Jeanne T. Arrigo
Though JEANNE T. ARRIGO grew up in Missouri, then went to college in Iowa, she has been a Chicagoan for 30 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 has now added fiddle, mandolin, and accordion to her skills. Some of Jeanne’s favorite projects have been with Paramount Theatre (“Once”), Lookingglass Theatre Co. ("Eastland”), Steppenwolf Theatre (understudying 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).
Jeanne has a BS in both theatre and psychology, and an M.Ed. in School Psychology. 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 (any day now!) and SAG/AFTRA (done!); 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.
Favorite things besides her husband: strong coffee, wine, sushi, chocolate, crocheting, baking, shopping at second hand stores, traveling, fiddling, and her rescue dog, Tippy!