For Immediate Release

August 26, 2017


George Carson,

Community Theatre of Greensboro Board President




Community Theatre of Greensboro (CTG) Introduces New Executive Director



GREENSBORO, N.C. 8/25/2017 The Board of Directors of the Community Theatre of Greensboro (CTG) is pleased to announce that Austin Petty has been named the organization’s next Executive Director, effective September 5th. Petty succeeds Mitchel Sommers who has served as CTG’s Executive Director for 27 years.

Petty brings operating, fundraising and community-related service expertise in a non-profit setting to his new role. In his 7 years as Executive VP/Chief Operating Officer of Victory Junction in Randleman, North Carolina, Petty had a principal leadership role in an organization that serves children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses by providing life-changing camp experiences.

“Entering its 68th season, the Community Theatre of Greensboro is truly an extraordinary and important Guilford County institution,” said Petty. “It is an honor to be selected to continue CTG’s mission.”

The Board of Directors conducted a national search to fill the position with the February announcement of Sommers’s plan to move into a supporting artistic role at the conclusion of CTG’s 67th season. “After an extensive interview process with a number of highly qualified candidates, the Board and staff were pleased to find a local candidate with Austin’s excellent qualifications,” said Board President George Carson. “Austin’s experience serving a diverse population, history of success in fundraising, and vision for the future of CTG makes him the ideal choice to take the organization to the next level.”

Mitchel Sommers has great confidence in the choice made by the board. He affirms, “The more I learned about Austin’s heart in the way he cares about his own family and the kids who are disabled and chronically ill at Victory Junction, the more I was sure this was the person to embrace our mission and grow our CTG family in the community”


About the Community Theatre of Greensboro:

Founded in 1949, Community Theatre of Greensboro is the oldest Arts organization in Guilford County. What sets CTG apart is our focus on reaching out to our entire community and concentrating on our mission: Bringing our diverse community together to learn about, experience, and celebrate the joys of theatre. Our goal is to help everyone in our community share in the excitement of participating in theatre—as actors, backstage crew, or audience members. Our season 68 kicks off with A Chorus Line opening on Friday, September 15th.