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 Center will help secure Millikin’s national role in performing arts education.” The center will serve as a central location for performing arts. See the next generation of theatre artists as they take the stage in our ambitious production season. And to celebrate the dedication, talent and discipline of the individuals who call Millikin and our broader community “home.”. 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. 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. 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. 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. All prospective college students find different schools appealing for different reasons. 2K likes. 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. 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. It is my pleasure to introduce the remaining individuals who will be participating in this morning’s ribbon cutting. 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 has long been nationally recognized for outstanding accomplishments in theatre and for collaborative and integrated efforts that prepare our students for professional success. Support experiences that extend beyond the classroom. To collaborate on innovative, revolutionary work. Dr. and Mrs. Huss, will you please step forward to participate in our ribbon cutting? To foster strong appreciation of the fine and performing arts. Through these collaborations, our students gain valuable insight and engagement with their chosen professions prior to graduation which helps prepare them for professional success. Ramsey and Alex, won’t you please come forward and prepare the ceremonial ribbon? The School of Theatre & Dance is a nationally recognized program, offering conservatory style training rooted in a liberal arts education. The School of Theatre & Dance is a nationally recognized program, offering conservatory style training rooted in a liberal arts education. More than $11.5 million has been raised for this effort, with a goal of raising over $21 million. It is now my pleasure to read to you a message from Millikin President Emeritus Dr. Patrick E. White. 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. 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. 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. Thank you so much, Dr. & Mrs. Schrodt. 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. A June event to celebrate the facility was rescheduled because of … 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. 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. May this day and this moment inspire us all with confidence. Construction is nearly complete, and the Center will open in the fall. 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. Our student-artists will have a revolutionary new home dedicated to Performance Learning as the Center for Theatre & Dance opens its doors this fall. Construction is nearly complete. President Reynolds: It is now my pleasure to introduce a loyal and dedicated friend of our University, Dr. Steve Huss. We apologize for the sound issues and have provided a transcript of the audio from the ribbon cutting below. Millikin University broke ground on its new Center for Theatre & Dance during a ceremony held on May 18, 2018. Go Big Blue! It is now my privilege to turn the podium over to Mary Black, who will conduct the remainder of the ribbon-cutting ceremony. It is not often that we get to bear witness to dreams becoming reality. 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. So, to these esteemed colleagues and friends, I would like to say thank you. View the live walk through of the new Center for Theatre & Dance with Director Mary Black! The tireless dedication of the donors and partners who supported this project have given each one of us that all-too-rare opportunity today. To begin, I would like to reintroduce Dr. Jim Reynolds, Millikin’s president, along with Mrs. Sue Reynolds, our first lady. DECATUR, Ill. (AP) - Millikin University in Decatur plans to break ground next year on a $25 million Center for Theatre and Dance. 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. Dr. Huss: Thank you, Dr. Reynolds. 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. 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. Julius W. Hegeler II, a 1950 Millikin graduate. Copyright © 2019 Millikin University. Millikin University President Jim Reynolds cuts the ribbon on the $29 million Center for Theatre and 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. Keely Milliken, Centre Stage Studios, Monrovia, California. So thank you again, and welcome to Millikin University’s Center for Theatre & Dance! It has long been Millikin’s mission to deliver on the promise of education. 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.. He is a trustee emeritus, served as co-chair of the Transform MU capital campaign steering committee, and has been a generous donor to this project. It will allow the private university to consolidate facilities, with offices, studios, classrooms and a theater under one roof. We apologize for the sound issues. This showpiece studio will allow students to work, dance and perform in beautiful natural light while overlooking the entire campus. 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. The Center for Theatre & Dance presents so many opportunities for the future of Millikin University. Faculty work side by side with students as mentors and as artists. My name is Jim Reynolds, and I have the distinct pleasure of serving as president of Millikin University. DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — Millikin University in Decatur plans to break ground next year on a $25 million Center for Theatre and Dance. Our students have opportunities to develop, market, design, direct, and get hands-on … Find resources that will help you be successful as a Millikin student. Jodi Marzorati Benson has established a legendary career, receiving worldwide recognition as the beloved, original voice of Ariel in the Academy Award winning... Millikin sophomore finds sense of family and community on campus And thank you for your generosity, both to this project and in your service to Millikin. 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. 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. Millikin University broke ground on its new Center for Theatre & Dance during a ceremony held on May 18, 2018. 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. Find important information on things you will need bring to campus with you, supplies, and vital information that will help you with your transition to campus life. Laura and Mary, please come forward. Center for Theatre & Dance Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony *Thank you for watching! 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! 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. 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. 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. 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. With a 260-seat flexible theatre at its center, the 61,000-square-foot facility is the university’s hub for performing arts education. And thanks to all of you who have joined us today for this very special celebration. Copyright © 2019 Millikin University. 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