Dir/Millikin Arts Academy
School of Theatre and Dance

Marie Jagger-Taylor

Colorado College: BA in Liberal Arts with a Business, Government and Performing Arts concentration.

Member of Actors Equity Association, Chicago National Association of Dance Master and a Certified Dance Educator. She is a past member of AFTRA and SAG.

Recipient of the 2011 Women of Excellence award for her work in the Cultural Arts, the 2013 Jennifer Song Community Spirit Award and most recently was awarded the 2018 honorable mention in the Excellence in Theatre Education Tony Award category presented by Carnegie Mellon University.

Currently Marie serves as the Cultural Arts Manager for the Decatur Park District where previous to this she enjoyed being a professional actress/dancer/choreographer and director who has an extensive performing career in NYC, Chicago, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Florida, Canada and national tours including A Chorus Line and It’s A Wonderful Life. Marie also appeared in countless television commercials, industrials and resident theatre companies. She was a freelance director/choreographer until she met her agrarian husband, Jody, and settled down in rural Macon where they reside with their 3 children. She has developed curricula and taught musical theatre and dance in various capacities for the past 30+ years. Jagger-Taylor currently serves as adjunct professor of dance at Millikin University (Decatur, IL) and prior to coming to the Park District, she was the Director of Education for the Little Theatre on the Square (Sullivan, IL) for 10 years. In this role, she started and oversaw the S.T.A.R. (Student Theatre Art Reach) program, developed their Dance and Drama educational programs including program syllabi for all workshops, sessions, camps and classes. She was intimately involved in all aspects of the Little Theatre On The Square"s theatre operations, including directing, choreographing, performing, teaching drama/dance instruction, and overseeing sets/costumes/lighting for their mainstage and touring productions. At the Decatur Park District, Jagger-Taylor has been instrumental in building community interest and involvement in the arts, where she manages all of their Cultural Arts programming and served as the co-host for the Parks at Five radio show.

Disciplines taught at Millikin University include Jazz I, Tap I and Tap II