Caroline Neff is a Jeff Award winning Chicago-based actor. She relocated from Texas in 2004 to attend Columbia College Chicago, and started working in the Chicago theatre scene as an undergrad. After working on 3 productions with Steep Theatre, she was asked to be an ensemble member in 2008 and has served as Casting Director for the last 5 seasons.
Caroline has had the distinct pleasure of working with Steppenwolf, Northlight, The Goodman, Steep, Mary-Arrchie Strawdog, Jackalope, Griffin, Pine Box, and Next, in various respects from being on stage, to in-house workshops, readings, and audition assistance.
Some favorite roles include KRISTA in Airline Highway, directed by Joe Mantello, IRINA in Three Sisters, adapted by Tracy Letts and directed by Anna D. Shapiro, CHARLOTTE in A Brief History of Helen of Troy, directed by Joanie Schultz, for which she was awarded the Jeff Award for Best Actress, RACHEL in Port, directed by Jonathan Berry, which she was nominated for Best Actress by the Jeff Committee, SARAH in Harper Regan directed by Robin Witt, ZOE in The Knowledge also directed by Jonathan Berry, HAZEL in The Downpour directed by Erica Weiss, and as the MILK BRINGER in Cherrywood, directed by David Cromer. On Camera she’s been seen in the independent films Older Children, directed by Duncan Riddell, and the upcoming Open Tables directed by Jack C. Newell, as well as on NBC’s Chicago Fire and a recurring role as Olive Morgan on Chicago PD.
She’s been recognized as one of Kelly Kleiman’s top 5 Actors of 2010, and has been nominated for numerous Jeff Awards throughout the years, winning both as an individual and as part of an ensemble. She joined AEA in the summer of 2012 and SAG-AFTRA in the spring of 2013. She began private audition coaching for students and professionals alike in 2010.
Caroline is currently making her Broadway debut in AIRLINE HIGHWAY, by Lisa D’Amour and directed by Joe Mantello at Manhattan Theatre Club until this summer.