Monday, February 3, 2020
Forbes Center Recital Hall



Are you looking for an opportunity to connect with successful performing and visual arts alumni and learn about their careers? Come to The World of Visual and Performing Artists to network and hear directly from a panel of accomplished young alumni representing the School of Theatre and Dance, School of Music, and School of Art, Design and Art History. Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be provided. Attire is business casual. RSVP on Handshake so we know you are coming!



  • 4:00-4:15pm- Students arrive and connect with alumni
  • 4:15-4:30pm- Welcome from Acting Dean of CVPA Rubén Graciani and introductions
  • 4:30-5:30pm- Panel with CVPA alumni, facilitated by Sheena Ramirez, CVPA Director of Recruitment
  • 5:30- 6:00pm- Networking reception with students and alumni


  • Sheena Ramirez: Facilitator, Director of Recruitment, CVPA


evanduffyprofileimageEvan Duffy (2012 SOM): LA-Based Film and TV Composer

Evan Duffy is a Los Angeles based composer providing compelling original musical scores for films, television, and video games. A frequent collaborator of film composer Brian Tyler, Evan has worked most recently on major motion pictures such as Charlie’s Angels, Crazy Rich Asians, The Fate of the Furious, and The Avengers: Age of Ultron. In addition to his film work, Evan also works on Swamp Thing, MacGyver, Magnum P.I., and Hawaii Five-0. In 2019 Evan scored the hit Broadway show The Illusionists which premiered at the Neil Simon Theater in New York, as well as Now You See Me Live, a collaboration with Lionsgate films which toured in China. Evan is currently working on the next installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise with Brian Tyler. Evan graduated from JMU in 2012 with majors in in Music Composition and Piano Performance.

moiragallagherprofilephotoMoira Gallagher (2010 SADAH): Research Associate in American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Moira Gallagher is a Research Associate for decorative arts in the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she has contributed to various publications and exhibitions including Collecting Inspiration: Edward C. Moore at Tiffany & Co. (2020), Jewelry: The Body Transformed (2018), and Artistic Furniture of the Gilded Age (2015). After graduating magna cum laude with a BA in Art History from James Madison University (2009), Moira held various curatorial positions, including those at James Madison’s Montpelier, The Smithsonian, US Department of State, and Sumpter Priddy III Antiques. She completed her M.A. in the History of Decorative Arts at George Mason University-The Smithsonian Associates (2013).

sarahgosselinprofilephotoSarah Gosselin (2008 STAD): Dance Medicine Physical Therapist at Sentara RMH and adjunct faculty with JMU Dance department

 Sarah Gosselin graduated from JMU in 2008 with a BA in Dance. She then obtained her Doctorate in Physical Therapy, and returned to the Harrisonburg area to focus on dance medicine, providing education and treatment to the same program she graduated from. Sarah is adjunct faculty within the JMU Dance department, and also helps run a local non-profit dance organization, the Harrisonburg Dance Cooperative.

Shannon Kingett (2010 SOM): Director of Content and Special Projects for the Tony Award®-winning stage production and 8th story in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Shannon Kingett is the Director of Content and Special Projects for the Tony Award®-winning stage production and 8th story in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, currently playing on Broadway and in cities across the globe. Over the course of her career, she has worked in various capacities across over twenty-five different Broadway shows, including hits like Hello, Dolly!, The Book of Mormon, and Chicago.  She specializes in content strategy and creation, building and executing promotional events, and facilitating brand partnerships. Shannon is a 2010 graduate of JMU’s School of Music where she majored in Voice with a concentration in Music Theatre.

deannakennetprofilephotoDeanna Kennett (2006 SOM): Senior Manager of Education for Ensemble Connect at Carnegie Hall in NYC

Deanna Kennett believes in the importance of empowering musicians to engage meaningfully and purposefully with all audiences.  Deanna has spent the past 11 years working at Carnegie Hall in New York City where she is the Senior Manager of Education for Ensemble Connect, a two-year fellowship program that prepares extraordinary young professional classical musicians for careers that combine musical excellence with teaching, community engagement, advocacy, entrepreneurship, and leadership.  A double bassist, Deanna graduated from James Madison University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Music and completed a Master of Public Administration at Baruch College in 2016.  

linaleeprofilephotoLina Lee (2015 STAD): Professional actor, dancer, singer, model. Credits include Miss Saigon on Broadway, numerous regional theatre and film and TV performances.

Lina Lee is an actor, dancer, singer, and model. She graduated from JMU in 2015 with a BA in Theatre and Dance and then moved to NYC. She performed in the Tony nominated Broadway production of Miss Saigon Revival (The Broadway Theatre), as well as on TV: Gotham (Fox) and Tony Awards (CBS). Additional New York credits include: Broadway Bares (2017/2018), Broadway Barkada’s LUMIPAD (Alvin Ailey), A Paradise Lost (Carnegie Hall), Miss Saigon Reunion (54 Below), Green Room 42 (NAAP), and Broadway at W. Washington DC credits include: A Chorus Line (Signature Theatre), and Cabaret (Olney Theatre Center). Lina has also performed regionally in A Chorus Line (Connie/Dance Captain), Legally Blonde (Pilar), Chicago (Annie/Roxie US), Les Miserables (Eponine), and Miss Saigon (Mimi).

danniobrienprofilephotoDanielle O'Brien (2015 SADAH): Interdisciplinary artist in residence at Baltimore Clayworks

Danni O'Brien is an artist and works professionally as an art handler and art educator while maintaining an active interdisciplinary visual art practice. Danni recently attended artist residencies in New York, London, and Buenos Aires, and has shown her work up and down the east coast. Dani maintains a studio practice in Baltimore, Maryland and is the current interdisciplinary artist in residence at the Baltimore Clayworks. After graduating magna cum laude from JMU in 2015 with a BFA in Studio Art, a minor in Art History, and K-12 Art Education license, Danni worked as a certified art teacher and artist for Fairfax County Public Schools.  

joshsmeadprofilephotoJosh Smead (2012 SADAH): Associate Lead for Crawford Architects Honolulu Branch in Honolulu, Hawaii overseeing the New Aloha Stadium Entertainment District (NASED) project

Josh Smead is an Associate Architect for Crawford Architects where he specializes in sports architecture and he recently opened the new Crawford Honolulu branch of the firm. Josh is the local lead overseeing the New Aloha Stadium Entertainment District (NASED) project. After graduating from JMU in 2012 with a BA in Art History and a Minor in Art, with course work devoted to Interior Architecture, Josh completed a Master of Architecture degree from Iowa State University in 2016. He worked for several architecture firms in Kansas City and he has worked on collegiate and professional league sports and entertainment facilities across the United States.


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