Arts & Entertainment

If you have a passion for the arts, Mason is the place for you! Although the museums, galleries, and theaters of Washington, D.C., are just a metro ride away, there is no need to leave campus for entertainment. There are a variety of films, music, dance, theater, and art exhibits on campus that offer ample opportunities for you to get involved.





The Center for the Arts attracts world-renowned performers and artists, including the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Ballet, the National Acrobats of Taiwan, and the Virginia Opera. The center is made up of four performance spaces.

  • Concert Hall—accommodates 2,000 people
  • Harris Theater—a 500-seat traditional stage
  • TheaterSpace—accommodates 150 people
  • Black Box—an intimate 75-seat theater

Free or discounted student tickets are available for most performances.

The University Program Board and the Film and Media Studies Program offer the Cinema Series, weekly films during the academic year—from Hollywood blockbusters to award-winning, independent cinema. Admission—and popcorn—are free for students, faculty, and staff with a Mason ID.

Mason’s own theater company, Theater of the First Amendment, has received Helen Hayes Awards and more than 30 nominations. The original children’s musical Perseus Bayou was awarded a Parents' Choice award for its soundtrack, placing it in stellar company that includes Tom Paxton and Schoolhouse Rock.

Popular concerts are held in the 10,000-seat Patriot Center, a nationally recognized arena that is also home to George Mason’s NCAA Division I men’s and women’s basketball teams.

Getting Involved

Student performances—from plays to animation festivals—are great ways to participate first-hand in the arts. Students can participate in designing sets for the Theater of the First Amendment or take master classes from international artists such as choreographer Mark Morris of the Mark Morris Dance Group.

Art galleries across campus ensure that student work and professional artist exhibitions get seen by everyone. Learn to paint, sculpt, and photograph with instructors who are working professionals and who regularly exhibit in galleries nationwide.

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