Mary Jo earned her B.A. in theater from Illinois State University and has studied at the University of Nice/Academy of the Arts in Nice, France.
She is best known for playing Elijah Wood's mother in the family favorite film: Flipper.
Mary Jo is a staple in the Chicago theatre, commercial, industrial, and voice over community appearing in over 100 regional, national, and international spots including: Shake & Bake, Chunk E. Cheese, Cellular One, Shout, United Airlines, Oscar Mayer, American Express, and Kelloggs… to name a few.
She has had roles in the feature films: Contagion, Roundabout American, Hardball, and The Smokers, and has served as TV host on the WTTW Pledge Drive, Know Your House, and The Home Builder's Expo.
In addition, Mary Jo has appeared in numerous plays throughout the Illinois theater community including The Outfit, A Lion in Winter, and The Hostage, as well as over 300 corporate and educational videos and films.