Shannon Greene Robb
Founder and Executive Director
The Founder and Executive Director of ArranmoreArts and CEO of Arranmore Events, Shannon has more than 30 years of experience as a performer and instructor. She is a classically trained pianist, having graduated from the Chicago Academy of the Arts. Shannon’s music education continued with a full piano scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston. Tendonitis forced her playing into a hiatus and she returned to Chicago, where she earned a Bachelors of Music in Music Education from DePaul University, followed by a Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College.
Shannon has collaborated with artists throughout Chicago to create work that defies the traditional constraints and labels of “art” and is currently a member of the folk n’ rock band, Birdie Wing, which was the #2 band in the folk category on ReverbNation for the Chicago market.
Her work has been featured in multi-media installations and performances at Chicago area venues including Woman Made Gallery, Glass Curtain Gallery, Links Hall and Ruth Page Center for Dance. She was the first alumna to be named Chair of the Music Department at The Chicago Academy for the Arts and has worked as Musical Director for various theatre companies and schools throughout Chicagoland since 1990.
Since returning to the Chicagoland area, Shannon has parlayed her skills as a networker and connector to conceive and bring to life the arts non-profit, ArranmoreArts, which is dedicated to inspiring and nurturing the creative spirit in children and adults through unique and experiential programming and performances. Arranmore Events was founded to manage events at Arranmore Farm & Polo Club, owned by her family.
Today, Arranmore Events manages a variety of events at Arranmore Farm & Polo Club, including ArranmoreArts’ signature event, Cabernet Cabaret “CabCab,” weddings, corporate events, polo games and other charitable events.
Lara has been a lifelong artist and entertainer, beginning side by side with her parents, singing on commercial jingles from the age of 5. She attended the Chicago Academy for the Arts, where she met, Shannon Greene Robb. These two formed a bond over music, becoming writing partners, a passion they still pursue together in Lara’s original band project, Birdie Wing, scheduled to release their debut album in 2015. Upon graduation as a vocal performance major, Lara traveled with National tours, performing leading roles in Evita, The Wizard of Oz and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Settling back in Chicago, Lara has become a mainstay of the theatre scene, having performed on nearly every stage in the region. Most recently she has made appearances in featured roles at The Paramount Theatre, Victory Gardens and Court Theatre. Lara is also an active director and playwright, with over half a dozen of her adaptations, plays and musicals produced in the Chicagoland area. Her original, literary-based children’s productions continue to tour through the ArranmoreArts InspirEd program to schools, libraries and cultural venues. She also regularly teaches master classes and provides individual coaching for young performers in the area. Lara is a member of SAG/AFTRA and Actor’s Equity Association.