Andie Burns ’14, Millikin University
Major/Minor: BFA Stage Management, Communication Minor
Production Manager, Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre (2015-2017)
First Year Experience Mentor, Millikin University (2015 and 2017)
Greek Life Ambassador, Millikin University (2016-2017)
Videographer, Millikin School of Theatre and Dance (2014-2018)
Script Library Manager, Millikin School of Theatre and Dance (2015-2018)
Active Member/PACE Chair/Greek Week Chair, Alpha Chi Omega
Lifetime Member, Alpha Psi Omega
President, Physical Graffiti Campus Hip-Hop Dance Team (Spring 2017)
Student Representative, Student Advisory Council (2016-2017)
Administrative Support and Videographer, Shakespeare Corrected*
*Shakespeare Corrected is the only program in the nation that involves undergrads in the therapeutic process of working with offenders in a correctional center to produce a Shakespeare play
Why did you choose Millikin University?
“I picked Millikin on April 30th, which is the day before we had to decide our collegiate fates and ultimately it came down to Millikin v. Muhlenberg. At the time, I had an internship at Muhlenberg for the summer and I felt really comfortable going there. However, I decided life was too short to go to a school I was already comfortable at so I moved 14 hours away to really challenge myself personally and professionally. Millikin has a very strong program that is growing into one of the best collegiate theater programs in the nation and I really wanted to be a part of putting this random school in Decatur, IL on the map.”
What has been the highlight of your college career thus far?
“The highlight has been getting to production manage for our student-run theater company, Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre. PDST was the first theater experience I had at Millikin and I knew I wanted to give back to the company and help it grow. Consequently, I interviewed for the Production Manager position as a freshman. I ended up not getting it for the training semester, but the student who did get the job dropped at the end of her training so I got called in. I ended up not having my training semester under the last Production Manager, so I literally just had to sink or swim. I could not imagine a better way to get an irreplaceable theater education than this opportunity. I have gotten countless second and third round interviews and job offers because of this position and it has made my collegiate education that much more valuable.”
How did your time at Moravian Academy prepare you for college?
“Moravian Academy absolutely prepared me time-management wise. I understood my needs academically before getting to school and I knew how to work in order to give my best academic performance. Also, since Millikin is a smaller school I already knew how to communicate well with my professors and make the most out of those connections. Overall, I had an excellent academic foundation that a lot of my peers did not have prior to Millikin. My academic discipline learned at Moravian Academy afforded me countless opportunities and I was absolutely prepared to continue into higher education.”
What are your career aspirations?
“My plans for post graduation are to work on National Tours as a Production Stage Manager for a few years and then ultimately end up in New York working on brand new workshopping musicals tracked for Broadway.”