MISSION & HISTORY

Founded in 2001, ASTORIA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (APAC),  is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to engaging the residents of Western Queens and the Greater New York City area in contemporary cultural and social issues through live performance, arts education, and community participation. 

On its mainstage, APAC produces premiere plays and musicals while also developing new works through readings and workshops. APAC offers a variety of free annual community programs, including a summer performance camp for children ages 8-13, an after-school playwriting program for middle-school students, and performance programs for Queens residents ages 60 and over. These programs enhance our tie 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  draws from the other boroughs and beyond.

APAC’s performing venue is conveniently located in Long Island City at 44-02 23rd Street just off the Court Square station. Administrative offices are located within the historic Kaufman Astoria Studios.

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