8, Freedman Gallery (Foyer) “Nobody Truly Lives On Earth” is a collection of animated works by multidisciplinary artist Michael Martinez. Weaving a narrative that celebrates LGBT individuals, each vignette appropriates a myriad of imagery including the aesthetics of ‘80s action cinema, video games, and Mesoamerican art.

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August 2019

Annual CFA Season Opening Gala

August 12, 12:00 am
PA United States

This event has been cancelled, and we apologize for any inconvenience. Please plan to join us next August as we kick off the 2020/2021 CFA Season.  

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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

Rich Houck, Preparator