For local performing artists, the Hylton Performing Arts Center just got even better, with the opening of a new education and rehearsal wing.
“This wing makes the Hylton Center complete, and transforms us from a place where great art happens to a place where great art is created,” said Rick Davis, executive director of the Hylton Performing Arts Center and Dean of George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts.
The addition includes two rehearsal halls, six practice rooms, two classrooms and two additional lobby spaces. The expansion allows for students, artists, faculty and staff to further educate, rehearse, perform and collaborate at the university.
It also completes the original vision for the Hylton Center, after nearly a decade of understanding what the university and its population requires in order to propel its art community forward.
One of the rehearsal halls has the floor size of the Merchant Hall stage, and the other of the Gregory Family Theater, allowing performers to practice in areas that are sized for full-scale performance rehearsals. The spaces also feature flexible seating, advanced acoustic treatments and spring dance floors.
The project was funded in part by the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as the generous support of private donors. Early contributions from the Cecil and Irene Hylton Foundation kick-started the Hylton Center’s Capital and Endowment Campaign, which is close to reaching its goal of $31.5 million. The campaign has also raised funds for the Hylton Center’s Endowment Fund.
An invite-only ribbon cutting will be held in partnership with the Prince William Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. // Hylton Performing Arts Center: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas
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