Category Archives: Essex County

Alvin Ailey Dancers Performed on ABC’s “Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America.”

The Alvin Ailey Dancers were among the many World-renowned dignitaries, athletes and artists from around the globe who came together last night for ABC’s Television Network’s celebration of the unveiling of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture called “Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America.”  Three Alvin Ailey dancers performed “Wade in the Water” section from Alvin Ailey’s must-see American masterpiece Revelations. 

New Jersey Performance Arts Center (NJPAC) is honored to present the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater annual Mother’s Day weekend performances starting on May 12- 14, 2017.

Alvin Ailey is America’s premier modern dance company, known for its vibrant fusion of modern dance, ballet and more. The company grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at New York City’s 92nd Street Y. Led by Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American modern dancers, that performance changed forever the perception of American dance.

Elegant, electrifying and marvelously athletic, this always dazzling company returns with programs that include some of its newest works as well as classics like Revelations, Alvin Ailey’s undisputed masterpiece.

Revelations, set to African-American spirituals, song-sermons, gospel songs and holy blues, has become a cultural treasure, beloved by generations of fans. “Revelations is one of the great works of the human spirit,” The New York Times writes. “The aspects of humanity it demonstrates — sincerity, idealism, ecstasy, among others — build up to a powerful moral statement that audiences love.” May 12-14, 2017 at Prudential Hall. Reserve tickets now at or 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722)

Emmy-Winning Comedian, Author and Political Commentator BILL MAHER –Tickets on Sale 12/9

Metropolitan Entertainment and New Jersey Performing Arts Center welcome the return of comedian Bill Maher to NJPAC’s Prudential Hall on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 7:30pm.  Maher’s previous performances at NJPAC have always sold out quickly as audiences know he delivers intelligent and hilarious commentary on important issues of the day including current political activities.  Continue reading Emmy-Winning Comedian, Author and Political Commentator BILL MAHER –Tickets on Sale 12/9

“The Hip Hop Nutcracker” Is The “Must See” Family Holiday Tradition This Season

No TuTu’s or toe shoes needed for The Hip Hop Nutcracker. On Saturday, December 3 the show returns to the United Palace (4140 Broadway at 175th Street, NY, NY) with two performances, before moving on for a December 17 performance at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (1 Center Street) in Newark, NJ.
Continue reading “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” Is The “Must See” Family Holiday Tradition This Season

Millburn High School Pays to Settle Bullying Case

In an unprecedented action, the Millburn School District, Millburn, N.J., agreed to pay Omari George, a 2014 graduate of Millburn High School, $435,000 to settle his lawsuit in which he claimed he was a long term victim of bullying.

The George lawsuit alleged that, though the multiple acts of bullying were reported to school officials, those claims were ignored and that the school officials failed to take action to address the physical and emotional bullying. Continue reading Millburn High School Pays to Settle Bullying Case


If laughter is the best medicine, then The Second City is its biggest dispensary. The comedy empire that produced Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Keegan-Michael Key believes everyone can benefit from funny business, and shows how during The Second City Comedy Workshops at New Jersey Performing Arts Center, August 1-12. Continue reading THE SECOND CITY RETURNS TO ITS “SUMMER HOME” AT NJPAC!

Newark Stories: Four Newarkers Who Made a Difference

As part of the Newark Museum’s commemoration of Newark’s 350th anniversary, a new exhibition will showcase the stories of four Newarkers who were key benefactors of the Museum: Lida Clanton Broner, Caroline Bamberger Fuld, Howard W. Hayes and W. Clark Symington. Newark Stories: Four Newarkers Who Made a Difference opens on June 18 and runs through January 8, 2017. Continue reading Newark Stories: Four Newarkers Who Made a Difference


Everyone loves a parade and the sounds of a Pipe and Drum band, especially when it includes shiny fire trucks with sirens blasting. But that’s only part of the family festivities planned for the 49th Annual Fireman’s Muster on Sunday, June 5 from 11 am to 3:30 pm, at the Newark Museum and across the street in Washington Park.  Continue reading 49th ANNUAL NEWARK FIREMAN’S FAIR & MUSTER, SUNDAY, JUNE 5

Modern Heroics: 75 Years of African-American Expressionism at the Newark Museum

Building on the Museum’s historic role as a leader in collecting and exhibiting African-American art, a new exhibition at the Newark Museum will present a distinguished group of works by leading modern and contemporary artists. Modern Heroics: 75 Years of African-American Expressionism at the Newark Museum explores expressive painting and heroic themes through 34 works of painting and sculpture. Covering a broad span from the 1940s to the present, the exhibition is organized almost entirely from the Museum’s permanent collection of American Art, with a few additional works loaned by artists and private collectors in New Jersey. Continue reading Modern Heroics: 75 Years of African-American Expressionism at the Newark Museum


Middle school and high school students in search of their inner artist don’t have to look any further than NJPAC when their classes adjourn. Creative minds are at work to make 2016’s Summer Programs at NJPAC an unforgettable experience for young people involved in the performing arts.

Many of the country’s most recognized performers in their fields are back to lead these popular, immersive sessions in acting, dance, jazz, hip-hop, musical theater, dance and comedy. Seasoned pros of Chicago’s famed Second City will return to coach students in improv comedy, while building teamwork skills in the process. Jazz piano great Geri Allen will again head a faculty of ace musicians for the All-Female Jazz Residency, this year at Rutgers University in Newark in partnership with its Institute of Jazz Studies.

Participants often describe their experiences in terms of having fun, while receiving a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study with the masters.

“While learning the ins and outs of their chosen pursuit, our teens use the arts to express their creativity and their most authentic voice,” says Alison Scott-Williams, Vice President of Arts Education at NJPAC. “Through this exploration, they make new friends, inspire others to share their art, and have a great time.”

Summer Programs at NJPAC includes:
All-Female Jazz Residency
July 10-16, 2016
In collaboration with the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers-Newark, NJPAC’s All-Female Jazz Residency offers a weeklong, one-of-a-kind opportunity for young women, ages 14-25, to study jazz. This residential camp, with students coming from across the country, presents a unique blend of instruction and mentorship as students are taught improvisation, musicianship, jazz theory and more. Geri Allen, celebrated Grammy-nominated pianist, is the program’s artistic director and leads a stellar faculty including Ellen Rowe, piano and composition; Linda Oh, bass; Ingrid Jensen, trumpet; Bruce Williams and Tia Fuller, saxophones; Connaitre Miller, voice; Jeff “Tain” Watts, drums; and Stefon Harris, vibraphone. A final student showcase will take place along with field trips to jazz monuments and institutions. Auditions are not required.

Hip-Hop Intensive
June 27-July 8, 2016
Students ages 10-16 have the opportunity to study at NJPAC’s Hip Hop Intensive with recording artist and U.S. State Department Cultural Ambassador Sheikia Norris, aka “Purple Haze.” As Artistic Director, Norris will lead students in the art of hip hop, including MCing, DJing, graffiti, breakdancing, beat boxing, spoken word, and sound engineering. This hands on workshop will allow participants to come away with an understanding of how hip hop has become such a large force in modern American culture. A final showcase will take place at NJPAC.

The Young Artist Summer Intensive
June 27-July 29, 2016 (Advance Division)
July 11-August 5, 2016 (Apprentice Plus Division, Session One)
July 25-August 5, 2016 (Apprentice Plus Division, Session Two)
The Young Artist Summer Intensive (YASI) develops the student’s skills in acting, dance, musical theater and vocal performance in a professional setting. The program is taught by professional artists in two divisions. The Apprentice division is for beginning and intermediate students ages 10-16, and will provide students with a cross-genre, two-week overview of the performing arts. The Advance division, for students ages 12-18, is an immersive five-week performing arts workshop. Students are accepted by auditions, and are offered the opportunity to focus on a single discipline (acting, dance, vocal performance, musical theater, and enrichment classes) for the length of the program.  The final showcase takes place at NJPAC.
A completed registration is required to audition. The deadline to register is June 1.

The Second City at NJPAC
August 1-12, 2016: Teen Improv and Sketch Comedy Workshop
August 8-12, 2016: Adult Improv and Comedy Writing Immersion
August 8-12, 2016: From the Inside Out
NJPAC is excited to continue its collaboration with The Second City this summer to bring programs in improvisation and comedy to teens and adults alike. Teens will develop skills in creative thinking, self-confidence, team building, empathy and communication while adults can explore improvisation and writing.

From the Inside Out is a groundbreaking program for teens diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome  and/or autism. Teens, ages 14-18, will take class in improvisation that will explore relationships and social cues focusing on ensemble and team building. Taught by a team of teachers, all with special needs certification, the students will learn skills such as accessing emotions and storytelling in a safe and fun environment where they can explore and challenge themselves. The students are given the chance to break through barriers that block creativity and socialization.

The Second City is a world renowned comedy enterprise that has been based in Chicago since 1959. The Second City helped launch the careers of stars such as Tina Fey, Steve Carrell, Jimmy Fallon and Mike Myers.

NJPAC Arts Education programs are made possible by the generosity of: Merck Foundation, ADP, Women’s Association of NJPAC, McCarter Foundation, Inc., care of Margrit McCrane, The Victoria Foundation, PSEG Foundation, Wells Fargo, BD, United Airlines and New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

For more information about Summer at NJPAC visit, email or call 973.353.7058.

NJPAC’s Arts Education offerings reach more than 75,000 students and families through live performances, in-school residency programs and arts training classes. These programs bring the joy of dance, music, theater, and poetry directly to the classroom. Through innovative residencies, Teaching Artists create stimulating performing arts experiences that engage students’ imaginations and build self-confidence through positive self-expression. Our residencies help students learn to work together and develop their creative independence.

In addition to NJPAC’s innovative In-School Programs, the Arts Center’s comprehensive Arts Education Department offers an Arts Training Program that helps students at every level learn the artistic and technical skills they need to study acting, dance, instrumental music, vocal music, and musical theater. NJPAC also presents ASchoolTime performance series, which introduces students and their families to a world of entertainment and culture. NJPAC’s Arts Education programs feature professional artists from a wide variety of traditions and performances of music, dance, storytelling, puppetry, and more. To learn more about
Arts Education at NJPAC, please visit

One Center Street
Newark, New Jersey 07102 or 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722)