Kaye Winks grew up next to a cornfield in the middle of Westernness writing stories, seeing white people and playing with cats. She is a Chicago-based actress, writer, comedian, voiceover artist, singer, cat compatriot and half-world traveler. After touring thirty-five states in five months with a children’s theater company, Kaye moved to Los Angeles where she graduated summa cum laude from the school of life working in commercials, TV, celebrity-infested restaurants, film, print modeling, and writing script coverage for a film production company. She trained with the Moscow Art Theatre School in association with Harvard University and the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts and honed her clown skills with French master clown Philippe Gaulier.
Upon her return to the Chicago area, Kaye delved into stand-up comedy and focused on her writing. Her one-woman show TOKEN opened to a sold-out audience at Collaboraction Theater and enjoyed a sold-out run at The Second City Training Center before touring to Upright Citizen’s Brigade Los Angeles, Out of Bounds Comedy Festival in Austin, Texas, and United Solo Theatre Festival in New York City where it won Best Festival Debut. She's been featured on WGN Radio, Vocalo 91.1, N'Digo, and WDCB's The Arts Section as well as in Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Reader; her work has been Chicago Reader Recommended. Her critically-acclaimed short play Hoods debuted at Goodman Theatre as part of Collaboraction's PEACEBOOK Festival. Kaye also broke into voiceover work in Chicago, quickly booking national commercial VO campaigns for Allstate and Kohl’s. In December 2018, she performed at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC in The Second City’s holiday satire Love, Factually. Kaye consistently works in Chicago’s vibrant comedy scene; in 2019 she performed in Chicago’s legendary weekly live magazine The Paper Machete at The Green Mill. In February 2019 she performed in The Second City’s Black History Month Show, which featured the most iconic sketches from SC’s black alumni. Currently, Kaye is a cast member of The Second City’s all-female sketch comedy revue SHE THE PEOPLE: The Resistance Continues in Up Comedy Club, running Thursdays through Sundays through June 2, 2019. She can also be seen on television in Comedy Central’s upcoming Chicago-focused sitcom, South Side premiering July 2019.