George Mason University, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Manassas, Virginia

Three distinct public institutions- George Mason University, City of Manassas, and Prince William County-armed with far-reaching vision and persistence, committed to creating a place special to
all. Meetings held throughout a multi-year process with university personnel and community arts groups ensured that the final outcome met the needs of all the participants. Now, a landmark building is a key component in the formation of a cultural focus in the region. The opera-style performance hall represents a benchmark in modern theater design for compact layout and audience interaction. The tight horseshoe shaped hall with three vertical tiers of surrounding boxes create a setting in which no seat is farther than 90 feet from the proscenium. The intimate space offers a place where every performance, no matter the content or style, allows the audience to be fully immersed in the action. The ‘family boxes’ reinvent traditional seating that accommodate from 2 to 59 people and are structured to encourage the attendance of families with children and varied student groups.

84,500 SF 1,120 Seat Multi-purpose Theater 270 Seat Studio Theater
George Mason University
Rehearsal Space, Public Lobby, Art Gallery, Donors' Lounge, Scene Shop, Performance Support Spaces, Administration Offices
Hughes Group Architects, Inc.