Theatre & Dance Building Project
Why create a new home for theatre and dance?
The spaces currently used for theatre and dance are overcrowded and outdated. Practice studios, performance areas and faculty offices are dispersed in 12 separate locations scattered throughout and even off campus. Without new and improved facilities, this signature program cannot continue to grow in numbers, in reputation or in quality.
To continue to attract the best young talent, we must give our students leading-edge technology and spaces for mastering their crafts so they can continue to thrive as artists and technicians after graduation. The synergy achieved by bringing together the scattered components of the theatre and dance program into one comprehensive center will elevate this already distinctive program to national prominence.
The need has never been more urgent because the demand has never been so high. Casting agents and theatre companies nationwide are aware of the quality of Millikin theatre and dance alumni and routinely hire them to work in network television, film, and theatre -- including some of Broadway's top shows.
Millikin alumni are in demand:
- Broadway productions, including Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, The Little Mermaid, War
Horse, Mary Poppins, Newsies and many more.
- Film, television and theatre productions, including True Blood, Grimm, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Dallas, The
Surrogate, 24 and Cold Case, and Cirque du Soleil's productions of
The Beatles LOVE, Iris, Zarkana and Corteo.
- International tours, including Jesus Christ Superstar, West Side Story, Grease, 42nd Street and Fame: The
- National tours, including Sister Act, Billy Elliot, A Chorus Line, Legally Blonde, Chicago and Mamma
Numerous respected theatre companies, including Chicago Shakespeare
Theatre, The Goodman Theatre (Chicago), Signature Theatre (Arlington Virginia),
5th Street Playhouse (Seattle), Walnut Street Theatre (Philadelphia), Roundabout
Theatre Company (New York), and Guthrie Theatre (Minneapolis) to name just a few.
03|07 Caterpillar Donates $1 milllion
As a part of the Caterpillar Foundation’s previously announced investment in Millikin University, Wednesday, February 22, 2012, marked another momentous occasion as the Caterpillar Foundation made its second payment of $1 million in Millikin University. This investment is part of...
06|03 Caterpillar Foundation and Oberhelmans offer matching grants
The matching grant challenges are part of an $11.5 million total investment made to the “Transform MU” capital campaign by the Caterpillar Foundation and Caterpillar CEO Douglas Oberhelman ’75 and his wife, Diane.
03|28 $11.5 million commitment to Transform MU campaign
Through the combined generosity of Trustee Emeritus Doug Oberhelman '75, his wife, Diane and the Caterpillar Foundation, it is the largest pledge of support in the history of the university.
01|28 Campus Community Challenge a Success.
The three-month Campus Community Campaign concluded in December 2010 with 53 percent of the campus participating.
GIVING IN ACTION
Whether you donate to the university and invest in future students, volunteer your time at the university, or advocate for the school through recruitment or other programs, your efforts benefit the entire unive
Scott Flora, President, Covidien Surgical Devices
Alumni, Class of 1978
When I was invited to deliver the baccalaureate address during Commencement 2004, I challenged the graduating class to give something back to their new alma mater. Soon after, I had to honestly ask
Father Nicholas W. Smith
Alumni, Class of 1983