New Jersey Performing Arts Center will celebrate the memory, spirit and legacy of Shamsuddin Abdul-Hamid, affectionately known as “Sham” on Sunday, April 9, 2017. Sham’s memorial gathering will be a joyful remembrance, including performances and tributes by those who knew and loved him and his friends at NJPAC.  

“At the age of 25, Sham left a legacy of impressive achievements,” said NJPAC President and CEO John Schreiber. “Sham grew up in NJPAC’s Arts Education Department, from the seventh grade to high school graduation, and returned later as a college intern, then as a teacher, to guide others to love performance as he did. We are overwhelmed with sadness of his untimely death, and he will live forever in our hearts.”

Sham was a Newark native who graduated in 2010 from Newark’s Arts High School and attended Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, supported by a scholarship awarded to him at NJPAC. He performed in plays at NJPAC, Shakespeare’s Globe in London, and several productions at Rutgers. Last year, Abdul-Hamid was praised in a New York Times review for his role in “The Brothers Size” at Luna Stage in West Orange.