Living together in the community through the arts

Since its founding in 1953, Allens Lane Art Center has been a cornerstone of the Mt. Airy community by bringing the residents together to participate in and enjoy the arts.  Whether its art classes for children or adults, amazing art exhibitions or cutting edge plays on the mainstage, there is something for everyone at Allens Lane.

601 West Allens Lane ~ Philadelphia, PA 19119 ~ p: 215.248.0546 f: 215.248.0559


Get Involved

Allens Lane Art Center loves our volunteers. Whether you have skills in office administration, or just interested in helping us with our gallery, theater or building, we are interested in having you donate some of your valuable time and would like to hear from you. When you volunteer, we provide training so that you understand your position, general information about the center, and relevant artist/performance information. We understand that your time is valuable so we have made some positions very time specific while other jobs are much more open ended depending on your schedule. If you have a skill that you would like to bring to Allens Lane Art Center but don't see anything listed? Please contact us and let us know! We are happy to have our community arts center as a focal point of your community! To ensure that your time, energy and skills are put to good use, please take a moment to look over the list of available volunteer positions below and then fill out the form at the bottom of this page and let us know which position interests you. We will add your name to our volunteer email list and you will receive various notices for project assistants that you can respond to. Thank you.

Please send us your email address so that we can send you opportunities to volunteer at the Center. We only email about once a month with opportunities. This is a seperate email from our bi-monthly newsletter. We respect your privacy and do not share this list.
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Available Volunteer Positions


Allens Lane Theater

The Theater Committee is looking for individuals who can volunteer as ushers for our theater performances. Ushers are asked to arrive one hour prior to the start of the performance and stay until the show closes. Ushers get to see the plays for free (unless the show is sold out). Ushers are also invited to attend the opening night receptions for the cast/crew following the first performance

OPPORTUNITY - \For a full list of plays, play descriptions, subscription and ticket information and all things Allens Lane Theater, we encourage you to look at our season listing here.
Each play that we produce will have 9 performances and we will need at least 2 to 3 volunteers for each play to act as ushers.  This is where you come in.  If you see a date (or dates) that work best for you to usher, pleaes let us know of your interest.  We need ushers on Fridays and Saturdays to arrive no later than 6:45pm and 12:45pm on Sundays and report to Lisa in the box office for your assignment and training.  There will be a House Manager on duty as well to help guide you through your experience.  Of course, all volunteers get to stay and see the play for free!
Once you have selected the date(s) you will be available to volunteer, I ask that you please email me ( with your name, your phone number and the date that you want. We will email you back with a confirmation of your request and then will put your name on our online volunteer calendar so that you can always confirm which date you are scheduled for ( )
Thank you and we very much look forward to seeing you at the Center this year.

Theater Set Builders
Can you swing a hammer? Can you put up walls and paint? Allens Lane Theater would like to talk with you about  getting your help to construct new theater sets for our upcoming seasons. We are looking for people that can work with directors and set designers to construct walls, doors, windows and stairs and then to paint and finish them to help support our theater productions.  There is much flexibility on the times for construction but there are deadlines for completion as well. We would love to meet you at the center to talk about how you might be able to help us. If you are interested, please call us at 215-248-0546 or email us at

Technical Support and Stage Crew Needed!
Allens Lane Theater is looking for people to join our Technical Team.  All levels of experience welcome!  

Areas needing extra hands include: stage management, stage crew, costumes, props, electrics (lighting) and sound. 

Please consider joining our growing Technical Team if you:

- Have experience in stage management, costumes, props, lighting or sound design
- Have skills in sewing, painting, drawing, electrical work, or computer programming
- Want to learn about what happens backstage to make every performance happen

Hours typically include some weekday evenings and some weekends. Schedules for the Tech Team get busiest in the two weeks prior to opening a new show.  

We are excited to meet with you to discuss how you can add to our growing Technical Team at the Allens Lane Theater! If you are interested, please contact us at

Gallery Assistants

Allens Lane Art Center is in need of volunteers to assist with our satellite gallery - The Lieberman Gallery -  at the Germantown Branch at Settlement Music School, 6128 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA.  This gallery is dedicated to showing artwork from young and emerging local artists (about 7 exhibitions per year).  The gallery director, Diane Connelly, is currently searching for volunteers to assist with working with local artists to mount exhibitions of their work (from September - June of each year).  Exhibitions typically run for anywhere between a month to a month and a half.  We need help with a variety of things including: exhibition installation (2D only), packing and unpacking of artwork (if necessary), administration of printed materials for each exhibition, social media archiving and marketing, and assistance during the gallery receptions (which occur during the school's recital schedule).  The idea candidates will have a passion for the arts, flexible schedule, and an interest in helping support local artists.  Interested volunteers are asked to contact us at

Facility - Maintenance

General Help
We love our newly refurbished building and so do many of you. We want it looking it's best for a long time to come. We need your help with everything from painting to cleaning. Many, many, many people use our facility so we need to keep on top of it. General carpentry skills and having your own tools are a plus but not necessary.

Office Administration

Looking for accurate and responsible people to help with imputting data into databases as well as general office assistance. We need someone who can come in each week (or every other week) during the day to help with a variety of needs.