NBPAC will allow students to mix with professional artists in "a very cool environment"

Construction continues on the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NBPAC), which is scheduled to open next summer on Livingston Avenue in Downtown New Brunswick.

The Mason Gross School of the Arts is a 28 percent owner in the nearly $172 million project, an investment that George B. Stauffer, dean of the school, says will allow Rutgers University to develop a new, and highly in-demand, musical theater degree, as well as better performance and gallery spaces for its existing dance, opera, jazz, music, theater and visual arts programs.

The project also will encourage collaboration between students and professional companies while contributing to the growth and stabilization of arts in the city, he added.

“This is one of the largest arts projects in New Jersey since the creation of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark,” Stauffer said. “It’s quite an undertaking — one in which three regional companies and a university are sitting at the same table to encourage and allow students to mix with professional artists in a very cool environment.”

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Posted May 2018.