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Date: Thursday 2/15
Location: Forbes Recital Hall
Time: 4:00-4:50PM

How will you “create your path” as an artist in the real-world? Learn from accomplished performing and visual arts alumni about their various career endeavors. Alumni - Marion Grey, Katie McKinney and Joe Jaxson - will join us to share their insight and expertise.


Moderator: Paula Polglase

paula_polglase_headshot.pngPaula Polglase (’92, ’96M) is the Director of Alumni Relations and the Executive Director of the JMU Alumni Association. Paula earned a bachelor’s in communication studies and a master’s in College Student Personnel Administration both from JMU. She has worked in various departments across Student Affairs as well as University Advancement. Most recently, she served as the Development Officer liaison to the College of Visual and Performing Arts, working with donors who contributed during the very successful Unleashed comprehensive campaign. 

Panelist: Marion Grey


Marion Grey (STAD ‘17 - Theatre) 

Marion Grey is currently based in New York City and is a 2023 graduate of Juilliard’s MFA Acting Program - Group 52. Her graduated from James Madison University in 2017 with her bachelor's degree. Originally from Roanoke, Virginia, Marion is half-Sierra Leonean and speaks English and Italian. In addition to being a trained actor, Marion is also a poet, singer/songwriter, and composer. Her first EP is currently available on Spotify.

Panelist: Katie McKinney


Katie McKinney (SADAH ‘11 - Art History) 

Katie McKinney, 2011 alumni from JMU, went on to receive her Master’s Degree in American Material Culture at the University of Delaware (‘15) and is now found in Colonial Williamsburg, VA. At the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Katie works as the Margaret Beck Pritchard Associate Curator of Maps & Prints. She has worked in several positions at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation since 2016. 

Panelist: Joe Jaxson


Joe Jaxson (SOM ‘22 - Composition) 

A recent 2022 graduate of JMU, Joe Jaxson now studies on fellowship for his Master’s in Composition at the University of Texas at Austin. While studying at JMU, he was under the instruction of Ian Zook, Eric Guinivan, and Jason Haney. At UT-Austin, Joe studies under Donald Grantham, Yevgeniy Sharlat, Omar Thomas (‘06), and Sam Lipman. He aims to work in multiple mediums while already having successes in the wind ensemble, chamber, film, and orchestral works. 

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