McAninch Arts Center (MAC)
- The McAninch Arts Center opened in 1986 and is named after College of DuPage's second
president, Harold D. McAninch. It combines both performance and academics under one
- The MAC houses three performance spaces: the 800-seat Mainstage Theatre, 195-seat
Theatre 2 and 60-plus-seat Studio Theatre. It is home to the Buffalo Theatre Ensemble
and New Philharmonic, two resident professional ensembles; a number of student groups;
and a gallery space for professional, faculty and student exhibits. Featuring seasons
that combine touring, resident and student groups, the MAC has presented theater,
music, dance and visual arts to more than 1.5 million people since it opened.
- In an average week, the MAC hosts 5.1 public performances of 1.6 arts programs, 2.2
rental events, 10.25 rehearsals and one non-art college department use — or 2.5 scheduled
events per day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. Each season includes more than
200 performances of plays, concerts and lectures, as well as numerous art exhibits
in both the gallery space and MAC lobby area.
- The MAC's extensive community outreach program includes pre-performance lectures,
classes with visiting artists and the SchoolStage program, which provides area K-12
students with an interactive, educational arts experience.
- Academic programs offered at the MAC include Art, Graphic Arts, Motion Picture/TV,
Music, Photography and Theater.
- A $35 million renovation scheduled from fall 2012 to early 2014 will update the major
performance spaces, address significant infrastructure needs and improve several academic