The Mullen Center for the Performing Arts is an academic building specifically designed for and primarily tailored to the instruction, research, and productions of Villanova University’s performing arts and teaching communities.  Our purpose is to nurture and guide the talents of Villanova students, faculty, and staff in artistic, educational, and presentational endeavors.

The approximately 85,000 square-foot center features world-class performance spaces, studios, and classrooms to advance education and artistic innovation, as well as common areas to foster collaboration between scholars and artists in the Villanova community.  

Serving as the production and teaching hub for the Villanova Theatre and Studio Arts Department; the Mullen Center is additionally the central location for all of Villanova’s performing arts enterprises. 

Chief among the versatile performance spaces within the Mullen Center is the Topper Theatre, a 400-seat proscenium-style theatre with tailored acoustics, state-of-the-art theatrical lighting and sound equipment together with a 30-member orchestra pit. The multi-faceted center also houses the 200-seat Court Theatre with flexible seating, a balcony, technologically advanced lighting, and sound equipment, along with the Smith Performance Lab that allows for approximately 75 flexible seating options.

The Mullen Center contains a dance studio, scene shop, costume shop, rehearsal room, dressing rooms, and green rooms. There are practice rooms, classrooms, a box office, faculty and staff offices, three lobbies plus a roof terrace that are all suitable for receptions. Parking is available in the I-1 Garage adjacent to the center on Ithan Avenue.

Staff Directory

Executive Director:  Parris Bradley

Building Operations Manager: Andrea Rumble-Moore

Lead Technical Coordinator: John Stovicek

Technical Coordinator: Steve Purpuri

Audience Services Manager: Tina Sheing

Assistant Box Office Manager: Eileen Ciccarone

Scheduler/Administrative Coordinator: Tina Lynch

Box Office: Email

Mullen Center for the Performing Arts

Villanova University 

800 Lancaster Avenue

Villanova, PA 19085 

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.