Mission and History

“Adventurous theater in Astoria.” – The New York Times

ASTORIA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (APAC), The Astoria Performing Arts Center, Inc. (APAC), a not-for-profit organization, was founded in 2001 by Sue Scannell (Founding Executive Director, 2001-2005) and Brian J. Swasey (Founding Artistic Director, 2001-2008) and is now led by Artistic Director Dev Bondarin. APAC’s mission is to bring high quality theater to Astoria, Queens, and to support local youth and senior citizens.

On its mainstage, APAC produces revivals and premieres of plays and musicals, and APAC also develops new works through readings and workshops. Its flexible theater space changes with each production. To date, APAC has received 28 New York Innovative Theatre Award nominations and 6 wins (Allegro, Children of Eden, and Ragtime), as well as an Off-Off Broadway Theatre Review Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical (Is There Life After High School?). APAC was the recipient of the 2012 Caffe Cino Fellowship Award, under the leadership of Taryn Sacramone (APAC Executive Director, 2005-2013) and Tom Wojtunik (APAC Artistic Director, 2008-2014).

APAC offers free annual community programs, including a summer performance camp for children ages 8-13, an after school playwriting program for middle school students, and a performance program for Queens residents over the age of 60. These programs deepen ties with the community, and develop new audiences for theater. Diverse programming and consistent quality attracts a loyal and growing audience that reflects the diversity of Western Queens and also draws from the other boroughs and beyond.

In addition to its theater space within the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, APAC’s offices are located within the historic Kaufman Astoria Studios.

There’s Art for You in Astoria (TDF Stages: A Theatre Magazine)

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  1. […] of amateurism or insanity, but Wojtunik has fashioned himself an ambassador of fearless pluck, catapulting APAC to the front ranks of Off-Off-Broadway groups and doing his part to put Astoria on the map as a cultural […]

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Cast

Alex Akin, Ally Bonino, Joseph Bowen*, LilyAnn Carlson*, Joanna Carpenter, Christopher Darrin, Audrey Heffernan Meyer*, Luke Hoback*, Greg Horton*, Kevin Ray Johnson, Jack Mosbacher*, Jay Paranada*, Nicholas Park*, Jason Pintar, Rachel Rhodes-Devey*, Anne Wechsler, Matt Welsh

Band

Ming Aldrich-Gan, Karen Dryer, Stephen Calkins, Daniel Wendelken, Mary Rodriguez

Production Staff

Director: Dev Bondarin
Choreographer:Misha Shields
Musical Direction:Ming Aldrich-Gan
Set Design: Andrea Nice
Costume Design: Jennifer Jacob
Lighting Design: Jesse Sheldon
Sound Design: Arielle Edwards
Props Design: Katie White
Casting Director: Michael Cassara, CSA
Casting Assistant: Jamie Anderson
Technical Director: Ashanti Ziths
Press Agent: Katie Rosin/Kampfire PR
Production Stage Manager: Kathryn Meister
Associate Costume Designer: Courtney Irizarry
1st Assistant Stage Manager: Scott Pulvirent
2nd ASM/Wardrobe Sup.: London Griffith
Spot Operator: Jenny Lando
Spot Operator: Donna Bungo
Graphic Design: Jaime Vallés
Production Photographer: Michael Dekker
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