ASTORIA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 30-44 Crescent St., Astoria
Founded in 2001, this group produces theatrical productions in Astoria and supports local youths and senior citizens. APAC produces revivals and premieres of plays and musicals as well as develops new works through readings and workshops. The group also offers free community programs, including a summer performance camp for children, an after-school playwriting program for middle school students and a performance for seniors.
THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY THEATRE
5-49 49th Ave., Long Island City
The Chocolate Factory was founded with an emphasis on multi-disciplinary collaboration and new technology. The theater practices storytelling across a range of media, from movement to music to video. In choosing its more than 100 visiting artists each year, the Chocolate Factory similarly focuses on work that spans genres and employs innovative methodology.
FLUSHING TOWN HALL
137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing
(718) 463-7700, Ext. 222
While Flushing Town Hall, built in 1892, has gone through numerous transformations during its century-plus lifetime, it now serves as a thriving center for the visual and performing arts. Run by the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts, the facilities include a 308-seat concert hall and theater, gallery, classroom, offices, a garden that accommodates up to 250 people for outdoor events and a gift shop.
JAMAICA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
153-10 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica
The once vacant and forgotten First Reformed Dutch Church of Jamaica has been transformed into the Jamaica Performing Arts Center. Falling under the umbrella of the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, this space offers showcases for local, regional and national artists and performers. Everything from live music to dance, theater to puppetry takes place at JPAC, with shows geared towards adults and children.
27-16 23rd Ave., Astoria
Q.E.D. offers space for a variety of performances, including stand-up comedy, poetry slams, improv and storytelling, but the site also hosts arts and crafts classes, tastings, DIY projects, game nights, walking tours, gardening and a number of other activities. Q.E.D. is also available to rent for private events.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
14 United Nations Avenue South
The Queens Theatre’s history begins with the 1964 World’s Fair, where it was known as Theaterama, a structure designed alongside the Astro-View towers and the Tent of Tomorrow to comprise the New York State Pavilion. Today, it is one of the city’s premier stages, bringing economically and geographically accessible productions and artists—emerging and established, local and national—to the borough’s residents.
QUEENSBOROUGH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
Queensborough Community College
222-05 56th Ave., Bayside
The Queensborough Performing Arts Center aims to make high-quality, world-class entertainment accessible to the borough. QPAC, which is part of Queensborough Community College, also aims to reflect Queens’ great diversity with a wide range of multi-cultural shows. During its nearly five-decade history, the center has produced more than 1,200 performances and served nearly one million audience members.
THE SECRET THEATRE
4402 23rd St., Long Island City
The Secret Theatre is a custom-built venue and rehearsal facility in the heart of Long Island City’s artists’ quarter. Everything from theater to dance and film festivals to opera has been held at the theater’s two stages. Resident company the Queens Players and visiting theater companies perform on site and space rentals are available. Queens artists can reach out to the theater to discuss their own projects and help realize their creative visions.
THALIA HISPANIC THEATRE
41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside
The Thalia Hispanic Theatre is a bilingual theater serving one of the most diverse communities in the nation. The theater is dedicated to providing space for productions by the finest Spanish and Latin American authors. With nearly 40 years and 200 productions under its belt, the Thalia has grown from a community-based theater to a world-class cultural institution, collaborating with guests from across the globe. The Thalia is a member of the Coalition of Theatres of Color and the Alianza de Teatros Latinos NY.