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A New Stage: New Brunswick Performing Arts Center

Mason Gross begins performances at the 72,000-square-foot NBPAC

On September 4, the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NBPAC) opened its doors with a private gala that included over 450 invited guests, including New Brunswick mayor Jim Cahill and Rutgers University president Robert Barchi. The evening featured performances by the center’s four member organizations—American Repertory Ballet, Crossroads Theatre Company, George Street Playhouse, and Mason Gross School of the Arts—in the 463-seat Elizabeth Ross Johnson Theater. Mason Gross Dance alumni Nina Guevara, Kristina Kong, Sawyer Newsome, Amelia Sagrabb, and Isabella Vergara and students Jeeseon Chung, Kristen Fry, José Lapaz-Rodriguez, and Charles Milliken took the stage to perform Heaven on One’s Head, choreographed by faculty member Pam Tanowitz. Mason Gross presents seven events this fall at NBPAC— for the full listing, visit masongross.rutgers.edu/calendar.

Crossroads Theatre Company treasurer John Hinds (from left), Crossroads artistic director, Mason Gross theater faculty, and Rutgers College alum Marshall Jones III, Associate Dean for Advancement Linda Christian, and Interim Dean Gerry Beegan
Photo by Keith Muccilli
Mayor James M. Cahill greeting visitors outside.
Photo by Keith Muccilli
Mason Gross dance students and alumni in their opening performance.
Photo by Keith Muccilli