The stage is the only place I have ever wanted to be.

After performing in several theatre productions in Chicago, my most recent venture has added another title to my list: playwright.

After years of attending the William Inge Theatre Festival and meeting many of our country’s greatest playwrights, it became obvious that there was a fit for me amongst them.

All the pieces came together when I met my co-writer for Resurfacing in 2009. Often in life, it takes more than one person to carry out a new vision; it takes the collaboration of imaginative people with the same work ethic. This truth helped to bring the idea for Resurfacing to fruition.

With that said, it’s been my great pleasure to learn the principles of juggling the roles of actor, playwright, and producer. And the adventure continues still.

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YOU & ME PRODUCTIONS

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You & Me Productions is a multi-faceted production company in Chicago.  Since I founded the company in 2011, You & Me has been dedicated to providing support and opportunities for artistic expression.

It began with my first world premiere play, Resurfacing, which I self-produced and co-wrote with Emily Vajda in 2011. Stoop Time was the second world premiere to launch under this umbrella.

You & Me will continue on as long as there are artists who believe in imagination and have the courage to share their artistry with the world.

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ACTING ROLES

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The Scarecrow by Percy MacKaye
Lead Role; Goody Rickby.
Produced by Theatre Hikes, Chicago, IL. Director, Frank Farrell.
Staged October and November of 2010 in Chicago, IL.

Hot L Baltimore by Landford Wilson
Supporting Role; Mrs. Belloti.
Produced by Act One Studios, Chicago, IL. Director, Ann Filmer.
Staged May 2008 in Chicago, IL (No Pictures, Nikki).

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farms by Kate Douglas Wiggin
Supporting role; Mrs. Perkins.
Produced by Theatre Hikes, Chicago, IL. Director Frank Farrell.
Staged May–September 2008 in Chicago, IL.

Resurfacing by Joni Arredia and Emily Vajda
World Premiere
Lead Role; Bebe.
Produced by You & Me Productions, Chicago, IL. Director, Darcy McGill.
Staged April and May 2011 in Chicago, IL.

STOOP TIME by Joni Arredia
World Premiere
Lead Role; Nora
Produced by You & Me Productions, Chicago, IL. Director: Jacqueline Stone
Staged at Greenhouse Theater in Chicago, IL , July and August 2014

 

REVIEWS FOR ``RESURFACING``

“Thought provoking and gut wrenching entertainment. An impressive, dramatic play that stirs up emotions andconversations by anyone who sees it. Resurfacing leaves you wanting more”

—Jodi Jaffe

Amazing play! Very powerful and thought provoking. A play everyone should see…you won’t be disappointed! Really gets you thinking. Though I was emotionally exhausted at the end, I wanted more. Joni, I loved seeing you and Chuck, you were awesome!

—Betsy Rumpf

Joni, Resurfacing was fantastic! You did an amazing job!

—Marc Muinzer

Joni, congrats again! The script moved me and so did the performance!

—Jennifer Mayberry

Joni, loved your play. Very intense. Kudos to you and Emily for such emotional scenes. It brought tears to my eyes. Can’t wait for your next project. You never cease to amaze me with your talent. Loved seeing you and Chuck…miss you already!

—Mary Saddemi

A must see for everyone! Congratulations Joni – kudos to all of the cast as well! You guys were awesome! A very powerful play and well written!

—Dee Isaac

Joni, just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed Resurfacing! Wow! I loved the play — the dialogue was natural, realistic and compelling. What a heartfelt story! As for the performances, I was invested in the characters, emotionally involved and eager to watch what happened next. Bravo all around, Joni!

—Emily Eaton

The show was amazing! You and the cast were wonderful! And the play itself was very impactful. You are a very gifted writer and actress.

—Jessica Muinzer

It was intense! I realized how intense it was when I got back to my car and only an hour had passed.  I couldn’t believe it.  It felt as if it had been at least three hours. It is definitely a present-moment production! It was raw! If I would have gone earlier in its run, I would have gone to see it again, maybe even two more times! It was fantastic!…You, as the protective matriarchial figure, were a very pinnacle part in the outcome of the situation. You are just wonderful, and you played your part to the utmost!

–Deb Smith

ACTING RESUME

Joni Arredia
joniarredia@gmail.com
419-450-592

5’6″, 137 lbs.
Hair: Brown, Eyes: Green

Stoop Time
Produced by You & Me Productions, Role: Nora

Resurfacing
Produced by You & Me Productions, Role: Bebe

The Scarecrow
Produced by Theatre Hikes, Role: Goody Rickby

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
Produced by Theatre Hikes, Role: Mrs. Perkins

Hot L Baltimore
Produced by Act One Theatre, Role: Mrs. Belotti

Marvin’s Room
Produced by Act One Theatre, Role: Bessie

Audiobook reading for
Muliebrity: The Qualities of a Woman by Joni Arredia
Published 1997

Stoop Time by Joni Arredia
World Premiere
Produced by You and Me Productions, Chicago, IL. Director, Jacqueline Stone.
Staged July–August 2014 at Greenhouse Theater Center, Chicago, IL.

Resurfacing by Joni Arredia and Emily Vajda
World Premiere
Produced by You and Me Productions, Chicago, IL. Director, Darcy McGill.
Staged April and May 2011 in Chicago, IL.

Stoop Time by Joni Arredia
World Premiere
Produced by You and Me Productions, Chicago, IL. Director, Jacqueline Stone.
Staged July–August 2014 at Greenhouse Theater Center, Chicago, IL.

Resurfacing by Joni Arredia and Emily Vajda
World Premiere
Produced by You and Me Productions, Chicago, IL. Director, Darcy McGill.
Staged April and May 2011 in Chicago, IL.

Advanced Scene Study (Chekov), Zeljko Djukic, Tuta Theatre, Chicago
Advanced Scene Study (Pinter), Zeljko Djukic, Tuta Theatre, Chicago
Advanced Scene Study, Darrell W Cox, Profiles Theatre
Improv, Kimmie Warner, Act One Studios
Commercial Technique 1 & 2, Joanne Sylvestrak, Act One Studios
Viewpoints, Grant Stokes, Act One Studios
Private Voice Study, Barbara Kondalski, Sylvania, OH
TV/Film and Ear Prompting, Dan Flannery, Chicago, IL
Shakespeare/Combat, Debra Smith, Chicago, IL
On Camera Level 1 & 2, Murphy & Bradley, The Green Room
Advanced Acting Technique, Steve Merle, Act One Studio

  • Motivational speaker 30 years to date
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  • Authored two published books, narration
  • Accomplished artist (oil and acrylics)
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