Jeanne T. Arrigo
Though JEANNE T. ARRIGO grew up in Missouri, then went to college in Iowa, she has been a Chicagoan for 25 years now, and considers herself practically a native. She’s been a performer as long as she can remember, first as a singer and actor, then adding guitar and songwriting to the mix, and is now additionally a fiddler. Some of Jeanne’s favorite projects have been performing with the Tony Award-winning Lookingglass Theatre Co. in the Jeff-nominated, folk-inspired new musical, "Eastland”; working with Steppenwolf Theatre on Tracy Letts’ three recent world premieres; and self-producing two CDs of music (one containing all original songs; the other, a live concert of hymns set in an acoustic folk style).
In 1988, Jeanne graduated cum laude from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA, with a double major in theatre and psychology. She then obtained an M.Ed. in School Psychology from Loyola University in Chicago. In 1998 she left full time work to concentrate on music/songwriting and performing. Jeanne's music tends towards pop-folk, slice-of-life stories, often set in alternate guitar tunings, reminiscent of one of her musical idols, Joni Mitchell.
Jeanne is comfortable both in live theatre, and in front of the camera on set, finding it hard to choose one genre to focus on exclusively: "I want to do it all!" she's been heard to exclaim. Her goals are to be a Union actor with both Actor's Equity and SAG/AFTRA; to continue to grow musically and utilize these skills in performing work; to work on challenging, interesting, and fun projects which move the audience to feel, reflect, and grow; and to ultimately make a living through multiple aspects of this business.
Also, she loves strong coffee, red wine, sushi, chocolate, crocheting, baking, shopping at second hand stores, traveling, and fiddling!