“Boyishly handsome Collin Sanderson… makes his unmistakable mark as Chicago’s newest leading man.” – Chicago Theatre Review
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 by having me audition for the All-American Boys Chorus. 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. When I was accepted into the Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) in 7th grade, I knew that Musical Theatre was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
OCSA sparked my love for dance. I started taking tap classes outside of school at Focus Dance Center in Irvine and then continued there for 3 years. I also started taking jazz dance as elective classes in my last 4 years of high school. The summer going into my junior year of high school, I trained with esteemed ballroom dancer Christopher Beroiz at the McCoy Rigby Conservatory for the summer. Currently, I maintain my tap, jazz, and ballet training while I’m not busy doing shows. And whenever I’m back in California for the holidays or yearly visits, I take ballet from the lovely Allison Horner.
During my first three summers while in college, I was involved in a new works project called Bridge to Broadway (a program developed by Tim and Pamela Kashani, Tony Award Winning Producers of Memphis and Hair). Within the program I stared in several staged readings of new works such as “Blue” and “Higher Education.” In the summer of 2013, I was in the first full-staged production of “Higher Education the Musical” as the Justin Understudy (performed). It was an incredible artistic experience that I will never forget.
Most recently, I have trained with esteemed American Idol Vocal Coach Peisha McPhee (mother of 2006 American Idol contestant and current singer, songwriter, and actress Katherine McPhee: star of “Smash” and currently staring in the new CBS drama “Scorpion”).
I graduated (with Honors) in 2015 from the The Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University earning my BFA in Musical Theatre. Since graduating I’ve been working in the Chicagoland area and regionally at renowned theatres such as The Marriott Theatre Lincolnshire, Theatre at the Center, The Little Theatre on the Square, and with Prather Entertainment Group. I am a proud member of the Equity Membership Candidacy.
I have a twin brother.
I LOVE DOGS!
My faith and family are very important to me.
I LOVE DISNEY!