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The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) is a state-of-the-art performing arts center in South Orange, New Jersey featuring Singer-Songwriters, Blues, Jazz, Comedy, Theatre, Dance, and so much more.

SOPAC is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization that delivers artistic, educational, and innovative experiences within an intimate, inviting environment, and promotes regional involvement in the arts, serving as a catalyst for economic development and continued revitalization of South Orange’s downtown business district. The SOPAC facility consists of an intimate 415-seat performance hall in addition to the spectacular SOPAC Loft which hosts a variety of live performances, community events and education programs. The 5 movie theaters at SOPAC are operated by Bow-Tie Cinemas.  

SOPAC is home of Seton Hall University Arts Council performances, including the Classical Concert Series, Jazz in the Hall performances and Seton Hall Theatre productions. SOPAC partners with the Juilliard School of Music to present the Juilliard @ SOPAC series featuring upcoming musicians from the acclaimed conservatory. SOPAC presents performances by its theatre company in residence, Midtown Direct Rep, and its dance company in residence, Lydia Johnson Dance.

Welcome to the ninth season of the South Orange Performing Arts Center!

We have a great season ahead replete with singer-songwriters, Jazz, Blues, comedians, world music, classic rock, theatre, and some of New Jersey’s great dance companies. It will be our most diverse and interesting season yet.

Last spring SOPAC hosted a performance of internationally renowned country recording artist, Hunter Hayes. Rolling Stone Magazine covered his performance at SOPAC and described our venue as having “…sumptuous sound.” In the entertainment industry you live to read something like that!

It is part of what makes our performing arts center unique: this is a superbly designed space intended to provide the listener and observer with an excellent experience. The Center is bringing you world-class entertainment in a venue that may feel more like your living room than a performance space.

Someone described our main stage as “boutique,” which really resonated with me because I associate it with superior customer care, an excellent product, and an intimate experience. We hope we deliver that to you each time you visit with us.

We are really interested in feedback about your experience at SOPAC. Following your attendance at performances, you’ll receive an email from us asking you to fill out a brief survey. Please take a few minutes to complete it. We are always interested in improving our audience’s experience, and we want to know what other performers you’d like to see in this theatre.

We know you have many choices in this region to experience the arts. On behalf of the Board, Staff, and Volunteers of SOPAC, thank you so much for choosing our venue.

Mark e. packer

Sincerely,

Mark E. Packer
Executive Director







Dear Friends of SOPAC,

As Board Chair I have two important duties. The first is to thank all who make SOPAC such a wonderful place to enjoy the arts. Let me start with you, our patrons. Your presence in our intimate space is vital and inspiring.

I also want to thank the many volunteers whose friendly smile, “welcome to SOPAC,” and offer to help always brighten my day. 

My heartfelt appreciation goes to Executive Director Mark Packer and the entire SOPAC staff. They are responsible for the wonderful performances and exhibits in this beautiful building. Moreover, they have expanded our arts education programs, organized “Playin’ Around South Orange,” and led other community-centered events, expanding SOPAC’s value beyond the walls of our building.

Finally, I thank SOPAC’s partner organizations who help expand our artistic offerings and all those who, through their financial support, make possible the diversity and depth of our programming. I especially want to recognize the Trustees of South Orange Village, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and Seton Hall University, as well as those individuals, businesses, and institutions listed in this program.

My second duty is to ask you to support SOPAC. Consider sharing your time and talent as a volunteer or as a member of one of our outreach committees. Interested? Contact AnnMarie Gervasio at annmarie@SOPACnow.org for more information.

Please also offer your financial support. Ticket revenue covers only half our costs.  We rely heavily on patron contributions: memberships, gifts to our annual fund, and program sponsorships. SOPAC members receive many “perks” including pre-notice of shows and discounts on tickets.

Anthony leitner

Sincerely,

Tony Leitner
Chairman, Board of Governors