Hylton Performing Arts Center
Who We Are
Dedicated to bringing a world-class performing arts venue to the Prince William region, the Hylton Performing Arts Center was born out of a partnership among Prince William County, George Mason University, the City of Manassas, the Commonwealth of Virginia and individuals and businesses in the private sector. Soaring more than nine stories and boasting a stunning mix of copper, glass and masonry, the 102,000-square foot center is home to two unparalleled performance venues for local arts groups and performers from around the world, as well as university-related activities. Modeled after the intimate European opera houses of the 19th century, Merchant Hall is a 1,123-seat multipurpose proscenium theater, which is encircled by 27 private boxes that rise three levels. The Gregory Family Theater is a flexible, 4,400-square foot space that can be configured for many different types of performances and events. In addition, the Didlake Grand Foyer, with its sweeping staircase, provides an ideal setting for community, corporate and social events. The Hylton Performing Arts Center, the only building of its kind in the area, has quickly become the cultural hub of Prince William County and the surrounding communities and is a shining example of civic collaboration and commitment to the arts.
What We Do:
Each season, our patrons enjoy a full range of quality performing arts experiences, which are presented by the Hylton Center, our Arts Partners, Affiliate Arts Organizations, as well as independent presenters.
The Hylton Presents series features a wide array of performances featuring international and national artists in comedy, dance, music and theater. From bluegrass to Beethoven, acrobatics to salsa dancing and everything in between, the Hylton Center has something for everyone!
Hylton Family Series:
Fun family entertainment at affordable prices, the Hylton Family Series is designed to introduce children to the arts through lively and engaging programs in song, dance and story. Adults and children alike will experience the magic of live theater and be enchanted by hilarious characters, delightful music and heartwarming tales.
Enjoy an idyllic afternoon in the company of good food, music, and friends, starting with lunch by an outstanding local restaurant followed by a one-hour concert of distinguished musicians presenting a colorful variety of music, chamber-style. Coffee and a dessert reception with artists conclude the event.
American Roots Series:
Experience up-close, down-home concerts with the best of bluegrass, country, blues, and more. Enjoying the casual setting of the Gregory Family Theater with food and beverage for purchase.
The Hylton Center is the primary performance home to the following community-based arts organizations who were instrumental in the creation of the Hylton Center: Manassas Ballet Theatre, Manassas Chorale, Manassas Symphony Orchestra, Prince William Little Theatre, The Creative and Performing Arts Center (CAPAC), Asaph Dance Ensemble, and Youth Orchestras of Prince William. These dynamic organizations present year-round performances on the stages of the Hylton Center and represent the extraordinary talents and resources in our region.
Affiliate Arts Organizations:
The Hylton Center partners with a broad group of arts organizations in Prince William County that present a diverse selection of performances at the venue.