The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC

Basic Information

Address: 30 North Van Brunt Street Englewood, NJ 07631
Phone Number: 201-482-8194 x71
Fax Number: 201-482-8391
Director: Alex Diaz, Creative Director & Becky Hinkle, Managing Director

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Additional Information

Days and Hours: 9am to 9pm, Seven days a week

Located at One Depot Square in downtown Englewood (NJ), formerly the Grammy® Award winning Bennett Studios, The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC is northern New Jersey's premier arts education program. Offering classes in a variety of performing arts disciplines and opportunities to participate in live performances, the school provides students of all ages and backgrounds with arts experiences that stimulate learning and spark creativity and imagination. This program was developed for young people ages 3 months to 21 years old, and since its inception has reached thousands of children.

Grade Levels:
Group Type: Tri-State Area Public, Private & Charter Schools
Disabled Access:

bergenPAC offers barrier-free access for patrons using wheelchairs, walkers or other mobility devices. All seats on bergenPAC's orchestra level can be reached without the use of stairs.

A limited number of wheelchairs and raised arm seats are available, and must be reserved when purchasing your ticket through the Box Office. Contact the Box Office directly for more information at (201) 227-1030.

Program Type:

bergenPAC is now offering a School Time Series for students and teachers to come and enjoy shows at bergenPAC during the school day. Like any field trip, we want the students to have fun and interact with the performances. This is why we have chosen a line up this year that is sure to please!

2/2 – Goodnight Moon
2/15 – Peking Acrobats
2/28 – I Have a Dream
3/13 – Dr. Kaboom
4/11 – Black Violin
4/16 – Three Little Pigs
4/30 – Mariachi Band
5/15 – Are You My Mother
Admission/Tickets: Please call for availability and pricing
Registration: Please email to reserve tickets.
Food: Pizza parties are available upon request for an additional fee.
Length of Visit: One to three hours
Group Requirements: Advance purchase and registration confirmation.
Return Policy: Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable.
Amenities: Bathrooms and drinking fountains are located on the first floor right outside the entrance to the theater.
Reservations Needed: Yes
  • 95 North (Local) toward GWB to Exit 70-A (Leonia).
  • Proceed off the exit ramp to the second traffic light.
  • Make a left onto Grand Ave.
  • Take Grand Ave. 2.2 miles to Palisade Ave.
  • Make a left onto Palisade Ave.
  • Make right after the railroad tracks onto North Van Brunt Street.
  • bergenPAC is on the left.
Philosophy/Belief Statement: Welcome to bergenPAC - Your Home for Arts and Education

The Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC) is northern New Jersey's busiest not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) performing arts center - a home to hundreds of world class performances at affordable prices reaching audiences of over 150,000 each year. The bergenPAC embraces the spectrum of the arts from Rock to Classical to Dance to Comedy, with more than 200 events each year, the arts are well represented. However, the soul of bergenPAC can best be seen in our efforts to provide a home for innovative arts and educational programs that reach out to thousands of families via our Performing Arts School.

Facility History: History

In the fall of 2004, the 1,367 seat Bergen Performing Arts Center reopened the doors of the former John Harms Center, long considered one of the leading cultural institutions in North Jersey. Founded on April 30, 2003, a small group of dedicated individuals led by Frank Huttle III, were determined to preserve this special theater that had brought some of the world's finest performing artists "right next door" for so many years.

The theater originally opened as the Englewood Plaza movie theater on November 22, 1926. United Artists purchased the building in 1967 and kept the doors open through 1973, when it closed. Through the efforts of a group of local citizens under the leadership of John Harms, the John Harms Center came to life on October 10, 1976 with the performance of the Russian pianist, Lazar Berman.

John Harms (1906-1981) an organist and teacher, began his career as an impresario in 1941, arranging concert appearances in North Jersey of many famous and lesser-known artists. A one-man operation, he selected and booked performers, rented the performance space, wrote press releases, and personally telephoned or corralled over 1,200 contacts. His dream of a concert hall of his own became a reality when The Plaza came on the market. In the 1990s, two major renovation projects turned the Plaza into a modern concert hall and media facility, while preserving the vintage acoustics that made it a unique sought-after performance and recording site. The John Harms Center was one of the largest performing arts centers in New Jersey and the largest arts center in northern New Jersey. Its closing on April 14, 2003 left a gaping hole in the area's cultural life.

Through the creativity and commitment of bergenPAC's founders, the doors of this historic institution were reopened, enhancing the spirit and tradition of its original founders. A new public/private partnership was formed that could coordinate and leverage the resources of community bodies such as the city, county and state, as well as private performing arts patrons and donors. Working together with its supporters, bergenPAC has built the framework to enhance the quality of life for cultural devotees, families, and the community at large seeking entertainment and inspiration close to home.

The Bergen Performing Arts Center became a recognized home for recordings through its partnership with the former Bennett Studios, a state-of-the-art recording studio with whom the theater was fiber-optically linked. Thus, this vintage acoustic hall became the home of a media production system that was unique and unparalleled. The former studio, at One Depot Square, now hosts bergenPAC's Performing Arts School providing students with unique and "hands-on" arts training by industry professionals that allow them to gain real world experience and enhance academic achievement through the arts as well as opportunities to perform on the theater's main stage and throughout the county. Programs extend to school districts and special needs for all ages, from infant to adult.

Thanks to the dedication of Frank Huttle and the many who have worked along side him, bergenPAC is now a leader in bringing world class cultural and educational opportunities to its community. bergenPAC works with its board, staff, volunteers and partners to ensure there is a world class Home for Arts and Education that is accessible and affordable to all.

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