Interim Provost Mary Black joined the faculty at Millikin in 2009 as an Assistant Professor of Theatre. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 2015 and to Professor in 2021, and most recently served five years as the Director of the School of Theatre and Dance. She holds a BA in theatre from the University of Iowa and an MFA in Theatre Technology from Indiana University. Her primary area of teaching and research is in theatrical production and technical direction, but she has also produced artistic work in the areas of theatrical scenic and lighting design. Professor Black is actively involved in the United State Institute for Theatre Technology, serving in various leadership positions over the past 10 years as well in addition to presenting at the national conferences. Outside of Millikin, Mary is a proud Decatur Public Schools mom of two, wife, arts patron, and runner.