Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Lori Bales

Associate Professor of Theatre/Director of New Musicals Workshop

B.A. in Theatre – Miami University (Oxford Ohio)

M.F.A. in Directing – Florida State University

Professional Affiliations: National Alliance for New Musicals (NAMT), Centro Studi Italiani: Urbania, Italy, Academy of New Musical Theatre (ANMT)


Prior to arriving at Millikin University, Lori Bales spent 6 years on faculty at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  She joined the Millikin faculty in 2000 where she pioneered and continues to develop the New Musicals Workshop, the mission of which is to serve writing teams in the development of new musicals; collaborations include: The Academy of New Musical Theatre (2007), Theatre Building Chicago (2008), Dani Girl by Kooman & Dimond and Appalachian Trails by Mann & Thomson (2009), Golden Gate by Kooman & Dimond (2010), String by Adam Gwon & Sarah Hammond, Getting There by Ben Morss & Les Hunter (2011) and The Grid by Marisa Michelson & Frank Terry (2012). The workshops for String and The Grid were supported in part through grants from the National Fund for New Musicals, a program of National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT). 


Lori has taught in the Millikin Study Abroad program spending a semester in London in the Fall of 2005 and most recently in Urbania, Italy with the Tabor School of Business summer immersion program in entrepreneurship.  In New York, Lori spent 2 summers in the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab (adjudicated acceptance) and has interned for Ensemble Studio Theatre and Harold Prince Productions.  Lori has adjudicated for Theatre Building Chicago’s STAGES festival of new musicals, and is a member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) for whom she has served on the New Works Committee.. In addition to teaching and directing the New Musicals Workshops at Millikin, Lori has directed The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Golden Gate (collegiate premiere), Urinetown, Shape of Things, Arcadia, Eleemosynary, The Secret Garden, Hayfever, Into the Woods, Jekyll & Hyde, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Other directing credits include Hair, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taffetas, The Sum of Us, The Diary of Adam and Eve, The Fantasticks, Cabaret, Company, West Side Story, Grease, The Real Inspector Hound, A Chorus Line, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood.


Disciplines: Directing, Musical Theatre, Acting, Text Analysis & Dramaturgy, New Musicals Development

Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL