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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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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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.