Our 14/15 Season Year In Review!

June 19 2015

Our 20th anniversary season has come to a close. To all of our members, supporters and patrons, thank you for making our 20th anniversary season a memorable year.  Thanks to you, MPAC continues to be one of the most successful non-profit arts organizations in New Jersey, and we look forward to serving you again over the summer and during our 15-16 season.

Here are some highlights of the past year.


  • We had over 200 events on our stage, including headliners, emerging artists, school events and more.
  • Over 200,000 people were served by MPAC programs, including ticketed events, outreach activities and education programs.
  • Opening Night featured a performance by Brian Stokes Mitchell and Kelli O’Hara (who would go on to win a Tony in 2015).
  • Over 70 performances sold out.  Memorable performances included Steely Dan, John Fogerty, Alanis Morissette, Dancing with the Stars and Beauty and the Beast.
  • The Nutcracker drew over 12,000 people across 14 performances during the holiday season.
  • MPAC drew audiences from all 21 NJ counties, as well as New York, Pennsylvania and other surrounding states (even a few from Europe and Australia!).
  • Our economic impact on the region was over $15 million.

20th Anniversary Celebration

  • A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 29, 2014 – 20 years to the day the Theatre reopened – celebrated the completion of interior lobby renovations.
  • Broadway composer Keith Hermann created an original song about our 20th anniversary, “It Feels Like Home,” performed by the Performing Arts Company
  • Valery Gergiev returned to MPAC for the first time since Sept. 29, 1994 for our 20th anniversary concert on January 30, 2015. A pre-concert celebration honored our original founders.

Membership and Fundraising

  • The 2014 Starlight Ball Gala honored John and Margaret Post and Drinker Biddle and drew over 350 attendees
  • Overall membership climbed 20%, and Starlight Society reached a new high in membership
  • The Legacy Society, a planned giving program, was introduced
  • MPAC was an active participant in Giving Tuesday for the first time.


  • The Education’s Spring Musical Les Miserables, with a cast of 65, was performed to over 3,500 people over four performances, and was a rousing critical and popular success.
  • Over 660 students participated in PAS programs
  • The Performing Arts Company performed at over 30 events.
  • Over 90 students were honored as Music Students of the Month
  • The “PAS on the Road” Paterson School program expanded to over 40 students in 2015
  • MPAC and the Morris School Districted completed a three-year residency program
  • Over $7,000 was provided in PAS scholarships
  • MPAC served as Region 4 host to the statewide Poetry Out Loud competition

Visual Arts and Outreach

  • Over 200 New Jersey-based visual artists had their works displayed in our two galleries
  • In partnership with Morris Arts, the free Music Beyond Borders program returned to the Morristown Green with four free performances.
  • First ever Community Day event featured live performances on the MPAC plaza and an open house on the day of the Morristown Festival on the Green.
  • MPAC continued to offer the Theatre at low cost to non-profit partners such as New Jersey Ballet, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Morristown Festival of Books, First Night Morris County and Morris Education Foundation’s Morristown’s Got Talent.
  • Retained title of Major Presenting Organization by New Jersey State Council on the Arts

We hope that 2015-2016 will bring just as many incredible experiences to our patrons.

Our Mission

Mayo Performing Arts Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, presents a wide range of programs that entertain, enrich, and educate the diverse population of the region and enhance the economic vitality of Northern New Jersey.

MPAC is grateful to the following donors whose major support sustains the general operating needs of our organization:

Discover Jersey Arts NJ State Council on the Arts
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