Jean Vanier has worked every aspect of theatre and visual arts. She holds a Masters of Arts in theatre from the University of Illinois Chicago Campus and a B.A. in Drama and Speech from Clarke University in Dubuque Iowa. She has worked an actor, director, producer, writer, educator, costume and set designer, puppeteer and vocalist. She has designed murals, banners, and been a successful folk artist.
She is multiple listed with talent agencies all around the country. She has worked for clients such as Enterprise Car Rental, Disney, Joanne’s Fabrics, WXRT, Krause Funeral Home, Procter and Gamble, to mention a few, and appeared in a number of independent films.
She has also toured the country appearing in Menopause the Musical, The Music Man at Prather Theatre in Florida and Arizona, Once Upon a Mattress at the Red Barn theatre in Saugatuck, MI, Hats the Musical at Tampa Bay , Performing Arts Center. Her most recent Chicago credits are as Mrs. Ruddle in Busman’s Honeymoon at Lifeline Theatre and Frau Farenkoph in The Night of the Iguana at Raven theatre. She has worked at Northlight theatre, Remy Bumppo, Shakespeare’s Motley crew, National Past Time to name a few. She also did a season at the Illinois Shakespeare festival.
Currently she is the artistic director of her company Jeannie McQueenie Productions. She writes musical puppets shows and builds her own original designed puppets to perform in schools, birthday parties, and special events.
She is a certified teacher for grades sixth through twelve. She has studied with Patsy Rodenburg, Bart Sher, Glenn Haines, Dan Lamorte, Kyle Donnelley, Steve Scott, Jane Alderman, and Steven Ivich.
She has produced one of her original musicals Vasilissa the Beautiful and is also studying Musical Theatre writing with John Sparks at The Light Opera Works.
She was awarded a $50,000 grant from then state representative, Tom Dart, to develop a program to introduce the works of William Shakespeare to the children on the south side of Chicago. She was able to hire thirteen teachers and work with over one thousand children in the course of eight months.
At the present time she is working on an arts program for the women and children in Maria Shelter.