Vice Mayor Ken Elston

Vice Mayor Ken ElstonKen Elston was first elected to the Manassas City Council in 2014. He is Director of the School of Theater at George Mason University, teaching courses in Acting and Directing. Ken has acted and been the Director and Fight Director for hundreds of stage, film and video projects. His stage credits include several off-Broadway, regional companies, and universities.  He was the Resident Theater Artist at both Catholic University and Maryland Institute College of Art. Internationally, Ken has had professional residencies in China, at the Beijing Film Academy, Nanjing University, and the Shanghai Theater Academy.  He has been a guest artist for communicating science at the Lisbon Biological Sciences Institute. Ken is a member of Actor’s Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and the Association of Theatre Movement Educators.

Ken and his wife, Molly, have announced the Greater Manassas Christmas Parade and served on that committee for many years. City residents since 2002, they have two children, both attended Manassas City Public Schools. He has served on the School Board for Grace Childrens’ Learning Center, as well as Boards for New York's Oberon Theater Ensemble, Theater of the First Amendment, Footsteps in Time, and the Hylton Performing Arts Center, as well as the preservation groups for Aldie Church and the Laura Ratcliffe house, Meadowbrook.  He has written several dramatic plays on the Civil War, including the National Jubilee of Peace in 2011 for the City of Manassas and Prince William County, featured by the National Park Service for the war’s sesquicentennial. Committee service for the city and region has been extensive.

Council Appointments:


  • Finance Committee
  • Appointments Committee Alternate
  • Fire and Rescue Committee
  • Northern Virginia Regional Commission Liaison