• Congratulations to APA Senior
    Claire Shubeck

    Claire was chosen for the
    NJ Governor Arts Award in Dance for 2019

    In addition Claire was awarded an
    Honorable Mention for the 2019 NDEO Artistic Merit, Leadership, and Academic Achievement Award

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    The National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) is pleased to announce that Claire Shubeck has been selected by the National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA) adjudication committee as an Honorable Mention for the 2019 NDEO Artistic Merit, Leadership, and Academic Achievement Award.

    This is one of the highest honors a young person can achieve at the national level in the dance arts field. This award is evidence that Claire has excelled in three categories:

    ·         Artistic Merit: The candidate demonstrates technical and artistic excellence in dance as evidenced by performing original choreography and submitting an essay describing the intent, inspiration, and challenges of their choreography.

    ·         Leadership: The candidate demonstrates outstanding leadership in and outside the field of dance at the school, community, state, and/or national level as evidenced by a strong resume, recommendation letter, and impact of dance essay

    ·         Academic Achievement: The candidate demonstrates academic excellence with a high cumulative grade point average and superior writing skills found in both submitted essays.

    In addition, NDEO recognizes APA's NHSDA Chapter Sponsor, Kathleen Gavin, for outstanding teaching, leadership, and guidance shown to Claire and fellow students.

    APA competed at the Annual Governor’s Award in Arts Theater through the Speech and Theatre Association of New Jersey. 

    CONGRATULATIONS!STANJ winners Jan 19 photo 1

    Taking 1st place in dramatic pairs: Vincent M. and Tatiana Dominguez!

     STANJ winners photo 2

    Taking 4th place in dramatic pairs: Alexia Pereyra and Julianna Domiciano!



    Kaitlyn Howard

    Kaitlyn, an APA graduate - class of 2016, worked on a film during the summer of her junior year at APA, titled
    Madeline’s Madeline.

    The film has been nominated for a
    Sundance Film Award!


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  • Union County Academy for Performing Arts
     is proud to be among the 15 high schools
    in Union County receiving the new
     UC Night at the Theatre Grant

    UC Night at the Theatre
    is a new grant program sponsored by the
    Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders
    as a part of Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados’s “Moving UNION COUNTY Forward” initiatives.

    For more information about the new “UC Night at the Theatre” grant program, please visit:

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  • The Academy for Performing Arts named 2016 National Blue Ribbon School

    The Academy for Performing Arts is one among 279 public and 50 private schools receiving this honor.  Kelly Douglas-Jackson and Sue Anne Marcello represented the Academy for Performing Arts at the two-day awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., to celebrate their hard-won achievements.

    For more information about the National Blue Ribbon Schools program, please visit http://nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov/

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  • Our Mission Statement

    The Academy for Performing Arts is an innovative four year high school, immersing students in honors’ level academics while training in a pre-professional artistic setting within majors such as theatre, dance, or technical theatre.  The Academy fosters the discipline, integrity and passion necessary for students to succeed at the post-secondary level and as members of the performing arts community. The culmination of the program allows the students to complete their senior year by taking college-level courses and receiving college credit at Kean University.

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