Eden Mishler Ihrig and Bethany Thomas
Artistic Director 1964-2020*
Carla is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon. She is a former performer with the Pittsburgh Ballet Company and is a certified teacher of the Cecchetti Technique. She founded the first arts venue (the School of the Johnstown Concert Ballet) in Cambria City in 1964, opening its doors with four students.
She continues to add to the Ballet’s repertoire with stunning performances of ballet classics, and by choreographing and directing innovative works. Today, she teaches at the Carla Prucnal Affiliated School of Ballet, passing on her wisdom to young performers and dancers. As a teacher, she engages students in a myriad of festivals, has choreographed a dozen signature pieces for special occasions, and directs the Johnstown Concert Ballet Company’s annual crowd-pleasing Nutcracker.