COVID-19 gave Jerry Mandel the opportunity to remake the Irvine Barclay Theatre

Following an unparalleled dormancy for the performing arts in Orange County during the COVID-19 pandemic, a bright spot came when cautious, but eager audiences discovered changes in some favorite halls. Leading the way, and guided by veteran county arts czar Jerry Mandel, was an eye-catching update of Irvine Barclay Theatre. … Mandel’s … longest-running educational tie has been with UC Irvine as a top fundraiser for several years in the early ‘90s, which led to his highest impact position before steering the Barclay.