Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center
Welcome to the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center- Where the arts come ALIVE! We are proud to serve as a cultural, artistic, educational, social, and economic resource for the Greater Johnstown area! The PPAC is located on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and features many exciting events year-round! We offer a Mainstage season yearly composed of a wide array of exciting performances, including: full-scale Broadway touring companies, music from the symphony to popular music artists, classical ballet to modern and international dance, fantastic programs for all ages, and internationally known jazz artists! Aside from our own Mainstage season of events, the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra also performs a full season. The PPAC is also a host to the UPJ music and theatre department events, the Johnstown Concert Ballet, River City Brass Band, Stage Door Series for children, Out of His Mind Dance Company, Concepts Dance Company, Le Dance Academie, and Sharon’s Dance Studio.
The PPAC, as it’s known locally, 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 had made do without a performance space since moving to a new campus in 1967, was now equipped with a state-of-the art facility that includes a 1,000-seat concert hall and 200-seat black box theater, as well as office space.
The PPAC is known for its excellent acoustics, which can be adjusted by motorized panels. The stage can be opened to create an orchestra pit when needed. The PPAC also features a “sprung floor,” which means a stage floor that absorbs shocks, making it especially suitable for dance performances.