FALL Classes and Workshops

Allens Lane Art Center has a wide variety of classes and workshops in art, ceramics, theater, dance and more with convenient class times, professional teaching artists, plenty of free off-street parking and a number of wonderful introductory classes and workshops for those just starting out.


  • Hand and Wheel
  • Creative Handbuilding & Tilemaking
  • NEW - Kidz-Clay Saturday Workshops (ages 6-12)
  • NEW - Teen & Adult Intro to Pottery
  • Fun with Clay I & II (ages 5-14)
  • Open Studio Access
  • RAKU Workshops (monthly)
  • NEW DATES - Friday Night Clay Dates (BYOB)


  • Staging Silverstein (ages 6-10)
  • Improv. & Scene Study (ages 10-17)
  • Let's Make A Movie Workshop (March 2020 - ages 10+)
  • Stage Make-up Workshops (OCT. 2019 - ages 9+)


  • Figure Model Drawing (live model)
  • Flower Pot Decorating Workshop


  • American Tribal Style Dance
  • Nia Dance Technique
  • Appalachian Clogging
  • Swing and Blues Dance
  • Tap for Adults
  • Tango
  • Core Fusion / Ballet & Modern Dance Mat & Barre

Gallery Exhibitions

The Carolyn and Howard Alber Gallery presents:

Emily Erb

Sept. 16 - Oct. 26, 2019
Gallery Hours: M-F, 10am - 5pm and by appointment

Philadelphia artist Emily Erb's dynamic and colorful original artworks will fill the gallery with powerful and engaging paintings and prints for our first show this season.  Mark your calendars for the Artist's Cocktail Reception to get a chance to meet the artist and talk to her about her new work.

Artist's Cocktail Reception: Oct.  12, 2019 (7-9pm)


Mark Your Calendar: Art of the Gift

Allens Lane Art Center will host "Art of the Gift" from Dec. 14 - 21, 2019. This is a wonderful holiday art & craft sale from the students and faculty at Allens Lane.  Unique and one of a kind gifts for friends and family will be available at very affordable prices.

Join us for the special opening reception on Fri. Dec. 13th, 7-9pm and get a chance to meet many of the participating artists.

Gallery Hours:
Sat. & Sun. - 11am - 4pm
Mon - Fri. - 10am - 7pm

Vision Thru Art - Join our Friends Circle

After you take a look at the video above, please consider helping us by joining our Friends Circle to help support this amazing program.  Vision Thru Art is a weekly sculpture class for blind and visually-impaired artists that has called Allens Lane Art Center home for over 35 years.  This 33 week series of classes hosts up to 40 artists (mostly seniors) and is completely free.

We hope that you will consider joining our Friends Circle of individual supporters with a contribution of $25, $50, $100, or more. Friends Circle members will be acknowledged on the Center’s website, and on printed materials at this winter’s Holiday Craft Show. Help us to ensure that Vision Thru Art keeps going for another 30 years and more. – THANK YOU!

Read the wonderful new article (6.20.19) in the Chestnut Hill Local by Brenda Lange that shows these artists at their best.

Employment Opportunity:  Development Associate

Announcing our 2019-2020 theater season

Subscriptions (for all 5 plays) and individual ticket sales are now available for our 2019-2020 theater season.

New Subscriber Rate: $90 ($18 per ticket)
Returning Subscriber Rate: $80 ($16 per ticket)
Individual tickets: $25 per ticket

Our season opens with the spectacular:

The Insanity of Mary Girard 
Written by Lanie Robertson
Directed by Mariangela Saavedra
Sept. 19, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, Oct. 4, 5, 6
Show runtime: 80 min. (no intermission)
Click here to purchase individual tickets for this play

It is 1790, and Mary Girard, wife of prolific Philadelphia philanthropist Stephen Girard, has awoke to find herself committed to the mental asylum of The Pennsylvania Hospital. How did she get here? How long must she stay? Why has her husband not come to have her released? Is it all a mistake, or is she truly insane? Join us on the inside where we find out more about her and those closest to her, as the tale unfolds of Mary...Polly Mary...Crazy Mary...Girard.

Allens Lane Theater invites ticket holders to bring a picnic-dinner (& BYOB) to enjoy before the show.  Doors open 40 minutes prior to curtain (50 min. for subscribers).  Seating is first-come, first-served. Plenty of free off-street parking.
The first four performances of this show will be featured as a part of the 2019 Philadelphia Fringe Festival.
Click here to purchase tickets for the Fringe Arts performances or purchase a Membership to all Fringe Art's shows.

Sarah Heddins
Jessica McDonald
Jim Broyles
Browning Sterner
Sarah Palmatory
William McHattie
Neena Boyle
Sean Vermeire
Teresa Nutter

Allens Lane Theater Casting Calls

Allens Lane Theater will be holding auditions for it's upcoming productions of Philip Barry's The Philadelphia Story on Sept. 22nd and 23rd.
Learn more about the open roles and how to attend the auditions here.

Children's Birthday Parties

Allens Lane Art Center has a brand new birthday party program for children and young teens!

Let our expert Birthday Party Directors, Claire Drake and Janice Strawder, take care of entertaining your children with a variety of fun and interactive themed parties like Music Parties, Themed Parties, Theater Parties, Ceramic Parties and more!

After your party, let your kids run off some extra steam in our playground. It's sure to be a big hit with all your guests!

Become a Board Member

Are you interested in supporting the arts, giving back to your community and helping others achieve their dreams?

Allens Lane Art Center welcomes submissions from its new online board member application form. Learn about the different types of people that the Center is looking for and what being on the Board of Directors entails.