Jane Oldfield | Developement Manager, College of DuPage
The MAC recently went through a major renovation. What are some things people should know about the new MAC?
From the moment one approaches the new portico at the main entrance, every detail is welcoming. Artwork surrounds you from the main lobby into the bar area and finally into the new Cleve Carney Gallery. The furnishings are lovely and bright, and the newly located box office is so easy to navigate. And finally, larger
women’s lounges – a much appreciated improvement!
What’s a particularly fond memory you have as a member of the MAC family?
Witnessing Jim Belushi’s fondness for
the College and the MAC is always inspiring; he is living proof that the arts can change lives!
As someone who’s familiar with the ins-and-outs of the of the center’s legacy, what’s a distinguishing characteristic about the venue that makes it unique?
The intimacy of each of the performance spaces inspires artists, and the result is great talent presenting amazing shows!
How would you describe the MAC experience to someone who’s never been?
Convenient, comfortable, reasonably affordable: a single destination for a complete evening to share with friends or to make new ones!
If you had your pick, who/what would you recruit for a future season and why?
I have always wanted to see Emmylou Harris live, so there’s one. Dr. John’s New Orleans R & B, funk, rock makes for a night of pure fun. A favorite recently discovered is Dailey & Vincent, and their bluegrass chops and stage presence were totally captivating. No wonder they have won so many awards.
What are some of your favorite artists/performances you’ve seen so far?
Since I returned only a couple of weeks ago, I have only seen American English and Dee Alexander – so different and yet, both so satisfying!
Ever felt star struck, MAC-related or otherwise?
Rarely star struck, but I will admit that presenting and meeting Steve Martin was a thrill.