Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County

Mission Statement

The Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County is committed to producing and presenting the highest caliber theater and performing arts events as well as engaging and training the next generation of artists. Theatre is the essential human art form through which PACSC enriches the cultural lives of Long Island communities, providing a vital, local alternative to Broadway.


PACSC represents a significant, inspiring new chapter in the 62-year history of theatrical excellence pioneered by Gateway Playhouse. The oldest professional theatre on Long Island, The Gateway was founded in 1950, beginning a legacy of professional theatre and actor training that launched the careers of many prominent theatre, television, and film professionals and became a crucial part of the local cultural landscape. In 2011, the formation of PACSC began the organization’s transition into the non-profit sector, opening new avenues of engagement between the theatre and its audience.


Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County is a non-profit corporation.


About Our Mission

PACSC actively continues to develop its artistic identity alongside the new, non-profit infrastructure. An increased responsibility to our audience, a deepened relationship with local community, and a renewed commitment to the next generation of theatre artists represent the first few shifts in priorities that, in turn, are influencing the evolution of PACSC’s artistic outlook. This is an artistically invigorating time for the organization. We are creating new partnerships with local non-profits to reach out to more diverse audiences; we are expanding Acting School programs into underprivileged neighborhoods in North Bellport; we are deepening existing connections with our long-time patrons by programming opportunities for artists and audiences to come together. With NYSCA support, we hope to extend and enrich these new programs in order to continue to develop our new identity as a non-profit organization.