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About Me


I am a versatile Chicago theatre/film artist, and the Allen and Lynn Turner Chair of the Theatre Department of Columbia College Chicago. I am a working actor/director who is proud to be represented by Gray Talent Group in Chicago. I also coach actors, shoot headshots, and direct theatre and opera (at both the professional and academic levels). I am the Founding Artistic Director of Other Theatre in Chicago - a collective of artists devoted to telling stories about persons or groups who are othered by systems of oppression. I am so proud of this company. Please check us out at:

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I have heard people say that you should choose one thing and do it well, however, I strongly believe all of my roles in this business are interrelated. I use my acting skills when I'm directing... I use my directing skills when I'm coaching or shooting headshots... I use my photography skills when I'm creating pictures onstage. My skills are not mutually exclusive - they are reciprocal. And, most importantly, I love doing all of them. Equally.



*Photos of Carin were taken by Chris Popio

Carin Silkaitis - Chicago Theatre Artist