Originally from a small town in rural Utah, Milinda grew up on a family farm feeding cows and pressing apples. She loved to dance, sing, paint, and perform and eventually found a place where she could do all of these; the theatre.
Milinda began her education at Snow College and went on to earn her MFA in Theatrical Arts, with an emphasis in Scenic, Lightning, and Media Design from the Caine College of Fine Arts, Utah State University.
Milinda knew early in her academic studies that she wanted to be an educator as well as a designer. Throughout her education she was able to work with wonderful mentors who helped create spectacular opportunities, and, at the age of twenty-four, she returned to Snow College to begin her career as an educator.
While working at Snow College from 2009-2022 she advanced to the rank of Associate Professor, garnered over 75 design credits, taught and developed over a dozen unique courses, directed ten main stage productions, served as a College Faculty Senator for the Division of Fine Arts for two consecutive terms, was a board member for the Utah Theatre Association, and was the Head of the Theatre Design and Tech program.
In 2022, Milinda joined the faculty at Brigham Young University as an Associate Professor in the Theatre and Media Arts Department. She continues her passion for teaching as the scenic design professor and mentor to student designers while still pursuing her own research and service in the arts.
Milinda’s other professional credits include numerous design and technical positions for companies such as Maine State Musical Theater, Fulton Theater Company, Tuacahn Center for the Arts, Pickleville Playhouse, Lyric Repertory Company, and Sundance Summer Theatre.
She is a member of the United States Institute of Theater Technology (USITT), and the Scene Artists Guild.