Theatre & Dance Building Project

Give to the Dr. David Golden Memorial

Why create a new home for theatre and dance?The spaces currently used for theatre and dance are overcrowded and outdated.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 Musical.
  • National tours, including Sister Act, Billy Elliot, A Chorus Line, Legally Blonde, Chicago and Mamma Mia.
  • 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|03 A message from Laura Ledford, Dean of the College of Fine Arts
A message from Laura Ledford, Dean of the College of Fine Arts
02|28 #DocGolden's Green Room Project: Total after two-day blitz is more than $21,500
With more than 100 people giving in just two days, we have raised 61.5% of the $35,000 needed to name the Green Room in the new Center for Theatre and Dance in honor of Dr. David "Doc" Golden, the former department chair. Although this two-day concentrated blitz through email and social media has ended, the effort to raise the funds will continue. We will keep going until each dollar is raised for the #DocGolden Green Room Project. If you weren't able to make a donation yet, know that you can still give. Let's do this for Doc!
11|06 Help name a space in the new Center for Theatre and Dance in memory of Dr. David Golden
Help name a space in the new Center for Theatre and Dance in memory of Dr. David Golden, professor emeritus and former department chair. His family requested that donations be sent to Millikin in his memory toward the goal of naming the green room in the planned new Center for Theatre and Dance in his memory. To reach this goal, we must raise $35,190.
03|07 Caterpillar Donates $1 million
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...


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