The Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center (the PPAC), on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, is the premier regional cultural destination and has been for more than 20 years. The PPAC is a cultural, artistic, educational, social, and economic resource for the Greater Johnstown area!
Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center
Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.,
The 42,000-square-foot multipurpose facility includes a mainstage auditorium theatre that comfortably seats 1,000 and attracts about 21,000 annually. The Studio Theatre, often referred to as the black box, can seat 200 and is often used for receptions and gatherings. It is also home to the Pitt-Johnstown theatre department.
The PPAC hosts the Johnstown Concert Ballet, Stage Door Series for children, Out of His Mind Dance Company, Concepts Dance Company, Le Dance Academie, and Sharon's Dance Studio.
The Center opened in September 1991 and was made possible by a multi-million dollar gift from Frank Pasquerilla, who was the chairman of Crown American.
The university, which was without a performance space since moving to campus in 1967, was then equipped with a state-of-the art facility that includes the main theatre, black box theater, an art gallery and office space.
The PPAC is known for its excellent acoustics, which can be adjusted by motorized panels. The stage is opened to create an orchestra pit when needed.
The Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center is dedicated and committed to providing persons with disabilities the necessary measures for an enjoyable experience at the Center. Services include wheelchair accessibility, wheelchair seating, and listening devices for those with hearing impairments.