MISSION & HISTORY
ASTORIA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (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 and Executive Director Jeff Griffin. APAC’s mission is to bring high quality theater to Astoria, Queens and New York City, 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 66 New York Innovative Theatre Award nominations and 16 wins (including four for Outstanding Musical Production for Merrily We Roll Along, Allegro, Children of Eden, and Raisin), as well as an Off-Off Broadway Theatre Review Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical (Is There Life After High School?). APAC has also earned 9 AUDELCO Viv Award nominations and two wins (including Best Revival of a Musical for Caroline, or Change). APAC was also the recipient of the 2012 Caffe Cino Fellowship Award from the New York Innovative Theater Award Foundation.
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 two performance programs for Queens residents ages 60 and over. 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.
APAC’s offices are located within the historic Kaufman Astoria Studios.