“Boyishly handsome Collin Sanderson… makes his unmistakable mark as Chicago’s newest leading man.” – Chicago Theatre Reviews
I am a native Californian, spending my entire childhood growing up in the beautiful city of Irvine. My parents always said I was singing and dancing before I could talk. They fostered my gift of singing by encouraging me to audition for the All-American Boys Chorus. After my first audition ever… I got “cast” (as they say). I started singing professionally with the chorus at the age of 9 and toured the world for 5 years to Canada, Singapore, China, Japan, South Korea, and all over the United States.
It wasn’t until I was 12 years old, and got accepted into the Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA), that my passion for theatre began. Everyone has a moment when their life changes and they know who they want to be and what they want to do. For some of us, this happens at an early age, for others, it happens later in life. For me, it was my first conservatory class with Luis Avila. It was in that moment where Luis was talking about the business, what was expected of us and the immense dedication we needed to pursue this career, that I dived head first into this artistic profession. For what might have scared a young 12 year old, empowered me to work incredibly hard.
My studies at OCSA led me to pursuing a degree in theatre at the collegiate level. I graduated (with Honors) in 2015 from the The Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University earning my BFA in Musical Theatre. Since then, I have trained with esteemed American Idol Vocal Coach Peisha McPhee, Shanna VanderWerker , and Nate Plummer. I maintain my dance training with my incredible teachers and mentors: Shanna VanderWerker, Matt Crowle, and Annie Jo Ermel.
After working as a non-union actor for 3 years in Chicago, I joined the Actor’s Equity Association by signing an equity contract with Lythgoe Family Panto for their production of Peter Pan and Tinkerbell: A Pirates Christmas. Which then led me to book several contracts at The Fireside Theatre and Marriott Theatre.
I am indebted to God for the career I’ve had thus far. Since establishing myself in Chicago for the past 4 years, I have worked at esteemed theatres such as The Marriott Theatre; The Fireside Theatre; Theatre at the Center; Little Theatre on the Square; and many more.
Where am I now? In 2019, I made the move to New York City. 7 months after moving to the city, I booked my first show: An American in Paris at Westchester Broadway Theatre, directed/choreographed by Richard Stafford. It was a dream!
I am very excited to see what this city holds for me in 2020.
Stay tuned for the rest of my story…
Be Happy. Be Healthy.