Carnevali Appointed Executive Director


JENNERSTOWN – The Mountain Playhouse Board of Directors has hired Patricia Carnevali, of Johnstown, as executive director, effective Jan. 10, following the departure of Laura Argenbright to the position of executive director at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center in Johnstown, PA. Argenbright will remain involved with the Mountain Playhouse as she was appointed to the board of directors during the annual retreat on Jan. 19.

Prior to joining the staff, Carnevali spent three years at the Johnstown Area Heritage Association in Johnstown, PA. While there, she served as associate vice president of external affairs and events. Her responsibilities included supervision of all departments operations, as well as co-ordination of the production of the Flood City Music Festival. The native of Rochester, NY, came to southwestern PA in 1990, to serve as the first executive director as the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown opened its doors. For 15 years, she was responsible for programming, marketing and operations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in drama literature from Wheaton College in Norton, MA, and a Masters in arts administration from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

“What they say about life being a circle is true - I caught the theatre bug in high school. Here and there, I’ve worked as an assistant company manager, a stage manager, electrician, stagehand and even as a wardrobe mistress,” said Carnevali. “And now I’m part of an organization that is in its 78th continuous season of theatre. I’m looking forward to working with the staff and board to prepare for the curtain going up on June 20. We’re so very fortunate to have this gem in the Laurel Highlands.”

“The board is so pleased to have Patty joining the staff,” Board of Directors Chairman Rev. Dr. Joseph Beer said. “Her theatre and nonprofit experience will assist us as the organization continues its work to diversify revenue and reach new audiences.”

January 31, 2017
FROM: Mountain Playhouse, a founding member of the Arts Coalition of the Alleghenies