All Events

  • Generations of Jazz Piano II: Justin Kauflin Trio
    Dec 04, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The story of Justin Kauflin’s career ascendance was powerfully told in the award-winning documentary Keep On Keepin’ On, from his time at William Paterson under the tutelage of Clark Terry to his subsequent discovery and signing to a multi-record contract by Quincy Jones. Although he appeared on the Jazz Room stage many times as a student, he now makes his debut as a featured artist. This performance will preview selections from his new CD due out in spring 2017.

    Admission: General Public $15 • WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens $12 • Non-William Paterson students • $8 WP students are admitted free.
    All tickets are an additional $3 on show day.

    Each Jazz Room concert is preceded by a “Sittin’ In” meet-the-artist session one hour prior to performance. Free to all ticket holders. Audience members have a chance to meet and interact with that day’s artist in a question-answer format.

    Justin Kauflin


  • University Theatre
    The Comedy Improv Show

    Dec 07, 2016 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Hobart Hall Martini Room

    Laugh the loudest for your favorite team! In this comedic competition, WP students take suggestions from the audience and create improvisational skits, vying against each other for the highest score.

    For information, please contact WP professor Elizabeth Stroppel at

    Admission:  FREE


  • The Moscow Ballet presents
    The Great Russian Nutcracker

    Dec 08, 2016 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Moscow Ballet’s spectacular scenic design, gorgeous costumes and the exquisite artistry of 40 top Russian dancers have made The Great Russian Nutcracker an American holiday tradition not to be missed. 

    Admission: $65 Gold Circle • $50 Rear Orchestra/Front Loge • $40 Rear Loge

    Moscow Ballet


  • Theater for Children with Autism
    Theatreworks USA presents
    Click Clack Moo

    Dec 09, 2016 @ 10:30 AM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Book by Billy Aronson
    Lyrics by Kevin Del Aguila
    Music by Brad Alexander
    Based on the book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin
    Directed by Tony-Award winner John Rando   

    Cows that type? Hens on strike! Whoever heard of such a thing!" Farmer Brown cries. Will Farmer Brown give in to the animals' demands?  Find out in a hilariously "mooooo-ving", sensory-friendly musical about negotiation and compromise, based on the Caldecott-Award winning book.

    Please note:  This performance is only open to classes and families with children with autism.  Please call the University Performing Arts office at 973-720-3178 for ticket reservations and information.

    Theatreworks USA


  • University Theatre
    The Sketch Comedy Show

    Dec 09, 2016 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Hobart Hall Martini Room

    If you like to watch Saturday Night Live (SNL), then this is the event for you! Sketches are written and performed in the same SNL format and are presented by WP students in a fun-filled evening of laughter.

    For information, please contact WP professor Elizabeth Stroppel at

    Admission:  FREE


  • University Theatre
    Stand-Up Show: ONE

    Dec 10, 2016 @ 5:00 PM
    Location: Gotham Comedy Club, NYC

    Share in the laughter as WP students from the Stand-Up I class take their final exam by performing live at one of NYC’s premier comedy clubs.

    Please call Gotham Comedy Club at 212.367.9000. 

    Gotham Comedy Club


  • Lightwire Theater presents
    A Very Electric Christmas

    Dec 17, 2016 @ 2:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Brighten your holidays with Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas. Audiences of all ages will treasure this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday hits, including Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey and Tchaikovsky.

    Admission: $15 Adults • $12 Children

    Lightwire Theater


  • Christmas from the Emerald Isle
    McLean Avenue Band & Emerald Fire

    Dec 18, 2016 @ 3:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Direct from Ireland, Padraig Allen's McLean Avenue Band & Joanna Barry Connolly's Irish dance group, Emerald Fire, perform dazzling Irish music, song & dance.

    "The group's mastered the art of blending the old & new, embracing the traditional while adding their own signature sound -a sound that screams fun." - The Irish Echo

    Admission: $37 Orchestra/Front Loge  • $30 Rear Loge

    McLean Avenue Band

    Emerald Fire