Millikin University Center for Theater and Dance
Decatur, Illinois

The new Center for Theatre and Dance will bring together the diverse needs of the university’s nationally ranked undergraduate program in musical theater, which now subsists in multiple retrofit spaces spread throughout Decatur. The centerpiece of the new building is a 265-seat courtyard theater with overhead wire grid, side wall galleries, and under stage traproom. A safe and efficient platform system allows the theater to be transformed in a few hours to endstage, thrust, traverse, and arena configurations. Exceptional studio and production spaces round out a building dedicated to developing young performing artists, technicians, designers, and artisans.

Institution
Millikin University

Architect
BLDD Architects

Acoustician
Threshold

Project Manager
Bradley Owens

Construction Manager
CORE Construction

Users
School of Theater and Dance

Construction Type
New

Square Feet
61,000

Cost
$26 million

Completion
2020

Spaces
265-seat flexible theater
Six acting and dance studios
Lighting and sound lab
Shops

Photo: © BLDD Architects