The performing arts venues of New Jersey are more than just entertainment destinations: they also provide arts education to the public through attached schools and special programs. All are dedicated to inspiring audiences and enriching the lives of adults and children alike.
As the 5th largest performing arts center in the country, New Jersey Performing Arts Center consistently features award-winning performers and Broadway headliners. The 12-acre site includes a large concert hall as well as a smaller theater, and its convenient location near public libraries, museums, colleges, and great restaurants makes it easily accessible to the public.
This theater is a great place to see timeless productions of American plays and musicals. Dedicated to preserving the art of drama since it's opening in 1938, Paper Mill Playhouse is one of the few performing arts theaters that have expanded into the fine arts. An art gallery on the theater's mezzanine level showcases the work of regional artists in a number of different mediums.
Community Theatre prides itself on being "a place for all the arts," welcoming a variety of performances such as comedy nights, musicals and concerts. The biggest night of the year is the annual Starlight Ball; a gala event brings together celebrities, donors, and socialites. The Community Theatre offers a babysitting service for most performances and its Performing Arts School hosts classes and workshops on variety of subjects.
The Bergen Performing Arts Center was created to make performing arts accessible to all. While the center does not present its own performances, it is available to civic, religious, community and performing arts organizations on a rental basis. A unique fiber optic connection to nearby Bennett Studios allows artists to record their albums live on the bergenPAC stage. Dedicated to arts education, bergenPAC also includes a performing arts school that offers master classes and training in the performing and recording arts.