Opening its doors in 2006, SOPAC quickly became a regional destination for experiencing world-class music, theatre, dance, comedy, and visual art in a modern, yet intimate space. SOPAC’s stunning 3-story glass-enclosed atrium and expansive façade is the welcoming symbol that was envisioned by community leaders more than a decade ago.
The 439-seat mainstage theatre and 2,170 square-foot urban-style loft are used year-round for performances, rehearsals, classes, and more. Singer-songwriters, Jazz and Blues artists, dancers, actors and other artists appreciate the boutique atmosphere that encourages conversations with audiences.
The mainstage is a unique space, with superb acoustics, comfortable seating, and excellent site lines. Audiences often compare the experience of being at SOPAC to hearing and seeing their favorite artist in their own living room.
Jazz in the Loft and Blues in the Loft are presented by SOPAC, the Village of South Orange and the Baird. The two series of performances showcase extraordinary musicians who live and work in the region. It is a diverse and exciting place to be – where communities and artists thrive together.
The Herb & Milly Iris Gallery showcases regional visual artists in the second and third floor lobbies of the building.
SOPAC is home to Seton Hall University Arts Council performances, including a Classical Concert Series, Jazz ‘n the Hall performances, Seton Hall University Theatre productions and also showcase performances by the Seton Hall University Choir and Orchestra.
Our Dance Company in Residence, Lydia Johnson Dance, adds to the community of artists that call SOPAC home.
Please join us at SOPAC as a member of our audience, a volunteer, a member, or a sponsor. Become part of the excitement of South Orange Performing Arts Center-where arts and community converge.