What to Expect

Welcome back to the performance spaces at the Center for the Arts. Details about current protocols are below and will continue to be updated as information evolves. Explore the 2021/2022 season.

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Masks
Face coverings are required indoors for patrons ages two and up.
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Seating
Seating will be at full capacity for indoor performances. Family Series performances will be offered in seating groups of varying sizes in order to maintain 3-feet of physical distancing between parties.
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Airflow
Outside fresh air supply has been increased by 50% and ventilation systems are running continuously to increase the exchange of air.

Vaccination Policy

Beginning October 18, 2021, all attendees regardless of age who attend an indoor event or performance at the Center for the Arts, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the date of their visit and present proof of vaccination or show a negative COVID-19 test result upon entry. Acceptable negative results must be from CDC approved Rapid Antigen tests within 48 hours of performance time or PCR tests within 72 hours of performance time. Face coverings are required indoors for patrons ages two and up.

Proof of vaccination and matching photo ID will be required upon entry into the venue in the form of a physical vaccination card, a digital copy on a mobile device, digital presentation of a vaccine passport app, a printout from a medical provider, or an individual’s state vaccine registry. An accompanying adult may verbally confirm a minor's identity. 

Patrons who are not vaccinated (including those under age 12) must provide proof of negative COVID-19 test prior to entering the venue.  

Acceptable negative test results must be from CDC approved:

  • Rapid Antigen tests within 48 hours of performance time or
  • PCR tests within 72 hours of performance time

Self-administered or at-home COVID-19 test results will not be accepted. 

Read the full policy.

Masks

Face coverings are required indoors for patrons ages two and up. Learn more about Mason's face covering requirements

Subscriptions and Tickets for Winter/Spring 2022 Performances 

October 5: Exclusive Presale for Friends of the Center for the Arts. Join now for access 
October 12: Tickets go on sale to the general public 

What to Expect for Indoor Performances

Do you have a vaccination requirement for indoor events and performances?

Yes, Beginning October 18, 2021, all attendees at indoor events must present proof of vaccination against COVID-19 OR show a negative COVID-19 test result. Face coverings are required indoors for patrons ages two and up. Read the full policy.

If patrons are not vaccinated against COVID-19, will they need to present negative COVID-19 test results for indoor events?

Yes. Beginning October 18, 2021 and until further notice, all attendees regardless of age who attend an indoor event or performance at the Center for the Arts, must be fully vaccinated (14 days since second shot of double-dose vaccine or 14 days since single-dose vaccine) against COVID-19 by the date of their visit and present proof of vaccination OR show a negative COVID-19 test result, upon entry into the venue. Read the full policy.

Are face coverings required for indoor events and performances?

Face coverings are required indoors for patrons ages two and up. Learn more about Mason's face covering requirements

How will seating work? Can I sit next to my friends and family?

The Center for the Arts is seating all seats in the Concert Hall, with the exception of our Family Series events. Most events are on sale with reserved seating. General admission events are seated on a first-come, first-served basis. 

For the Family Series, tickets will be offered in seating groups of varying sizes in order to maintain physical distancing within the Concert Hall. We encourage patrons to purchase tickets in seating group locations that match the size of their party. Each seating group must include at least one adult (18+). All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket. 

Upon arrival, patrons may present a digital or physical ticket to be scanned. If you require accessible seating or other seating accommodations, please reach out to (voice) 703-993-2787 or (text) cfatix@gmu.edu.  

The Center for the Arts reserves the right to reseat patrons based on new guidelines and information. 

What if I need an accessible seat?

If you require accessible seating, please indicate so when purchasing your ticket. Our team will contact you regarding any accommodations needed for your visit. You may also contact us at (voice) 703-993-2787 or (text) cfatix@gmu.edu and visit our accessibility page to learn more. 

How long will performances be? Will there be an intermission?

Most performances will have an intermission. Please check our calendar to view performance run times. 

How many people will be attending this event?

The Concert Hall is open at full capacity and is a 1,947-seat venue. Reduced capacities will be in effect for Family Series events and other university programming for students.  

Will there be pre or post performance events?

The Center for the Arts will be resuming pre and post events for performances, such as our Pre-Performance Discussions. Please see the calendar for specific event information. 

What do I need to bring?

In order for you to have a successful and safe visit, please bring the following: 

  • Your ticket
  • Face coverings are required indoors for patrons ages two and up.
  • Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test result. Beginning October 18, 2021, all attendees at indoor events must present proof of vaccination against COVID-19 OR show a CDC approved negative COVID-19 test result. Read the full policy.
  • Photo ID. An Accompanying adult may verbally verify the identity of minors.
  • If desired, patrons are permitted to bring a bottled water, as concessions remained closed.

Will concessions be available? Can I bring my own food and drink?

Concessions will remain closed surrounding performances until further notice.

I’m a Friend of the Center for the Arts. Will Friends-only refreshment area be open?

The Friends-only refreshment area will reopen for Great Performances at Mason and Family Series performances.  

Where do I park? Is Accessible parking available?

Free parking will be available in Lot K.  Patrons may also park in the Mason Pond Deck for a flat rate of $9 during Great Performances at Mason events. Due to shorter programming for Family Series events, parking in Mason Pond Deck will be offered at an hourly rate. 

Free accessible parking spaces are available on Mason Pond Drive. Additional accessible parking is located in the Mason Pond Deck. Read more about parking options

How early can I arrive at the venue?

Patrons are welcome to arrive up to two hours before the scheduled performances in the Concert Hall. Seating will begin 30 minutes prior to performance start time. 

Patrons are welcome to arrive up to one hour before the scheduled performances in other venues. Seating will begin 30 minutes prior to performance start time.

Will restrooms be available? How often will they be cleaned?

The restrooms in the Center for the Arts will be open at full capacity. Restrooms are cleaned frequently according to Mason's guidelines.  

Will there be printed playbills or programs?

All programs will be provided digitally for fall 2021 Great Performances at Mason and Family Series events. Advance ticket buyers will receive the program via email and it will also be available with the event information on the Center for the Arts website.   

Are there any other venue policies I should be aware of?

For our full list of venue policies such as lost tickets, late seating, inclement weather, etc, please visit our “At the Center” webpage, under House Rules and Helpful Information. 

Covid-19 Safety Information

How are you ensuring the safety of audience members?

  • Proof of vaccination and matching photo ID will be required upon entry into the venue in the form of a physical vaccination card, a digital copy on a mobile device, a printout from a medical provider, or an individual’s state vaccine registry.  

    Patrons who are not vaccinated (including those under age 12) must provide proof of negative COVID-19 test prior to entering the venue.  Read the full policy.

  • No one with a fever or other symptoms of COVID-19, or who has been exposed to a known COVID-19 case in the prior 10 days, is permitted on campus.
  • Vaccinations: All George Mason University students, staff, and faculty are required to be vaccinated against Covid-19. To learn more about Mason's vaccine requirements, please visit the Safe Return to Campus website

  • Physical Distancing: All Family Series events will be sold with 3ft of distancing in between parties. For parties larger than 6 people, please contact the Center for the Arts Ticket Office at (voice) 703-993-2787 or (text) cfatix@gmu.edu.  

  • Face Coverings: Face coverings are required indoors for all individuals.

  • Hand Sanitizing Stations: Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the venue and near the Ticket Office and restrooms.  

  • Cleaning Protocols: The Center for the Arts is following George Mason University's guidance for cleaning and disinfecting the facility.  

  • Stay home if you are sick: If you are not able to attend, please contact the Ticket Office before the event to discuss the options of an exchange certificate or an in-kind donation.  

  • By attending this event, you voluntarily assume the risk of exposure to Covid-19. 

How are you ensuring the safety of your staff and artists?

Center for the Arts staff continue to follow all Covid-19 protocols outlined by George Mason University. For the latest information on safety protocols, please visit the Safe Return to Campus webpage. If any staff display symptoms of Covid-19, or have been in contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19, they will not be present on the George Mason University campus. Our safety, and your safety, is our top priority. 

All artists will adhere to international and domestic travel and safety guidelines. Artists and Center for the Arts staff members are working together closely to ensure that appropriate health and safety protocols are maintained. 

What measures is Center for the Arts taking to minimize risk, beyond university protocols?

George Mason University has outlined numerous safety protocols, all which the Center for the Arts has adapted. The Center is taking additional steps to minimize the risk including: 

  • Providing distanced seating for Family Series and university programming for students 

  • Distributing digital programs in place of paper programs or playbills 

  • Addressing airflow: actions have been taken to increase outside (fresh) air supply by 50%; run ventilation systems continuously, thus increasing the movement and exchange of air; and ensure that all fans, filters, and ducts are functioning properly 

How can patrons help us for a safe re-opening?

We ask that our patrons partner with the Center for the Arts in taking steps to minimize the spread of Covid-19. Please keep high-risk behaviors in mind before coming to our venue; if you have recently traveled out of the state, participated in large social gatherings, or have been around persons who tested positive for Covid-19, consider staying home to enjoy our Mason Arts at Home virtual content!  

If you’ve tested positive for Covid-19 within 2 weeks of coming to our venue, please inform us immediately, so we may assist the state with contact tracing. 

Ticket Information

How do I purchase tickets?

Tickets for events presented by the Center for the Arts can be purchased online at cfa.gmu.edu, You may call 703-993-2787 to purchase tickets over the phone, or you can visit the Ticket Office in person during our regular business hours and two hours prior to ticketed performances in the Concert Hall.  

Tickets for fall 2021 events are available to Friends of the Center for the Arts beginning August 3 at 10 a.m. and to the general public beginning August 10 at 10 a.m. 

Subscriptions and tickets for winter/spring 2022 events are available to Friends of the Center for the Arts beginning October 5 at 10 a.m. and to the general public beginning October 12 at 10 a.m. 

What if I need accessible seating?

If you require accessible seating, please indicate so when purchasing your ticket. Our team will contact you regarding any accommodations needed for your visit. You may also contact us at  (voice) 703-993-2787 or (text) cfatix@gmu.edu and visit our accessibility page to learn more. 

Can I print my own ticket or present my ticket on my phone?

Yes, when you purchase your tickets, select the digital ticket option in the cart online or let the ticket seller assisting you know your preference. You will receive an email from ordertracking@tickets.com with a link to either print your tickets or open up digital tickets on your phone. When presenting your tickets to an usher, please make sure the barcode is visible and turn up the screen brightness on your phone.  

Where do I go to pick up my tickets on the day of the performance?

Ticket pick-up, or Will Call, will be located at the Center for the Arts Ticket Office, right inside the Center for the Arts lobby, beginning two hours prior to the start of events taking place in the Concert Hall.  

Can I buy a ticket at the Ticket Office right before the event?

If tickets are still available for sale, you may purchase your ticket at the Ticket Office beginning two hours prior to the start of events taking place in the Concert Hall. Credit cards, cash, and exchange certificates will be accepted. 

What if I am sick and unable to attend the performance?

Please contact the Ticket Office before the performance to let them know that you will not be able to attend. The Ticket Office will assist you in either donating the value of your tickets back to the Center or receiving an exchange voucher for the value of the tickets which may be used for future purchases.  

Ticket Options: 

  • Donation: Donate the cost of the tickets back to the Center for the Arts as an in-kind contribution and receive an acknowledgement letter for tax purposes from the GMU Foundation. 

  • Exchange Certificate: The certificate is valid for other in-person ticketed events in the Great Performances at Mason season, the Family Series, or the student performance offerings from the College of Visual and Performing Arts. 

Can I use a credit from the 19/20 season or 20/21 season towards purchases for this performance?

Yes, we encourage you to redeem your account credit towards purchases for for performances in our Great Performances at Mason season, the Family Series, or the College of Visual and Performing Arts offerings. You can call the Ticket Office to arrange a purchase with account credit, and either mail the physical certificate or email a photo of a torn certificate to redeem its value. Account credit can also be redeemed in person at the Ticket Office or online through our website. If you are experiencing issues with redeeming your account credit online, please call the Ticket Office for assistance.  

Can I purchase tickets to these performances as a subscription?

Fall 2021 performances are only available to buy for individual events. Subscription packages will not be offered for these events. Half-price tickets for youth through grade 12 are available for purchase. 2019/2020 subscribers receive a 20% discount on all fall Great Performances at Mason performances. Access this special fall discount by purchasing through the Ticket Office or through your existing subscriber account at cfa.gmu.edu/account