Copyright © 2019 Millikin University. It is now my pleasure to read to you a message from Millikin President Emeritus Dr. Patrick E. White. The $29 million project has created a lot of excitement around Millikin's campus since breaking ground in May 2018. While Performance Learning can be found at the heart of every part of the Millikin University experience, the Millikin commitment not only to knowing, but also to enthusiastically doing and critically reflecting, is seen profoundly within the School of Theatre and Dance. Our five degree programs are designed to offer an immersive set of experiences for students seeking a comprehensive education in theatre. Welcome to the Official Facebook Fan Page for Millikin University's School of Theatre and Dance. Mary Black, director of the Millikin School of Theatre & Dance, will take you on a tour of the large dance studio in the Center for Theatre & Dance. So thank you again, and welcome to Millikin University’s Center for Theatre & Dance! I was excited to work in a program that offered both BA and BFA theatre degrees, and prepared students for a wide range professional and academic opportunities. Our first two individuals who will be cutting the ribbon this morning do so in honor of all of the students, faculty, staff and administrators for whom this wonderful facility was designed. The Schrodts are faithful supporters of Millikin University and have generously given to the Center for Theatre & Dance. The campaign was envisioned as an opportunity to make truly transformational changes at Millikin, and in so doing, make transformational changes in the lives of our students. It is not often that we get to bear witness to dreams becoming reality. The $25 million facility will include a convertible theatre in addition to well-equipped studios, classrooms, design labs, and public spaces for the School of Theatre and Dance. With a 260-seat flexible theatre at its center, the 61,000-square-foot facility is the university’s hub for performing arts education. Finally, it is my pleasure to once more introduce Dr. Steve Huss, co-chair of Transform MU and Trustee Emeritus, and Carol Huss, member of the Class of 1970. Director, School of Theatre and Dance BA Theatre, University of Iowa 2006 MFA Theatre Technology, Indiana University 2009. The Department of Theatre & Dance at Millikin University teaches students the magic of theatre. Like you, I look forward eagerly to the time when we can visit again Millikin’s beautiful campus; reconnect with you who were such a vital part of our life for the past seven years; and enjoy all that this extraordinary facility has to offer to students, faculty, staff, and community. On behalf of the College of Fine Arts, the School of Theatre and Dance, our students, faculty, staff and administration, and every individual impacted by the excellent creative work that will be fostered inside of this amazing new addition to Millikin’s campus, I extend my heartfelt thanks for your generosity and support. Millikin's new performance space makes a statement What was the former site of the Richards Treat University Center has now become an architectural marvel that is Millikin University's new Center for Theatre & Dance. JIM BOWLING, HERALD & REVIEW Workers prepare to set in place a section of a precast concrete wall for the theater during construction on the new Millikin Center for Theatre and Dance … We all take pride in Millikin alumni, not only for your profound accomplishments and steadfast support of your University, but even more so for your courage to be difference makers, your confidence to go out and tackle the world head on, to be nimble and flexible, even when life throws unexpected challenges your way. It has long been Millikin’s mission to deliver on the promise of education. I am pleased to introduce Laura Ledford, dean of the College of Fine Arts, and Mary Black, director of the School of Theatre and Dance. From working with professional writing teams to immersing in international culture, from being part of a student run theatre company to engaging in social entrepreneurship, these unique programs offer our students invaluable Performance Learning opportunities rich in transferrable skills. President Reynolds: It is now my pleasure to introduce a loyal and dedicated friend of our University, Dr. Steve Huss. I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the dedicated members of Millikin University’s administration who have put so much effort into nurturing the growth of our campus in recent years. Dr. & Mrs. Reynolds, would you please come forward and participate in our ribbon cutting? That mission, and the driving force behind every one of its actions and beliefs, is to deliver on the promise of education as we prepare our students for professional success, democratic citizenship in a global environment, and personal lives of meaning and value. Mary Black, director of the Millikin School of Theatre & Dance, will take you on a tour of the large dance studio in the Center for Theatre & Dance. Construction is nearly complete, and the Center will open in the fall. Dr. and Mrs. Huss, will you please step forward to participate in our ribbon cutting? Find resources that will help you be successful as a Millikin student. Have a wonderful day! Oct 11 – Millikin University has announced they will break ground on its new center for Theatre and Dance in 2018 and have the center up and running by fall of 2020.. Already, our students and faculty are collaborating on creative, inspired art, even as the COVID-19 pandemic requires each one of us to embrace that creativity ourselves. Dr. & Mrs. Schrodt, will you please step forward for the ribbon cutting? DECATUR — Two men were waiting at the top of the Center for Theatre and Dance under construction on Millikin University’s campus for a crane to lift beams to them, after members of the campus community had signed them on the ground Wednesday. Millikin University - School of Theatre and Dance, Decatur, Illinois. We invite you to explore our programs of study and discover the many artistic and academic elements that make the Millikin University School of Theatre and Dance an exciting and unique place to study. Millikin University broke ground on its new Center for Theatre & Dance during a ceremony held on May 18, 2018. The location of the new Center is centralized for creativity to be cultivated, fostered and displayed. Thank you for your encouragement, your enthusiasm, your distinguished service and the faithful stewardship of your time to this — and every! The final brick-and-mortar project funded by Transform MU is the Center for Theatre & Dance. A June event to celebrate the facility was rescheduled because of … It has been your unwavering faith in the future of our University that has created this physical manifestation of the best imagination of Millikin. Our Mission is to provide a youth-oriented, community-based ballet performance company in Michigan with the highest possible dance, artistic and performance standards, while fostering a greater appreciation of ballet as an art form. Dr. and Mrs. Huss are some of Millikin’s most active supporters and have been generous donors to this project. Support experiences that extend beyond the classroom. Dr. Huss: Thank you, Dr. Reynolds. I cannot wait for the future, when you are able to visit this outstanding new facility in person and be as astounded as we all have been by its features and potential. This past August, the doors to the $29 million building were opened to students, faculty and staff. Millikin University was once again the featured topic on WEIU-TV's (PBS) "City Spotlight" series with a... PBS spotlights Millikin's Center for Theatre & Dance. Millikin University broke ground on its new Center for Theatre & Dance during a ceremony held on May 18, 2018. Ramsey is a member of the Class of 2024 and is a musical theatre major, and Alex is a theatre major from the Class of 2022. It is my great privilege to welcome each one of you as you join us for this momentous occasion, the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Millikin’s Center for Theatre & Dance. Until then, thank you for participating along with us this morning. Copyright © 2019 Millikin University. Our approach to education, known as Performance Learning, offers a comprehensive integration of theory and practice with the added component of collaboration with third-party stakeholders. One of the unique things about Millikin is its emphasis on Performance Learning, and this facility will indeed provide opportunities for our students like never before. Millikin University broke ground on its new Center for Theatre & Dance during a ceremony held on May 18, 2018. Center for Theatre & Dance Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony *Thank you for watching! All Rights Reserved. Before I introduce the first two individuals who will participate in the ribbon cutting for the Center for Theatre & Dance, please allow me to introduce you to the two students who will be holding the ribbon during the ceremony, Ramsey Folkerts and Alex Saviano. Through these collaborations, our students gain valuable insight and engagement with their chosen professions prior to graduation which helps prepare them for professional success. To collaborate on innovative, revolutionary work. It is now my privilege to turn the podium over to Mary Black, who will conduct the remainder of the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Center will help secure Millikin’s national role in performing arts education.” The center will serve as a central location for performing arts. Dr. Huss, would you please come forward and say a few words? Laura and Mary, please come forward. Construction is nearly complete, and the Center will open in the fall. To the Board of Trustees who made this project equal to our dreams, I thank you for your courage and belief in Millikin’s future. Decatur - Efforts to create a Center for Theatre and Dance on Millikin University's campus received a big boost with a $2 million donation. The building is expected to open in the fall of 2020. Make sure you don't miss an important step! Now we can REALLY deliver on that promise with this building’s completion! We all thank the donors and partners who “joined the company” and played a pivotal role in providing the support that funded this dream to create this most recent act on the great stage that is Millikin’s campus. The new Center offers a centralized location for creativity to be cultivated, fostered, and displayed, and provides a new venue for Millikin performing arts to delight, inform and inspire audiences. As we gather today and in days to come, I hope we gaze together on this wonderful building and all it means and say with pride, “Ah, there you are, Millikin.”. Millikin plans to build a new Center for Theatre and Dance to house this signature Millikin program. Millikin University President Jim Reynolds cuts the ribbon on the $29 million Center for Theatre and Dance. The ground was broken for Millikin’s new Center for Theatre & Dance on May 18, 2018. The School of Theatre & Dance is a nationally recognized program, offering conservatory style training rooted in a liberal arts education. Our approach to education, known as Performance Learning, offers a comprehensive integration of theory and practice with the added component of collaboration with third-party stakeholders. Theatre and Dance are ancient arts depending on the collaboration of many good, generous, and brave people. Just as our two esteemed presidents have done this morning, I wish to extend my thanks to all of the leaders who have been instrumental in not only bringing the Center for Theatre & Dance to fruition, but also for all they have done to support this fine institution in so many ways. Keely Milliken, Centre Stage Studios, Monrovia, California. Millikin has long been nationally recognized for outstanding accomplishments in theatre and for collaborative and integrated efforts that prepare our students for professional success. More than $11.5 million has been raised for this effort, with a goal of raising over $21 million. The new Center offers a centralized location for creativity to be cultivated, fostered and displayed, and provides a new venue for Millikin performing arts to delight, inform and inspire audiences. Chris and I had planned to celebrate the Center for Theatre & Dance and its historic addition to Millikin University with you in person, but pandemic travel restrictions have made our return to campus impossible. Julius W. Hegeler II, a 1950 Millikin graduate. Already, our students and faculty are collaborating on creative, inspired art, even as the COVID-19 pandemic requires each one of us to embrace that creativity ourselves. To provide our patrons with cultural experiences that create lasting change. Dr. Huss has held many roles at Millikin. The School of Theatre and Dance is a high profile program within a small university setting fostering an environment where individualized attention is the norm. And thank you for your generosity, both to this project and in your service to Millikin. And yet, while this new Center is a tangible investment in the education, skills and careers of our students and faculty within our nationally recognized School of Theatre and Dance, it represents so much more than that. Some enjoy the vast amount of... President Jim Reynolds talks impact of COVID-19 and Millikin facility changes May this day and this moment inspire us all with confidence. Our students have opportunities to develop, market, design, direct, and get hands-on … Thank you, Dr. & Mrs Huss. Millikin's School of Theatre and Dance offers rigorous conservatory-style training within a small-school, liberal arts environment. 2K likes. To foster strong appreciation of the fine and performing arts. All Rights Reserved. The innovative facility will house all areas of study within the nationally recognized School. 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. To the hundreds of donors who made the Center for Theatre & Dance possible, thank you for your extraordinary generosity and your commitment to bringing this exciting new chapter in Millikin’s history to life! Ramsey and Alex, won’t you please come forward and prepare the ceremonial ribbon? The $29 million facility includes a 250 seat courtyard-style theatre, dance and acting studios to support classes, productions and informal performances, classrooms, well-equipped design labs, a costume studio, a script library, collaboration spaces, and public spaces for the School of Theatre and Dance and the visiting public. Construction is nearly complete. 1.3K likes. I served on Millikin’s Board of Trustees from 2004 through 2013, and it has also been my privilege to serve as co-chair of Transform MU. Millikin Center for Theatre and Dance 2 1.11.19 Many views of the Millikin University campus landscape are changing as construction on the new Millikin Center for … The intimate setting allows us to blur the lines between individual degree programs and focus on working together as a community of artists from a variety of disciplines who are equally essential to the process of creating theatre. The new Center for Theatre and Dance is one of three building projects under Millikin University's $85 million "Transform MU" capital campaign (TMU). Faculty work side by side with students as mentors and as artists. In addition to the intensive focus on individual disciplines, students in the School of Theatre and Dance have opportunities to engage in one or more of our Signature programs. DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — Millikin University in Decatur plans to break ground next year on a $25 million Center for Theatre and Dance. Our student-artists will have a revolutionary new home dedicated to Performance Learning as the Center for Theatre & Dance opens its doors this fall. Message from Millikin President Emeritus Dr. Patrick E. White: Beloved Millikin Community: I join President Reynolds in extending my heartiest greetings to each of you today. The tireless dedication of the donors and partners who supported this project have given each one of us that all-too-rare opportunity today. Decatur - Efforts to create a Center for Theatre and Dance on Millikin University's campus received a big boost with a $2 million donation. Alumni & Friends | Alumni Spotlight | Campus. Why Millikin? DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — Millikin University in Decatur plans to break ground next year on a $25 million Center for Theatre and Dance. DECATUR, Ill. (AP) - Millikin University in Decatur plans to break ground next year on a $25 million Center for Theatre and Dance. This showpiece studio will allow students to work, dance and perform in beautiful natural light while overlooking the entire campus. This showpiece studio will allow students to work, dance and perform in beautiful natural light while overlooking the entire campus. And thank you, Ramsey and Alex, for your assistance this morning. The Center for Theatre & Dance presents so many opportunities for the future of Millikin University. See the view for yourself! In recognition of the generosity of everyone who has contributed to the success of Millikin, I want to thank you for investing in the future of our University and its students. Millikin University is an American co-educational, comprehensive, private, four-year university with traditional undergraduate programs in arts and sciences, business, fine arts, and professional studies, as well as non-traditional, adult degree-completion programs (PACE) and graduate programs in business administration and nursing. With only 1800 undergraduate students, Millikin is able to offer smaller class sizes, individualized attention, and faculty/student mentorship opportunities that foster artistic and academic growth for all parties. See the next generation of theatre artists as they take the stage in our ambitious production season. View the live walk through of the new Center for Theatre & Dance with Director Mary Black! The Center will open in the fall. It is my pleasure to introduce the remaining individuals who will be participating in this morning’s ribbon cutting. President Reynolds: Good morning, everyone. So, to these esteemed colleagues and friends, I would like to say thank you. To the designers, architects, contractors, the faculty and staff in Theatre and Dance, on the Cabinet, and throughout the University, who worked so hard and with such care to construct this facility, thank you. The Millikin experience is rich with opportunity and artistic context. There are three steps you must follow when applying to the School of Theatre & Dance at Millikin. On May 18, 2018 Millikin University broke ground on the New Center for Theatre and Dance. Bodine Electric continued its work with Millikin University with our work on the new $29M Center for Theatre and Dance, which officially opened in fall 2020. "Millikin truly was my home" Mary Black: Thank you so much, Dr. Huss. Every day, we embody the spirit of this new facility as we look for new and innovative ways to deliver classes, performances and events in a manner that can be safely enjoyed by everyone while continuing to provide our students with the Performance Learning experiences they so richly deserve. With that, I am pleased to declare the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Millikin University’s Center for Theatre & Dance complete. Under their leadership, we have been able to further expand our ability to provide our students with resources that will facilitate their success, and the important role they have played in the creation of the Center for Theatre & Dance is no exception. All prospective college students find different schools appealing for different reasons. Millikin University has received a generous gift of $100,000 from Dr. Paul and Shirley Stanley to support Millikin's new Center for Theatre & Dance. Thank you, Dr. & Mrs Reynolds. Millikin University broke ground on its new Center for Theatre & Dance during a ceremony held on May 18, 2018. To those of you who are joining us virtually, I also want to extend a warm welcome. It represents a mutual commitment of the University, Decatur and Macon County to make a difference in the lives of others. Thank you so much, Dr. & Mrs. Schrodt. Construction is nearly complete, and the Center will open in the fall. Dance Classes for children and adults in the Portland Area specializing in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Adult Fitness, Lyrical and Child Development. Go Big Blue! Thank you, Theatre and Dance students and faculty for inspiring all of us and for your contributions to making the world a better, more beautiful, more inclusive place. Now, our students and faculty have a dedicated facility worthy of their great talent and highest ambitions, which will nurture their growth as they carefully hone their crafts of performance, direction, design, production and management. 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