About the PAC

Details about its history and people

Performing Arts Center Information
Staff Directory

Patrick Ferlo, Director 
518-442-3995; [email protected]

Kim Engel, Associate Director 
518-442-5738; [email protected]

Bryan Robinson, Operations Director 
518-442-2595; [email protected]

Catherine Abbott, Event Supervisor
Rachel Bratager, Technical Supervisor
Melissa Colasessano, Event Supervisor

Mark Schrom, Administrative Assistant
518-442-3995; [email protected]

Announcements

September 13, 2021
The Department of Music and Theatre has canceled its September 23rd concert, Capital Trio Performs Music by Max Lifchitz.  The box office is contacting all ticket holders to arrange for an exchange or refund.
 

August 12, 2021
The UAlbany Performing Arts Center is hiring student staff to work in the box office and to assist during events. Interested individuals should fill out and return the PAC student application by September 3. Interviews with select applicants will be held on September 14 and 15. For all hired, there will be a mandatory orientation session in the evening on Monday, September 27.
 

August 10, 2021
Packages and individual tickets for the Dance in Albany series presented by the UAlbany Performing Arts Center and The Egg are on sale starting today. Both can be purchased through The Egg box office. View the Dance in Albany series.

Building Access and Hours

Building Access (guaranteed through use of the wheelchair accessible door
Monday through Friday from 8am to 11pm
Saturdays from 9am to 9pm
Sundays from 9am to 7pm
* Holiday and Intercession access may have exceptions
 

Office Hours
Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm (academic year) 
* Closed 12pm to 1pm for lunch 
Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm (summer months) 
* Closed 12:30pm to 1pm for lunch 

Contact Us

Main Office: 518-442-3995

Fax: 518-442-5099

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UAlbany Performing Arts Center
PAC 266
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222

History

The UAlbany Performing Arts Center at the University at Albany was constructed in 1969. The facility replaced the aging theater space on the Downtown Campus, Page Hall.

Page Hall, named for David Perkins Page, was constructed as part of a major upgrade for the New York State College for Teachers in 1929. Page Hall served as the primary performance space for the College until it was announced in the early 1960's that a new campus was to be constructed. This new construction was to include a state-of-the-art performing arts facility.

Main stage of PAC being constructed in 1969
Main stage of PAC being constructed in 1969.

In 1962, the New York State College for Teachers became the State University of New York at Albany (now called simply the University at Albany) and a new campus located on the west end of Albany was planned. The new facility was designed by noted architect Edward Durell Stone, designer of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. By 1966, students were occupying the new campus, although the entire project was not completed until 1969.

On Wednesday, April 16, 1969, the Performing Arts Center on the Uptown Campus was dedicated. The UAlbany Performing Arts Center, also known as the PAC, was the last building on the academic podium to be completed and was hailed a marvelous achievement by arts professionals and the media alike. The Departments of Music and Theatre were moved into their new home in late April 1969.

The UAlbany Performing Arts Center has served as the primary performance space for the University for over fifty years. Page Hall continues to play host to a fairly large number of events as well. Over eight thousand performances have taken place in the facilities. Although the primary user of the PAC continues to be its resident, the Department of Music and Theatre, many other organizations, on campus and off, have held their events in its excellent facilities. The UAlbany Performing Arts Center is a unique, important and exciting "jewel in the crown" of the University at Albany.


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