SOPAC is proud to be part of the South Orange-Maplewood community and to be supported by the arts-centric Township of South Orange Village as well as the nonprofit management entity of the village’s Special Improvement District, the South Orange Village Center Alliance (SOVCA).
SOPAC is an accessible cultural destination located in the heart of downtown South Orange that presents world-class artists in an intimate and welcoming environment.
The mission of SOPAC is to enrich individual lives, and to engage and serve the community in South Orange and beyond, through arts experiences that inspire and transform.
The Jennifer & Tony Leitner Performance Hall is a 439-seat mainstage theatre with superb acoustics, sight lines and seating. Audiences remark that attending a performance in this space is like hearing their favorite artists right in their own living room. Artists acknowledge that the atmosphere encourages conversations with audiences. Above the mainstage theatre is a 2,170 square-foot urban-style Loft, which is used for performances, rehearsals, classes and special events. The unique architecture of our building, which includes a stunning 3-story glass-enclosed atrium, houses The Herb + Milly Iris Gallery.
The SOPAC facility is shared with a 5-theater movie house managed by Bow-Tie Cinemas.
Education & Community
SOPAC is invested in arts education as well as community engagement. In addition to arts residencies and a school performance series, The Herb + Milly Iris Gallery hosts an annual juried showcase entitled INSPIRED MINDS, celebrating the work of young artists in the region.
The Seton Hall University Arts Council presents a diverse range of events at SOPAC featuring seasoned professionals as well as students and faculty. Juilliard @ SOPAC is a performance series featuring rising stars from the acclaimed conservatory, The Juilliard School.
SOPACnow is an annual newsletter summarizing the past season’s performances, education programs, community projects, fundraising efforts and awards. Click here to flip through the Spring 2019 SOPACnow.
South Orange Village Trustees, in partnership with Seton Hall University, envisioned SOPAC as the center of an ambitious redevelopment plan for South Orange. Nearly ten years in the making, SOPAC finally opened its doors in 2006. Through visionary leadership and an unwavering commitment, SOPAC has become a cultural centerpiece for the region, an economic driver for the community and a catalyst for artistic opportunity.
SOPAC’s spectacular sound design left the material nearly sumptuous.
Rolling Stone Magazine
I have been to hundreds of venues…from the moment we walked in last night, it was so comfortable, such great views, small and intimate, no separation between artist, stage and the listeners, like you were right on stage with the artist!