You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to celebrate PRIDE at Steppenwolf as part of their LookOut Series this year!. AND ... we're delighted to welcome Carin Silkaitis to YBR to share a story with us and help us celebrate ... learn a little about Carin here and get your tickets!
Carin Silkaitis has spent the last 17 years teaching and directing at North Central College, but she'll be heading to Columbia College Chicago this fall to begin a new adventure as the Chair of the Theatre Department. She's a working actor, a pround member of Actors Equity Association, and the founding Artistic Director of Other Theatre Company, a not-for-profit organization committed to telling stories about persons or groups who are othered by systems of oppression
Who is your favorite queer icon?
I love Ellen DeGeneres. In 1997 Ellen came out on national television... exactly two months before I married a man (even though I knew I was gay). I watched Ellen go through coming out, having her television show canceled, etc... Ups and Downs. Her courage gave me courage. It took me close to 8 years... but I finally owned who I am and came out of the closet. I was terrified of not being "normal" and watching Ellen on television helped... as corny as it sounds. She made being a lesbian normal for me. She made coming out possible for me. Thanks Ellen...