For more than 25 years, Jason Collins has been entertaining audiences around the world whether it be on stage or in motion pictures. He started his career in Seattle performing at Seattle Opera, The Group Theatre, TAG, Village Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Seattle Children's Theatre, The Crepe De Paris, A Contemporary Theatre, The Seattle Repertory Theatre, and The Alpine Theatre Project. Some of Jason's favorite roles include "Finn" in "Into The Woods" (Seattle Children's Theatre), "Seymour" in "Little Shop of Horrors," "Finn" in "Big River," and "Valentine LaMar" in "Babes In Arms" (co-starring Cheyenne Jackson as "Gus"), "Albert" in "Bye, Bye, Birdie," and "Meriweather Lewis" in "Sacagarwea," all at Village Theatre in Seattle. Jason has worked with Tony Award winner Brian Yorkey first in 2003 when he toured Asia as "Sean" in the World Premier of "The Wedding Banquet," again in 2005 when he originated the roll of "Dan" in “Next To Normal” (Then titled “Feeling Electric”) opposite Amy Spanger, and again in 2009 when he played "Algernon" in "The Importance of Being Earnest" at Seattle's Village Theatre. Jason again went out on tour, this time with the Broadway national tour of "Annie" before returning to Seattle in 2007 to originate the role of "Kurt" in "Signs of Life: A Tale of Terezin" (which he later reprised in the 2010 Off-Broadway production at the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theatre).
In New York, Jason originated leading roles in both the World Premier of "The Book Of James," by Scott Warrender, and reprised his role in the concert NY Premier of "The Wedding Banquet," appearing opposite Anthony Rapp, with musical direction by Jason Robert Brown, as well as appearing as "The Sewing Machine Man" in Prospect Theater Company's highly acclaimed 2008 production of "The Blue Flower."
From 2003-2007, Jason leant his voice as the resident voice talent with Cedarhouse Audio where he recorded numerous Audio Books for BBC AudioBooks America and Blackstone Audio, where he received an Earphones Award from AudioFile Magazine for his reading of the book "Falls The Shadow" by William Lashner. In addition to audiobooks, Jason can be heard on the original cast recordings of the 30th Anniversary release of "Annie," and "David Austen's A Christmas Carol," and he can be seen in the hilarious feature film "Gory, Gory Hallelujah" as "Ralph Reed."
Currently, Jason is delighting audiences in the Off-Broadway show "Only Love Will Do" through May 1 at Theater For The New City in New York's East Village (155 First Avenue, between 9th & 10th Streets)!
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? I would have to say both of my parents. My father was a resident Baritone with Seattle Opera through the 70's and 80's and I grew up watching him on stage and listening to him sing. My mother was a musical theatre performer and was even the Musical Director for the very first show ever at Village Theatre, just outside Seattle. A theatre which is now an enormous operation and responsible for developing shows such as "Million Dollar Quartet" and "Next To Normal." Growing up watching both parents perform was, I am sure, an enormous influence in my ultimately deciding to become a performer.
2. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? I only get one? Hmm...How about Sting? I've heard rumor he's writing music for a show these days.
3. What attracted you to "Only Love Will Do"? Well ultimately, it was a very interesting piece and the part of Brad is a terrific role and very different from the kinds of roles I usually play.
4. What's your favorite part of the rehearsal/preview process of a show? In a musical, I have to say first day with the orchestra. So thrilling to hear all the instrumentation for the first time. In a straight show, I'll go with first run with an audience. They are the final element in any piece of theatre and they can teach you so much if you're paying attention.
5. Favorite place to rehearse/practice on your own? At home, in my room. That's not really very interesting, but there it is.
6. Favorite way to spend your day off? That really depends. If I'm working out of town, I like to get out and do some hiking or climbing or anything with woods. I love that. But I confess, I often really enjoy just relaxing and getting caught up on everything that inevitably gets put on hold throughout the week.
7. Favorite way to stay in shape? Well, I often get cast to do really physical parts with acrobatics and stuff. That works pretty well. But I also love to play tennis, basketball, softball, and sometimes I play flag football with a bunch of theatre friends out in Astoria.
8. Boxers or Briefs? Um...Boxerbriefs?
9. Favorite website? The Onion.
10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Superman, definitely.
11. What's the best advice you've ever received? Never stop learning and never turn down work.
12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Gosh...depends on the dream. Knowing mine it would be having dinner with Albert Einstein, but he would look like Marisa Tomei and we'd be eating and conversing on a crewless ship, that was sometimes a giant mansion that looked sort of like my high school.