About SOPAC

Welcome to SOPAC

The South Orange Performing Arts Center is proud to be part of the South Orange community and to be supported by the arts-centric Township of South Orange as well as the nonprofit management entity of our 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. We present world-class artists in an intimate and welcoming environment. What you will encounter when you visit is a dedicated, enthusiastic staff and corps of volunteers who are committed to making your experience an excellent one. 

SOPAC’s 439-seat mainstage theatre has 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 is a 2,170 square-foot urban-style Loft, which is used for performances, rehearsals, classes, and special events. This gorgeous space can be rented for parties, meetings and more. 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.  

Community & Education

SOPAC is invested in community engagement as well as educational programming. We count as our partners The Village of South Orange, the South Orange Village Center Alliance, the SOMA School District and other schools in the region. 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, supported in part by Samuel Convissor, is an educational performance series featuring rising stars from the acclaimed conservatory. American Theater Group, a professional member theatre of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, is SOPAC’s theatre company in-residence.

History 

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.