American Theater Group’s home is The South Orange Performing Arts Center at One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079. Tickets to all American Theater Group events can be purchased at the Box Office located in the SOPAC lobby, or online at or by calling (973) 313-2787.

American Theater Group is New Jersey’s newest professional theater company that offers new and classic American musicals and plays, as well as inspiring theater education programs.

Co-Founders and Co-Producing Artistic Directors - James N. Vagias, Rick Sordelet, and Joe Mancuso.

Steven Schwartz, Artistic Advisor of ATG’s New American Musical Reading Series - “I am delighted that American Theater Group will use its resources to help nurture new musicals for the theater. I look forward to helping them and working with Jim Vagias in their efforts to insure the continued health of this vital American art form."


Photos of our inaugural stage production “A Good Farmer” at SOPAC.

Photo Credit: Lianne Schoenwiesner, Spotlight Photography

The Reviews Are In!

Read what the critics had to say about “A Good Farmer”

“Outstanding production…an important piece of theater”

–Marina Kennedy, Broadway World

Read the review by Marina Kennedy at

“The acting on the whole is splendid throughout.”

–Simon Saltzman, Curtain Up

Read the review by Simon Saltzman at

Upcoming Events

SMALL TOWN STORY (a new musical)

Book & Lyrics by Sammy Buck
Music & Lyrics by Brandon James Gwinn


When a local high school in Texas announces that their annual musical well be Rent, deep divisions arise among the town’s parents, faculty and students . A heartwarming story of tolerance, understanding and acceptance. Based on a true story.