Janet Ulrich Brooks
Luck of birth dropped Janet into a family that loved laughter and all things “art.” Family moves from Buffalo to Michigan to Missouri taught Janet that all things are temporary and inured her to the transient life of an actor.
An eclectic career ensued. As a seasonal entertainer in the Branson, MO area in the 70’s and 80’s Janet danced approximately 7000 Can-Cans, worked with some seriously funny folks, and learned stamina. Off-season, she worked in Kansas City doing dinner theatre, fringe theatre and a few commercials. These years also saw Janet through college in Missouri, and graduate school at Western Illinois University, earning an MFA in Acting in 1982.
Chicago became home in 1988. She toured nationally for about 5 years performing stories and poems written by children with Child’s Play Touring Theatre. Becoming a Director and Teaching Artist for Child’s Play took up the next 8 years. Then – a change. “Wow, I really miss acting.”
With years of comedy under her belt, Janet began doing Shaw, Chekhov, Shakespeare, Sam Shepard, Clifford Odets. She is a Company Member at TimeLine Theatre Company and has also worked with Steppenwolf, Writers’ Theatre, Strawdog, Pegasus Players, Shaw Chicago, Northlight, City-Lit and others. Stamina paid off in spades, having performed two one-woman plays; Lillian at TimeLine and Golda’s Balcony at Pegasus Players.
This business is home for Janet. She loves the work, plays well with others, and (being trained in the Midwest) has a solid work ethic – be on time, bring something to the table, and remain flexible. It’s amazing what you can learn from others.
Film credits include Divergent, One Small Hitch and Conviction. TV Credits include NBC's Chicago Fire, STARZ's Boss and MTV's Underemployed.