Juliane Ethel Leilani Miller Studio Theatres

Dedicated on March 6th, 2008, and October 23rd, 2008, the Juliane Ethel Leilani Miller Studio Theatres—affectionately known as “Jewels 1” and “Jewels 2″—were funded through a generous donation from the family of Juliane Miller, a CFA School of Theatre student who died of a heart attack on August 31, 2006, five days before she was to begin her junior year. Her family, including her parents Loren and Noanie Miller, and her grandparents Herman and Joane Miller, funded the renovation of two of the College’s third-floor studios at 855 Commonwealth Avenue to honor their late daughter’s love of the arts. The Miller Studio Theatres—which are outfitted with sprung dance floors, new lighting grids and equipment, black duvetyne curtains, and flexible seating risers—act as home to numerous classes and six productions each season, including the annual Theatre Arts Directors’ Project.

Juliane will be remembered as a strong, positive influence on the Class of 2008; an individual who loved every possible facet of theatre, stood up for what she believed in, and made every moment a little more enjoyable. Juliane Ethel Leilani Miller was born on December 12, 1985 in Kauai, Hawaii, on her mother’s birthday. When Juliane was three years old, the family relocated to the Bay Area in California, where Juliane was raised and became heavily involved with the local theatre community. It was during winter break of Juliane’s kindergarten year that her parents first took her to the Children’s Theatre in Palo Alto. She instantly fell in love with the stage.  She knew at that early age she wanted to be an actor, and her passion for the theatre was instantly born. Juliane had the opportunity to study at a variety of schools and training programs including the Menlo Park Academy of Dance, Menlo Atherton High School, the American Conservatory Theater, Stanford University School of Drama, and Palo Alto High School. Juliane was involved with the Palo Alto Children’s Theater where she not only acted, but also taught for the company’s Young Conservatory students and worked backstage as a part of the junior staff, sewing, painting sets, and lending a hand wherever needed. By the time Juliane was accepted to Boston University School of Theatre, she had been in no less than fifty theatrical productions. Her life was absorbed by theatre; it truly was her bliss and, in the words of her parents, “We always encouraged her and felt so fortunate she never once steered off her career choice.”

“Jewels 2” Dedication Photo Gallery

The School of Theatre celebrated the dedication of “Jewels 2” on October 23rd, 2008. Guests included Boston University President Robert Brown and his wife, Dr. Beverly Brown, as well as then College of Fine Arts Dean ad interim Walt Meissner, School of Theatre Director Jim Petosa, Loren and Noanie Miller, and a host of Juliane Miller’s friends and family.