They needed a 2-color logo, that represented the theatre department and incorporated school colors (or close to them). It would be used on everything from wall posters, t-shirts, coffee mugs and websites.
The two triangles serve double duty within the design. Though the M for Middleton is obvious, few people see the stage lights created by the bars reversed out of the red triangle. The logo has been well received, and I’m fine not everyone not understanding entire concept. It’s kinda like being part of an inside joke.