Welcome, thank you for visiting the South Orange Performing Arts Center’s website and for reading all about our venue. SOPAC is an accessible boutique regional arts center located in the heart of downtown South Orange, just steps from the NJ Transit South Orange train station. What you will encounter when you visit SOPAC is a dedicated, enthusiastic staff and corps of volunteers who are committed to making your experience warm, pleasant, entertaining, relaxing, and uplifting.

SOPAC opened its doors in 2006 and quickly became a regional destination for experiencing live performing arts in a modern, yet intimate space. Our 439-seat mainstage theatre has superb acoustics, sight lines, and seating. Audiences remark that attending a performance in this space is like hearing world-class artists in their own living room. Artists acknowledge that the atmosphere encourages conversations with audiences.

Above the mainstage, SOPAC has a 2,170 square-foot urban-style Loft, which is used for performances, rehearsals, classes, and other special events. SOPAC’s “In the Loft” series includes cabaret-style Jazz and Blues performances as well as educational La Cinémathèque Film Club screenings. We also rent this gorgeous space 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 gallery features the work of local and regional visual artists in addition to an annual juried showcase entitled INSPIRED MINDS celebrating the work of young artists in the region.

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. 

We know you have many choices to experience the arts in North Jersey, and we are grateful that you are choosing SOPAC as your destination for the arts. We look forward to welcoming you to our events soon!

Performance Partners

shu-comm-arts-lockup-4c-blue-greyThe Seton Hall University Arts Council presents a diverse range of events at SOPAC featuring seasoned professionals as well as students and faculty. 


Juliard1 partnersThe Juilliard School of Music partners with SOPAC to present an educational series featuring rising stars from the acclaimed conservatory. Juilliard @ SOPAC is supported in part by Samuel Convissor.


American Theater Group, a professional member theatre of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, is SOPAC’s theatre company in-residence.

The company, headed by Producing Artistic Director James Vagias, began presenting staged readings in the SOPAC Loft in 2017. In our 2017-2018 season, American Theater Group will produce at least two fully-staged productions on the SOPAC mainstage.