The McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at the College of DuPage is in its second decade of presenting the full spectrum of visual and performing arts, including theater, music, dance, comedy and opera. Since its opening in 1986, more than one million people have attended performances, gallery exhibits or events at the facility.
Within the MAC are three distinct performing spaces: the 793-seat Mainstage; the 195-seat, "soft thrust" Theatre 2; and the black box Studio Theatre, with flexible seating for 50 to 85. The MAC is also home to the Gahlberg Gallery, a 90' x 25' space for visual art exhibition.
In addition to presenting touring artists, the MAC houses five resident professional companies: New Philharmonic Orchestra, DuPage Opera Theatre, Arts Center Jazz Ensemble, Buffalo Theatre Ensemble and New Classic Singers. Because of its efforts to increase community access to the arts, the MAC has earned the Illinois Arts Councilís Partners in Excellence designation, which recognizes 40 of the most significant cultural institutions in the state.