We are looking forward to welcoming you back at the Axelrod in 2021, in a safe and comfortable environment. While many factors affect our reopening, the safety of our patrons, artists and staff will remain our first priority.

"If Music Be the Food of Love, PLAY ON!" - William Shakespeare

How ironic that music-making was not deemed an “essential service,” when all of us retreated to our homes and sought out music, film, theater and other forms of entertainment daily to nourish our souls and keep our minds active and sane. The arts aren’t unique in suffering through the COVID-19 pandemic, but they may be the worst victims. Our beautiful theater in Deal Park remains dark, though the staff and many artists have become beacons of light for our community.The Axelrod Performing Arts Center remains active, providing educational programming for our youth, online entertainment for our patrons, and financial support for various charities in the region.



THANK YOU to our generous APAC Members, Board, Patrons and the staff at BELL WORKS of Holmdel for not only making the APAC 2020 Gala (kicking off our PLAY ON! Campaign) happen during these difficult time...but also making it a complete success!


Please enjoy this beautifully performed HERE WE GO AGAIN live concert–starring Michelle Millardi (Broadway’s Beauty and the Beast), Heather Jane Rolff (Broadway’s Shrek The Musical) and special guest and Broadway veteran Angie Schworer (The Prom).


• The Axelrod hosted fundraisers to support Fulfill to feed the hungry in Monmouth and Ocean Counties, The Loveland Foundation to support women and girls of color, and Encircle to support LGBTQ youth.


• We inaugurated The NJ High School AXE Awards to provide recognition and scholarships for six high students in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex Counties; over 100 students entered the competition.


• Our in-house professional ballet company, The Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater, offered free virtual dance classes to over 300 students for two months.


• We established the Axelrod Performing Arts Academy in conjunction with Bell Works in Holmdel, offering dozens of students live and virtual instruction from 40 professional artists, including Tony Award winners, lead dancers from major dance companies and film stars. Scholarships were made available for students who demonstrated need.


• The Anne & Sheldon Vogel Virtual Concert Series offered six free live-streamed concerts to our patrons, featuring Tony-nominated stars, American Idol celebrities and other artists.


• The Axelrod Israel Jewish Film Festival provided a six-week-long world-class film event including Zoom talkbacks with international filmmakers.

• “Here We Go Again”, the LIVE APAC GALA 2020 GALA CONCERT at BELL WORKS

"This is Halloween!" a 'spook-tackular' outdoor event at BELL WORKS, Sat. Oct 31st, 2020 with performances provided by the Axelrod Performing Arts Academy and Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater's professional dancers!


With thanks and hope for a bright future for the arts,


Jess Levy, CEO • Dr. Art Topilow, Board President • Andrew DePrisco, Artistic Director