News & Updates

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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A Peek Behind The Curtain: The History of bergenPAC

bergenPAC sits in a building with close to a century’s worth of history. While the name on the facade has changed through the years, there were two constants. It has been a cultural beacon and economic anchor for Englewood and the surrounding region. And whenever it falters financially, a group of dedicated residents make it their mission to keep the arts alive in their community.

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Russell Berrie Foundation Funds Racial Justice Visual Arts Program

The arts can be an incredible way for young people to process emotions and make sense of what’s happening in the world. Thanks to support from The Russell Berrie Foundation, the Performing Arts School at bergenPAC will add a visual arts element to Bergen Family Center’s Racial Justice Institute.

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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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The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC Set to Bring Students Back Onsite

After going dark six months ago, The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC’s will welcome aspiring dancers and actors back to its studios this month. 

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bergenPAC Extends the Sunset Drive-In Concert Series

bergenPAC is proud to announce that its Sunset Drive-In Concert Series is being extended into September with three more performances. Residents are invited to enjoy a variety of fun music and comedy acts in a safe outdoor setting. The Sunset Drive-In Concert Series is a reimagined live concert experience with artists performing full sets, complete with lighting and large LED screens, in the Westfield Garden State Plaza parking lot. It’s just one ticket per vehicle.

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Save Our Stage – Four Ways You Can Help Today

Despite the incredible challenges brought on by COVID-19, our historic, nonprofit performing arts center is still determined to serve as your home for cultural entertainment and arts education.

Our theater went dark five months ago and will likely remain so into next year. The building has had a few names in its nearly 100-year existence because every time this cultural beacon’s existence was challenged, the community rallied to keep its spirit alive. This is your chance to carry on that heritage and ensure we can welcome you back through our doors for the joy of live entertainment when it is safe again.

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bergenPAC is Back With The Sunset Drive-In Concert Series

Live music returns to Bergen County! Bringing people together with the joy of live performing arts is what makes bergenPAC such an important part of the region’s cultural fabric. While COVID-19 restrictions on large indoor gatherings could cause the theater to stay dark through 2021, the show must go on!

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Marking the 30th Anniversary of ADA

This Sunday celebrates the 30th anniversary of when the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. 

bergenPAC takes its ADA responsibility seriously as it ties into its nonprofit mission to make live performing arts and arts education more accessible to everyone. While the historic theater has certain limitations, bergenPAC’s staff strives to make everyone’s visit as comfortable as possible.

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The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC Virtual Summer Programs

The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC online programs let children study theater, dance and music with professional teaching artists from the comfort of their homes. This is a great way to keep kids engaged, while developing important life skills, including discipline, creativity and self-confidence.

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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.