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Caroline Andres joined the Sweats in 2009 and has worked as an actress and theatre arts manager in Los Angeles and Chicago. As an actress she has performed most notably with Sacred Fools in LA where she earned a Drama Critics Award Nomination for comedic acting. Arts management highlights include Admin Director for Piven Theatre in Evanston and Arts Expand in Los Angeles, as well as running after-school arts programs for LA Unified School District and The Mark Taper Forum, and helping to found the Around the Coyote Festival in Chicago. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in Teaching.
Jane is a founding Sweat Girl member and is currently living in New York
city where she appeared off Broadway in Nancy Friday's My Secret Garden. In Chicago, her world
premiere roles included Winnie in Pulp (About Face Theater); Elizabeth
Willard in Winesburg, Ohio (About Face Theater/Steppenwolf); Creon in God
And Country and Sally Oglesby in Blissfield (both with Victory Gardens
Theater); and Elaine in James Lapine and William Finn's Muscle (Pegasus
Players). She also played Cynthia in the long-running hit A Girl's Guide To Chaos at the Royal George/Halsted Theater Center. Touring roles include the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz (Starlight Theater), the Female Authority Figure in the first national tour of Broadway's Hairspray, the Beggar Woman in the 2005 holiday tour of Scrooge The Musical with Richard Chamberlain (Blood Brothers), the Baker's Wife in the second national tour of Into The Woods (Big League), and the Middle Eastern tour of Side By Side By Sondheim (Pegasus Players). Jane is an accomplished cabaret singer and sang and played keyboards with the popular rockabilly band Flapperjack. She can be heard on their CD Andersonville. Jane created the cover art for the Sweat Girls' spoken word CD.
Cindy has been with the Sweat Girls since the collective was founded.
As the co-writer of Cooking With Lard and co-adaptor of Hen Lake, her
plays were both first produced at Lifeline Theatre. She was also a
teaching artist for Lifeline's education program and worked with youth
at various sites for Chicago's Hull House programs. She has written and
performed Evelyn Dances in Chicago, Louisville, and San Francisco, where
she was nominated for a Bay Area Critics Award. Cindy's recent play Henry & Helen was nominated for the Cherry Lane Theatre Mentor Project. She will soon be performing her performance piece, Me and My Chakras - One Woman's Search for Her Divine at ART/New York's South Oxford space in Brooklyn and is currently writing How Margaret Got Home, a performance piece loosely based on Homer's The Odyssey. Regionally she has acted at
Milwaukee Repertory Theater, San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, The
Hartford Stage, and the Huntington Theatre in Boston. She attended
Circle in the Square Theatre's two-year conservatory actor training
program. Most recently, Cindy was an Associate Director for White Bird
Productions in Brooklyn, New York. There she helped to run the wildly
popular Creative Theatrics Summer Theater Programs.
Dorothy is a founding member of Sweat Girls, has written and performed in most of the shows and directed several as well. She is also the artistic director of Lifeline Theatre, where she has directed numerous Jeff citation and After Dark award-winning productions including Around the World in 80 Days, Jane Eyre, Pistols for Two, The Talisman Ring, Gaudy Night, Strong Poison and A Room with a View. Dorothy and Lifeline are also part of the Glenwood Avenue Arts District, where she serves as one of the organizers of the Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest, an annual Rogers Park free arts/music/theater festival.
Clare has been a Sweat since the beginning. Her theatre credits also
include acting work in a range of other places, including Body Politic,
Lifeline, the Organic, Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, New Tuners' Theater, Columbia College,
and Blind Parrot Productions. She served as Artistic Director of Blind
Parrot and also as a writer/composer for the company's productions of
American Gothic and Exploits Of A Living Newspaper. She is a recipient
of both a Jeff Nomination and a Jeff Citation. Clare is a longtime
member of the theatre faculty at Columbia College. Additionally, she
teaches preaching at Seabury Theological Seminary and through the
Association of Chicago Theological Seminaries' Doctor of Ministry in
Preaching Program. Her work in preaching also includes workshops and
private coaching. In a parallel life, Clare has appeared as a singer in
local music venues, including the Gaslight Club, Seasons at the
Penthouse, and the Zebra Lounge. She treasures her time as a mom and a
wife, as well as her 20-year gig serving the youth in her church as an
adult advisor. Clare received her BFA from Illinois Wesleyan University
and hopes never to stop learning.
Martie is a founding Sweat Girl performer who also serves as the company's marketing director. Martie's favorite credits on Chicago and regional stages include: Ata in Criminal Hearts at Apple Tree Theatre; Haley in the one-woman play Bad Dates and Mae West in Dirty Blonde (both at Madison Repertory); the nasal-voiced Lina LaMont in Singin' In The Rain (Theatre at the Center); Janis Joplin in Love, Janis (Royal George); Jenny Diver in Three Penny Opera (American Theatre); Hero in Much Ado (Chicago Shakespeare); five gals in Cooking with Lard (Lifeline); three male archetypes in Anton In Show Business (Human Race); and the title roles in both Little Joe Monaghan (Thirsty Theatre); and Lapin! Lapin! (Bailiwick). Aside from Sweat Girls productions, Martie's solo monologues have been featured in Live Bait's Fillet Of Solo, at Estrogen Fest, and at American Theatre's Big Shoulders. On film, Martie is the romantic lead of The Unspoken (Warrior Productions). Martie has directed storytellers for 2nd Story Festival (Serendipity Theatre) and developed interdisciplinary arts programs for children with the Chicago Park District, Freestreet, and Gallery 37.
Jenifer is a graduate of The Goodman School of Drama, now known as The
Theatre School of DePaul University. A founding member of the Sweat
Girls, she has performed with the Sweats from Manhattan to San
Francisco. Jenifer is also a member of the artistic ensemble of
Lifeline Theatre. In 2001 she was awarded a Joseph Jefferson Citation
for "Outstanding Actress in a Principle Role" for her performance
as Jane in Lifeline's original adaptation of Jane Eyre. In addition to
roles at Lifeline, she has also been seen in Chicago at greasy joan
& co., and in many Touchstone/Organic productions including Into
The Woods, The Seagull, and Hedda Gabler. Jenifer also teaches drama in
the Chicago Public Schools through Lifeline's Artists in Residency
Program. In December 2006 she made her directing debut with The Velveteen Rabbit in Lifeline Theatre's award-winning KidSeries. This June she will reprise her Jeff-nominated role as Harriet Vane in Lifeline Theatre's Gaudy Night at Theatre On The Lake.
Pamela is a founding member of Sweat Girls. Her "non sweat" credits
include a Jeff Award for Artie in Eleemosynary at Interplay, a Jeff
Citation for her performance in Noises Off at Pegasus Players, and a
Jeff Nomination for best supporting actress for Interplay's Les
Liaisons Dangereuses. With a fellow Sweat Girl, Pamela co-adapted a
children's musical, Hen Lake, which premiered at Lifeline Theatre. She currently teaches in the After School Arts Program in her hometown of Oak Park, working with 2nd to 5th graders on storytelling and story acting. For adults, she teaches a variety of bead and jewelry-making classes and also is a certified LAMAS Qi Gong instructor.
Joe Winston (filmmaker)
Joe is a lifelong Chicagoan who departed briefly to Yale University to
earn a B.A. in Psychology. Upon returning to Chicago, he began a
filmmaking career and for five years he produced and hosted a
documentary/comedy TV series, This Week In Joe's Basement, winning a
Can Fest '90 Award and The Chicagoland Cable Award. Joe produced and
directed a 1996 documentary, The Burning Man Festival, which won rave
reviews, festival prizes, and sold to European television and domestic
home video. In 1998, he produced a sequel, Burning Man: Just Add
Couches. Both films are available on DVD. In 1999, Joe teamed with the
Sweat Girls to create The MotherLode, their offbeat blend of
documentary video and live performance. He has also produced live
performances which incorporate video at Organic Theatre, the Museum of
Contemporary Art, Mary-Arrchie and other venues. Joe was nominated for
an Emmy award for his work on the PBS documentary Lost In Middle
America (And What Happened Next). Currently, Joe keeps busy editing for
Harpo, Focal Point, Mr. Big Film, and Towers Productions.
Credits: All face photos of Sweat Girls (except Caroline Andres and Sweat Guy Joe Winston) are details from a black and white group photo by Suzanne Plunkett.