A Message from APAC’s Artistic Director, Dev Bondarin
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A Message from APAC’s Artistic Director, Dev Bondarin

As we near the year’s end, APAC Artistic Director Dev Bondarin reflects on the past year’s successes, and explains how you (yes, you!) can help us continue our mission to bringing great theatre to the Astoria community and beyond.



Clockwise, from left: Senior Stars 2016; Evensong; Summer Stars 2016; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

2016 has been one for the record books for APAC!

The strength of our wonderfully diverse programming is made possible by our community of supporters. This month, we are trying to reach our year-end fundraising goal of $2,000, and your help is crucial for us to sustain our work.

But you don’t have to just take my word for it.

In 2016:

  • Our Playmaking program at I.S. 10 taught a new crop of middle schoolers how to write a play. Kimberley Reyes said she liked Playmaking because “I get to express emotions that I have been holding onto for a long time.”
  • Our Senior Stars musical revue featured show tunes, comedy, and a tremendous rendition of “Heartbreak Hotel.” When asked what she values most about Senior Stars, ninety-year-old Edna Robinson cited the professionalism of the program and said, “If my body is willing, I will be back next year!”
  • 32 budding performers appeared in the original Summer Stars show Century Train which took us on a time traveling subway to 1916 to teach about child labor through song and a student-written rap. Valentina Kaiassas reported that Summer Stars was “the best two weeks of my life!”

On our mainstage, we workshopped Astoria Stories in the winter which consisted of nine new, short plays centered on Astoria locations. The spring brought a revival of William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin’s hilarious and touching The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Finally, three weeks ago, we closed the world premiere of Evensong. Written by Christina Quintana, this play depicted a story about the working homeless and shared humanity in New York City. In response to Evensong and the work she has seen at APAC, critic Lisa Huberman said, “I always emerge from an APAC production with a more expansive, textured view of the world than I had when I entered.”

This is why we do what we do, especially now.

Every facet of our programming is uniquely important to our mission and individual donations help to make each one possible. Now more than ever, we need theater to affect the culture and inspire us. As we strive to continue to provide a home to artists, participants in our community programs, and audience members alike, we ask for your support.

You can make a tax-deductible donation to APAC online here or mail a check payable to “Astoria Performing Arts Center” to:


34-12 36th Street

Suite 1-232

Astoria, NY 11106.

If you’d like to support our mission throughout the year, you can now make a recurring donation here and become a Sustaining Member of APAC. Sustaining members that donate $10 or more per month will receive an APAC tote bag, so that you can take a little piece of APAC with you wherever you go!

Thank you for your continued support.  Happy holidays, and here’s to a joyous new year!

Dev Bondarin
Artistic Director

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