News & Updates


Englewood, New Jersey – August 15, 2022) Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC) today announced the addition of four new members to its Board of Trustees. Ray Chew, Vivian Scott Chew, Steven Goldstein, and Valerie Vainieri Huttle joined the board of bergenPAC at a critical time as the storied theater’s $15 million Invest in the Arts Capital Campaign funds a comprehensive restoration and renovation of the historic venue.

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bergenPAC Appoints New Executive Director

Bergen Performing Arts Center has announced the appointment of Alexander Diaz as the new Executive Director leading the organization to the future. Diaz was most recently Director of Education and Outreach at bergenPAC's Performing Arts School. During his tenure, he demonstrated his leadership abilities during a critical time at the onset of the pandemic. Diaz was one of the first to pivot all students to virtual lessons, continuing their much-needed arts education programs.



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bergenPAC Kicks Off Capital Campaign for Theater Renovations

Bergen Performing Arts Center announced a $15 million public-private partnership capital campaign.

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Scholarships Make the College Audition Process More Accessible

Just offering classes is not enough to truly deliver on bergenPAC’s mission to make live performing arts and arts education more accessible to everyone in the community. That’s why the Performing Arts School at bergenPAC established its Scholarship Program several years ago to ensures no child who wants to develop their artistic passions is turned away because of financial hardship.

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bergenPAC Alumni Rachel Zegler shines on the big screen

Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story remake featured a familiar face and voice for the bergenPAC community. The star-crossed lover Maria is played by Rachel Zegler, a Clifton, N.J. native, who starred in the same role in The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC’s 2017 summer musical.

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Show Choir Helps Englewood Health’s Vaccine Campaign

The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC teamed up with Englewood Health to help promote the value in getting vaccinated against COVD-19 to local teens.  

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Students Share Their Art Inspired by Racial Justice Discussions

In response to the racial violence and protests occurring throughout the country last year, a group of local teens from diverse racial, economic, religious, and ethnic backgrounds discussed the ongoing issues

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bergenPAC Board Transitions Leadership as it Looks Ahead

Frank Huttle III, Founder of the Bergen Performing Arts Center Board of Trustees, is proud to announce that Robert Cook will serve as Board Chairman for 2021. 

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Wellington Holds Virtual Jewelry Sale to Benefit Scholarships

Acclaimed jewelry designer Norma Wellington will present her annual Fine Jewelry Holiday Show virtually Wednesday, December 9 at 11:30 a.m. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Performing Arts School at bergenPAC’s scholarship program. 

Wellington will be live on Zoom from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. here Then the sale continues until 7 p.m. on her website:

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Summer Musical Alumna Zegler Appears in Vogue

Rachel Zegler, who played Maria in The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC’s 2017 summer musical West Side Story, was recently featured in Vogue in anticipation of her upcoming star turn in the same role in Steven Spielberg’s film remake.

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The Performing Arts School

The Performing Arts School provides arts education to students age 3 months to 21 years throughout Northern New Jersey. With classes in all types of performing arts, outreach programs throughout the state, and programming for children with special needs, every donation helps create more opportunities for new artists.