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.
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. Millikin President Dr. Patrick White, said “Millikin is ranked in the top ten for musical theatre programs in the country, including universities many times out size.”
Mary Black, Director of the School of Theatre and Dance at Millikin, said this new facility comes at a time when the school is seeing a huge growth in numbers. “It’s been a need and a hope for a long time for theatre and dance to have their own facility. We have been growing and expanding as a school for several years including remarkable growth for the last five years. Our current facilities are just no longer adequate to house the exciting new work we are doing to the amount of students that we are recruiting.”
The new building will house theatre support spaces as well as several production spaces for Millikin students to use. The center will also house faculty and staff offices, allowing faculty, staff, and students to collaborate more easily. The construction contract of this center has been awarded to BLDD Architects which has help construct other facilities on the Millikin Campus. For more information about the center or the theatre and dance program at Millikin please visit the school’s website.