NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.: The New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NBPAC), opened its new state-of-the-art performing arts center on Sept. 4. The $172 million complex is fully ADA accessible and features two proscenium-style theatres, five rehearsal studios, a spacious lobby, and a donor lounge.
“The New Brunswick Performing Arts Center will bring even more patrons to the city to enjoy our cultural and entertainment offerings, dine at our top-rated restaurants, and enjoy our hospitality and nightlife, all while generating revenue to keep our mission of community revitalization moving forward,” said New Brunswick Mayor Jim Cahill in a statement. “All of our world-class performing arts entities will continue to thrive, reinforcing both the city’s and county’s standing as the premier cultural district in New Jersey.”
The arts center’s member companies include the George Street Playhouse, Crossroads Theatre Company, American Repertory Ballet, and Mason Gross School of Arts at Rutgers University. NBPAC’s inaugural season opens with Crossroads Theatre Company’s Paul Robeson (Sept. 5-15).
In addition to the performing arts spaces, the NBPAC project features 207 residential rental apartments, including both market rate and luxury units. NBPAC partnered with the Actors Fund to market the affordable units to graphic artists, actors, musicians, dancers, and theatre support personnel. The complex features a 344-space parking garage for New Brunswick residents, staff, and patrons. There is also 30,000 feet of office space for arts organizations and potential private sector groups located above the theatre complex.
“The City of New Brunswick has been the right place for a venue of this caliber for decades,” said Christopher J. Paladino, president of New Brunswick Development Corporation, in a statement. “With over one million people in the New Brunswick area seeking a diverse arts environment—NBPAC is certain to transform the region’s cultural arts landscape for the next generation. This building symbolizes the next step in the revitalization of New Brunswick, further distinguishing it as one of America’s great cities.”