Jenny Bacon is an award-winning stage and screen actress. Beginning her professional career in Chicago, with the world-famous Steppenwolf ensemble, she also earned a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University’s Performance Studies department; she has performed in countless groundbreaking productions with Chicago’s revolutionary theater makers. Soon, her career expanded to the great regional theaters, where she continued to develop her award-winning work. Ivo van Hove brought her to New York City for his very first American productions, which were then performed in Europe, to great accolades. Jenny made New York City her home on her return from Europe, where her career has expanded even further, working directly with trailblazing and extraordinary artists from around the world.
Jenny is always alive to the room, and her performances are imbued with honesty and emotional depth. On film and television, she has run the gamut, playing forgiving good guys to tormented psycho killers and back again, sometimes in less than an hour! Jenny has worked in numerous films and tv shows, including (of course) all three Law & Orders. She was recently dubbed “Queen of the Procedurals” on the podcast “That’s Messed Up!”, for the unusually wide range of characters she has brought to life. Jenny’s performances are always engaging. Her performances onscreen are compelling, with a vulnerable honesty and emotional depth.
Airing on prime time now, you can see her as Francine Yenko, the sensitive wife of Captain Stan Yenko (played by the extraordinary Richard Kind) on the acclaimed new CBS show, East New York.