The Hylton Performing Arts Center boasts 102,000 square feet of beautiful spaces to serve the community.

1,123-seat Merchant Hall
1,123-seat Merchant Hall is an elegantly styled opera house with a 100 foot stage and orchestra pit.

"I love the space and being part of George Mason University.  The Hylton Center is a beautiful venue with so much potential and being part of a robust university increases this potential, exponentially!"  -- Eileen Kennedy, Associate Vice President of Development, Central and Units, Office of University Advancement and Alumni Relations

Our Mission

The Hylton Performing Arts Center stimulates and transforms the cultural and economic vitality of our region by presenting diverse performances and programs of high quality and artistic excellence to inspire, educate, enrich and enhance the community.

Our Vision 

The Hylton Performing Arts Center nurtures artistic excellence and engagement, as we strive to be the creative commons of this dynamic region, inspiring the community to express its voice by participating in the Center’s work as artists, audiences, and lifelong learners.


An ideal venue for first-class performing arts

A Mason Arts venue, managed by George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, the Hylton Center, the Hylton Performing Arts Center is a shining example of what a successful community partnership can achieve. Join us for an amazing performance experience, rent our facility to create your own customized experience, or give to the Hylton so we may continue to offer “arts for all” in your own backyard.

The Hylton Center presents diverse programming through series such as Hylton PresentsHylton Family Series, the lunchtime Matinee Idylls SeriesAmerican Roots Series, and Hylton on the Hill. The Hylton Center is also home to Arts Partners and Affiliate Arts Organizations, and hosts many special events and exhibitions. Learn more about the Hylton Center Education and Rehearsal Wing

View the 2020/2021 Annual Report.

View the 22-23 Annual Report