十月 19,2020 10:45 AM
Dane Lisser.

Celebratory event marks new home for Millikin's School of Theatre & Dance

A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 17, 2020, marked a celebration of Millikin University's newest building, the Center for Theatre & Dance. The celebratory event of the new home for Millikin's 艺术学院 and School of Theatre & Dance was also an opportunity to thank the supporters of the project and the community of Decatur, Ill.

Millikin Center for Theatre & Dance

For several months, the Millikin University campus community witnessed a change in scenery with the construction of the new Center for Theatre & Dance, all starting with a groundbreaking back on May 18, 2018. This past August, the doors to the $29 million building were opened to students, faculty and staff.

"The Center for Theatre & Dance represents more than just a state-of-the-art building designed to provide Millikin students with high-quality Performance Learning experiences. It is a structural recognition of the importance of the visual and performing arts in our lives and in our community," said Millikin总统博士。吉姆雷诺兹. "By undertaking and completing this project through the generosity of our alumni and other friends, Millikin University has reaffirmed the value that theatre and dance holds in our daily lives. I'm very excited for our faculty, staff and students, both current and prospective, to fill the building with their exceptional talent and to make it a place of creativity and learning."

Millikin Center for Theatre & Dance Ribbon-Cutting


Located at the former site of the Richards Treat University Center, the Center for Theatre & Dance features a 260-seat flexible theatre, including an orchestra pit, balcony and tech gallery with a tension wire grid. The new building also features lighting and sound labs, a costume studio, a costume classroom, collaboration spaces, acting studios, design classrooms, practice rooms, modern theatre equipment and offices and support facilities for current staff, with room for growth. The innovative facility has become the new face of the School of Theatre & Dance.

"Students will be able to learn performance, directing, design, production and management in all new spaces equipped with the latest technology," said Mary Black, director of the School of Theatre & Dance. "The new Center will do more than facilitate the needs of our current students and programs. It will allow us to continue to grow and excel as we prepare students for their lives as theatre artists."

The Center for Theatre & Dance was one of three building projects under Millikin University's $85 million "Transform MU" capital campaign (TMU). Thanks to visionary and generous alumni and community leaders, as well as the investment of University resources by Millikin's 受托人董事会, the facility was realized with a groundbreaking two years ago.

“TMU Capital Campaign设想为Miltikin的真正转型变化的机会,在这样做,使我们学生的生活变化,”博士说。史蒂夫·霍斯,受托人Emeritus作为“转变MU”资本竞选指导委员会的联合主席。 “毫克大学的独特事物之一是重视性能学习,这设施确实为我们从未像以前一样为我们的学生提供了机会。它长期以来一直是Millikin的使命,以提供教育的承诺。现在我们可以真正提供这座建筑完成的承诺。“

Millikin Center for Theatre & Dance Ribbon-Cutting

圣。 Steve Huss,Trustee Emeritus

该项目的架构合作伙伴是基于Decatur的设计公司BLDD Architects,Inc。,他们在发展过程中与几毫克学生,教师,管理员,校友和捐助者合作。

"One of the founding design elements was to see and be seen. People on campus and in the community can actually see what's happening in and around the space as students work on planned and impromptu performances in places ranging from the lobby to the outdoor covered patio," said John Whitlock, principal with BLDD Architects. "Even though they had no dedicated facility to put them on the map, Millikin's School of Theatre & Dance continued to produce high-quality graduates and created a program that ranked in the top 10 nationally. With the resources provided by the new Center for Theatre & Dance, we believe Millikin can become the best theatre program in the nation."

该项目的主要建筑师Carson Durham表示,建筑中的每个空间都是“连接,学习和教学”的地方。

Millikin Center for Theatre & Dance Ribbon-Cutting

From left to right: Millikin student Ramsey Folkerts '24; Laura Ledford, dean of the 艺术学院; Mary Black, director of the School of Theatre & Dance; Millikin student Alex Saviano '22

“这座建筑能够向校园设计的历史向后看,同时也期待着当代建筑和元素,”达勒姆说。 “这对学生聚集,学习和合作是一个非常舒适的空间。在私立校园,你有时会让新建筑对校友更多的感觉而不是学生。这座建筑是故意设计的,所以学生觉得他们可以成功高端空间,但它没有恐吓。“

对于像扎卡里卡里等米利尼基的学生,来自圣的高级设计和生产专业。 Charles,Mo。,该建筑提供令人兴奋,实践的学习机会。

“这座新建筑呈现出广泛的技术设施和尖端技术,使学生可以获得迅速成为行业标准的设备的经验,”Cary说。 “这座建筑的特色允许我和其他学生进一步以新的方式发展艺术家和技术人员。”


Millikin Center for Theatre & Dance Ribbon-Cutting


“这是毫克历史上的一个令人兴奋的时刻。当我到达校园时,这是一个成为一个愿望的梦想,充分的成果作为一个想法和一个概念,一个概念,设计和一个将改变Miltikin大学的创作来吧,“白人说。 “我们要感谢在这个项目中发挥作用的大家,无论您是几美元还是一百万美元的捐赠者,我们都会感谢您对未来Millikin和我们在绩效学习的工作中的信念,特别是在艺术中剧院和舞蹈。“

White added, "From the 受托人董事会, to the faculty and staff who worked so hard to make this happen, to our partners in construction and design – everyone who made the Center for Theatre & Dance a wonderful building."

Fundraising efforts are ongoing to support the Center for Theatre & Dance. For more information about the new facility and the School of Theatre & Dance, visit Millikin.edu/Theatre..