Carin Silkaitis - Columbia College Chicago

Carin Silkaitis

Allen and Lynn Turner Chair


Carin Silkaitis is the Allen and Lynn Turner Chair of the Theatre Department at Columbia College Chicago. Carin is a working actor from Chicago who is represented by Gray Talent Group. She is a proud member of AEA and SAG/AFTRA. Carin’s notable TV/Film credits include: Co-Star on EMPIRE (FOX), CHICAGO FIRE (NBC) & THE RED LINE (CBS), Nurse in the SAG Feature UNEXPECTED (currently on Netflix), and Joy in the award-winning short BEING HERE (winner - Best Supporting Performer, Berkshire Short Film Fest). Notable theatre credits include: Mama in A SHAYNA MAIDEL (TimeLine Theatre Co), Mother/Defense Attorney in MACHINAL and Me in I DO TODAY (Greenhouse Theater Center), Chloe in LIPS TOGETHER, TEETH APART (Eclipse Theatre), Doctor Manor in SONS OF THE PROPHET and Mama/Sherry/Vera u/s (American Theatre Company), Queen Margaret in RICHARD III (Oak Park Festival Theatre), Dean Wreen in SEVEN HOMELESS MAMMOTHS WANDER NEW ENGLAND (Theater Wit), and Izzy in RABBIT HOLE (u/s Goodman Theatre). Some of her favorite directing credits include: LA BOHEME, LA TRAVIATA, and MADAMA BUTTERFLY (Music By The Lake). She recently directed the world premiere of THROUGH THE ELEVATED LINE at Silk Road Rising which was nominated for a 2018 Jeff Award for Best New Work. At the college level - a few of her favorite’s include: THE LARAMIE PROJECT, ENVOY, PHEDRE, THE FLICK, 4.48 PSYCHOSIS, and SPRING AWAKENING. Carin has also appeared in numerous commercials and industrials, and she has lent her talents to many voiceovers and print gigs. Carin is a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf, and she received her M.F.A in Acting from the Theatre Conservatory at Roosevelt University.

Instructional Areas

Carin has been teaching in Chicagoland for the past 23 years. Her favorite subjects include: Acting on Camera, Realism/Naturalism, and Acting Shakespeare.

Creative Practice and Research Interests

Carin has been training in Feldenkrais in her spare time. She is also a certified Title IX Investigator and a certified Green Dot instructor. She is interested in gender and sexuality studies.


B.A., Psychology, Communication, Theatre Indiana University 1993
M.F.A., Theater Roosevelt University 1999