News & Updates

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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Virtual Early Childhood Music Keeps the Fun Going This Summer

It’s never too late to develop a love for music and dance, but starting early certainly has its benefits. The Early Childhood Music program at The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC provides developmentally appropriate activities for infants, toddlers and preschoolers to enjoy while bonding with their parents or caregivers.

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Scholarship Program Keeps the Performing Arts School Open to Everyone

bergenPAC knows that just offering classes isn’t enough if it wants to truly deliver on its mission to make live performing arts and arts education more accessible to everyone in the community. The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC established a Scholarship Program several years ago that ensures no child who wants to develop their artistic passions will be turned away because of financial hardship.

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Go Deeper into Dance with Summer Intensives

The summer may be the time to relax, but it can also be perfect for upping the intensity. The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC’s virtual summer programs include two separate two-week dance intensives led by Dance Artistic Director Roberta Mathes.

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A Fresh Approach to Say No to Drugs

The students file into the auditorium and settle in for another assembly, expecting the usual – a speaker will tell them to work hard, don’t take drugs and make good choices, etc, etc. They’ve seen it all.

But they haven’t met Derick Cross aka D. Cross. The poet and visual artist takes the microphone and starts beatboxing, using his mouth to make the sounds of drums and record scratches. He then mixes in raps about avoiding opioids and get the students to join in a call-and-response chant.

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Making the Arts Truly Accessible to Everyone

bergenPAC’s nonprofit mission is to make live performing arts and arts education more accessible to everyone in the community. However, one of its original founders and Chairman Emeritus, Edmondo Schwartz, realized that simply bringing headliners to town wasn’t enough if some residents could never visit to the theater.

So he created the vision for the Arts Access Initiative....

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Sandy Bennett Art Gallery Celebrates the Fine Arts

While the word “performing” is centered in its name, bergenPAC’s mission is to make all forms of art more accessible to the community. As part of that, The Sandy Bennett Art Gallery features a different visual artist each month – many from Bergen County.

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Celebrating Senior Health & Fitness Day

Today marks the 27th annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day. Held the last Wednesday of May, the goal is to help keep older Americans healthy and fit. That’s also been one of bergenPAC’s goals for years as part of its nonprofit mission to make live performing arts and arts education more accessible to everyone in the community.

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Students Can Sharpen Their Skills This Summer From Home

Looking for something fun for children and teens to do this summer? The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC will offer Virtual Summer Programs with opportunities for all ages – from 2 months to adult. 

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Performing Arts School Seeks Its Cinderella By Video

“The show must go on” is a classic saying in theater embodying the idea that entertainers let nothing stop them. In keeping with that spirit, The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC is now holding video auditions for its 10th annual summer musical, Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.

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Virtual Performing Arts School Ready to Grow

After a successful launch of its online instruction, The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC is excited to soon expand its offerings, including its renowned Master Class series and virtual summer camps.

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Garden State Plaza and bergenPAC Partner to Spread the Joy of Entertainment

Bergen Performing Arts Center launched a partnership with the Westfield Garden State Plaza to present free family events a year ago, kicking it off on April 17, 2019 with a special appearance by beloved comedian Vic DiBitetto. The mall may be closed for now, but that hasn’t stopped the show from going on.

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From West Side Story to NYU: An Actress Looks to Change the World

Studying theater, music or dance can open a person’s eyes to the immense possibilities ahead of them and develop the traits needed to succeed in life. While not every student in The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC’s summer musicals pursues a professional career in the arts, there are a growing number of accomplished alumni establishing themselves in the entertainment industry.

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Russell Berrie Sponsors Englewood's Virtual 'Afterschool' Program

Students stuck at home are missing out on not just their time in the classroom, but also valuable afterschool programs that further develop important life skills and allow them to explore different interests. Thanks to funding from the Russell Berrie Foundation, Englewood students can now enjoy virtual sessions through The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC and Bergen Family Center’s Remote Learning Arts Experience Afterschool Program.

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Costume Designers Create Masks for Frontline Medical Staff

Costume designers play their part in theater by helping actors better inhabit their roles on stage. When the coronavirus pandemic hit the region, a group of residents who normally dress teen thespians found a way to use their craft to instead help medical workers stay safer.

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Rachel Zegler, bergenPAC’s ‘Maria,’ Gets her Big Screen Debut

Clifton teen goes from starring in our summer musical to Spielberg’s remake

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4th Annual Voices in Harmony

presented by The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC and ASAH

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Lakeland Bank and Hackensack Meridian Health Sponsor Opioid Education Program for Teens

Collaboration with the FBI-Newark Division, FBI Newark Citizens Academy Alumni Association, and bergenPAC uses music and experts to raise awareness of opioid addiction crisis

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The Performing Arts School at Bergen Performing Arts Center presents The Producers

sponsored by Benzel-Busch; costumes sponsored by Neiman Marcus

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RENT – The Musical: Concert Version at Englewood Health

presented by The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC & Englewood Health

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Norma Wellington’s Jewelry Show Supports Scholarships

Join us for a reception on Sunday, December 10 from noon to 6PM upstairs in the Sandy Bennett Art Gallery at bergenPAC to shop Norma Wellington's Annual Holiday Show and Sale. The show and sale continues for Kristin Chenoweth ticket holder til 10PM.

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Renowned voice instructor guides local singers

Soprano Nadine Herman lends her talents at the Performing Arts School at bergenPAC

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Bergen Performing Arts Center presents Raise the Curtain

A Fundraiser for the Performing Arts School at bergenPAC

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Norma Wellington’s Annual Holiday Jewelry Show & Sale

benefitting the scholarship program at The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC

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bergenPAC Gallery Naming Honors Long-Time Supporter

The Intermezzo Art Gallery at bergenPAC was permanently re-named the Sandy Bennett Art Gallery in honor and memory of long-time devotee Sandy Bennett, who worked at and supported the theater since its founding in 2003. 

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bergenPAC's 11th Annual Gala

featuring Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band

TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2016 – 8PM

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Backstage: Family Series

presented by bergenPAC and Westfield Garden State Plaza

  • Saturday April 9, 2016: Bubble Trouble - 10AM-1:30PM
  • Saturday May, 14, 2016: Gizmo Guys - 10AM-1:30PM
  • Saturday June, 11, 2016: Anthony Salazar: Magic and Illusion - 10AM-1:30PM
  • Saturday July 9, 2016: Twinkle & Friends - 10AM-1:30PM
  • Saturday August 13, 2016: Casey Carle's Bubblemania - 10AM-1:30PM
  • Saturday September 10, 2016:  – Petrapuppets: The Wacky Friends Show- 10AM-1:30PM
  • Saturday October 8, 2016:  – Spooktacular - 10AM-1:30PM
  • Saturday November 12, 2016:  – My Fairytale Party: Frozen Performance - 10AM-1:30PM
  • Saturday December 10, 2016:  – Michael Dubois: Solo Circus - 10AM-1:30PM

All Performances Free of Charge

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The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC Presents Summer Dance Intensive Program

Session 1: July 11-21, 2016
Session 2: August 8-18, 2016
10AM-4PM

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bergenPAC Presents 11th Annual Gala

Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band - June 7, 2016

On Sale Friday, February 12th at 11AM

RINGO STARR AND HIS ALL STARR BAND
TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2016 – 8PM
$250-200-175-125-99

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Bollywood Dance at The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC

presented by Dr. Hetal Gor

  • Indian Cultural Classes
  • Bollywood Dance
  • Mondays February 1-June 13, 2016

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Educational Workshops for Children with Special Needs

presented by The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC

  • February 3rd: Hip Hop (2 Workshops/ Dance & DJing) at 12:30pm
  • February 18th: Guitar Group & Rock Band combined at 9:15am
  • March 9: Guitar Group at 9:15am
  • April 13th: Guitar Group at 9:15am
  • April 27th: Hip Hop Beat Box at 12:30pm
  • May 6th: Spring Performance

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11th Annual Englewood Idol

presented by the Dr. John Grieco Scholarship Fund

Friday, January 8, 2016 at 7:00PM

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bergenPAC Kicks off November ‘Hearty Soup Can Drive’ for the Center for Food Action

and George Winston Giving Tuesday fundraiser for CFA at bergenPAC

  • Soup Can Drive: November 1 - December 1, 2015
  • George Winston: Tuesday, December 1, 2015

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bergenPAC and Neiman Marcus Fundraiser for the Performing Arts and bergenPAC performances

presented by The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC and Neiman Marcus

Fundraiser: Launches November 5th and continues through the holiday season, 2015

  • Performance 1: Saturday, November 7th, 2015 at 1:00PM
  • Performance 2: Saturday, December 12th, 2015 at 1:00PM

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Master Class Series With Principal Ballet Dancers

presented by The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC

  • Monday, November 16th, 2015 - 6:30PM-8:00PM
  • Monday, December 14th, 2015 - 6:30PM-8:00PM
  • Monday, February 8th, 2016 - 6:30PM-8:00PM
  • Monday, April 4th, 2016 - 6:30PM-8:00PM
  • Monday, June 6th, 2016 - 6:30PM-8:00PM

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The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC Fall Registration Is Open

(Englewood, NJ, August 31, 2015) The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC located at 1 Depot Square in Englewood NJ fall registration is open. Classes are available in dance, theater, music, musical theater, Music Speaks, Limitless Arts, studio rental, and private instruction. Options are available for all age ranges and ability levels. Registration is ongoing at bergenpac.org/education or by contacting Luisa at 201-482-8194 or [email protected] Please see our attached brochure for details.

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Bergen Performing Arts Center and Arts Horizons in Englewood, NJ presented Performance and Educational Workshop for Children with Special Needs At Felician School for Exceptional Children in Lodi, NJ

(Englewood, NJ, September 3, 2015) On July 30, bergenPAC and Arts Horizons in Englewood, NJ presented a professional interactive performance for special needs students by the group Hip Hop Connections at The Felician School for Exceptional Children in Lodi, NJ. This program was supported by The Provident Bank Foundation. See photos, courtesy of Felician School, at 

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/p8q19fgwkf82ln5/AAACPdA675DZKpz49ptdWdvma?dl=0

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bergenPAC Presents Ubiquitous: An Exhibition by artist Sei Ryun Chun

Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, New Jersey Presents

Ubiquitous: An Exhibition by artist Sei Ryun Chun

September 1-30, 2015

Reception: Monday, September 14, 2015 at 6PM

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bergenPAC Presents Laugh All Night: Volume 2

Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, New Jersey Presents

LAUGH ALL NIGHT @BERGENPAC: VOLUME 2
FRIDAY, OCT 2, 2015 – 8PM

$25

 

Tickets available at: www.ticketmaster.com or www.bergenpac.org or 
Box Office (201) 227-1030

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Indian Cultural Initiative Classes Registering Now!

Look for Indian Cultural Initiative classes as part of The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC fall schedule, registering now! Visit bergenpac.org/theaterschedule, or  201-482-8194, or [email protected]

 

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Englewood Hispanic Heritage Festival

Mayor Frank Huttle III

The City of Englewood

together with

Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood Public School District, Englewood Public Library, And Hispanic-American Chamber of Commerce of Englewood

INVITE YOU TO THE

 

Englewood Hispanic Heritage Festival

Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 11AM-4PM

And

Grupo Niche

Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 8PM

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Rob Thomas with special guest Plain White T’s

(Englewood, New Jersey- July 7, 2015)  Bergen Performing Arts Center located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey presents Rob Thomas with special guest Plain White T’s, Thursday, August 13th, 2015 at 8PM. Purchase tickets to see the Matchbox Twenty singer at www.ticketmaster.com or Box Office at 201.227.1030. 

THURSDAY AUGUST 13, 2015 – 8PM

$189-$159-$139-$99-$79

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New shows on sale this week at bergenPAC: It’s Christmas in July!

(Englewood, New Jersey-July 6, 2015) 

Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas: Sunday, November 29, 2015 at 1PM and 4PM; George Winston: The Winter Show: Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 8PM; New Jersey Ballet’s Nutcracker: Saturday, December 5, 2015 and Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 1PM and 4:30PM; Steve Solomon: My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m Home For The Holidays: Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 8PM; Savion Glover’s Dance Holiday SPeCTaCULaR, Part of the Wilmington Trust Cultural Arts Series: Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 8PM; An Irish Christmas: Friday, December 18, 2015 at 8PM; Kenny Rogers: Once Again It’s Christmas: Christmas Hits and More Featuring Linda Davis: Saturday, December, 19, 2015 at 8PM; and A Christmas Carol: Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 1PM and 4PM. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 10, 2015 at 11AM at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling bergenPAC’s Box Office at 201.227.1030.

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Summer Sale! 15 shows for $19

(Englewood, New Jersey- June 29, 2015)  Bergen Performing Arts Center located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey presents Summer Sale: 15 shows for $19. Use code: SUMMER15. Offer ends July 4. Additional fees and restrictions apply. Purchase tickets for summer fun at www.ticketmaster.com or Box Office at 201.227.1030. For more information visit bergenpac.org/summer2015.

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BergenPAC Hosted Performance and Educational Workshop for Children with Disabilities

(Englewood, NJ, June 18, 2015) On June 1, 2015, bergenPAC located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, NJ was the venue for a professional performance for students with special needs by the group Hip Hop Connections. This program was provided under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and was part of a partnership between Arts Horizons and bergenPAC to serve children with disabilities.

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Support Nepal Earthquake Victims with Qawwali Sufi

Performances by Fareed Ayaz & Abu Mohammed

bergenPAC and Dr. Hetal Gor present a Fundraiser for the victims of the Nepal Earthquake: Qawwali Sufi with performances by Fariz Aya and Abu Mohammed, Friday, May 29th 2015 at 8 PM

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Live At The Cabaret – Volume 3 Maestro Martin Piecuch’s Jazzical Fusion

(Englewood, New Jersey) Tuesday, June 23, 2015 – 7PM Bergen Performing Arts Center located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey and The BulLion Foundation present a bergenPAC Cultural Initiative Show: Live at the Cabaret – Volume 3: Maestro Martin Piecuch’s Jazzical Fusion, June 23rd, 2015 from 7-9 PM. The show will be held in the Drapkin Cabaret and Lounge for an intimate live experience. Purchase tickets to see Jazzical Fusion via email [email protected] or June Rhee (201) 503-8328 ($25 (student discount available.)

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bergenPAC and Youth Consultation Service Present The 12th Annual YCS Blossoms Art Exhibit

May 1-25, 2015
Award Ceremony and Choral Performance: Saturday May 23, 2015 11AM -1PM

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bergenPAC and Dr. Hetal Gor MD, FACOG Present Kumar Sanu

An Indian Cultural Initiative Show

Friday May 15, 2015 8PM / $189*-159*-129-99-79-59-39

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bergenPAC in collaboration with AM Productions Presents Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

A 10th Anniversary Celebration to benefit the Performing Arts School at BergenPAC

Friday, June 5, 2015 8:00PM / $500, $250, $150, $125, $99, $79

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bergenPAC presents Audra McDonald as 10th Annual Spring Gala

Part of the Benzel-Busch Concert Series

Friday, May 8th, 2015 at 8PM / Gala Tickets available by calling (201) 503-8327 or emailing [email protected]

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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.

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