Meet Tracie

Born in San Francisco and bred in Oakland, Tracie Collins was inspired by the sub cultures of art, theater and stage performances anywhere from the avenues right outside of San Francisco to the abstract depth of the cultured bay area. While the oldest of her siblings and deemed responsible for their upbringing, Collins’ dreams of her voice to be heard around the world were conceived in these very moments. And it was in these moments that her modernized renaissance tale was conceived.

After honing her acting chops and the importance of the stage from the american conservatory theatre, where she mastered her stagecraft under the tutelage of veterans, she landed her first theatrical role as “Lorelle” in the critically acclaimed play “Dream Girls,” which prepared her for the role as “Pam” in “Misery Loves Company.” Collins’ desire to use her beloved platform to develop a new dialogue around women of color in the arts was promoted by this very moment in her bubbling career.

A year later, filmmaker jd walker cast Collins as “Tonisha” in his new project “The Postwoman.” With a background in fashion and a pure love for black film, she was able to own this role. So much, it gained an honorable mention in the sundance table read my screenplay contest. Collins used this opportunity to propel her dreams and take a real chance at success.

Collins made her directorial debut with the sold out, self-produced stage play, the v monologues: a black woman’s interpretation (October 2013). Inspired by Eve Ensler’s original work the vagina monologues, Collins’ off broadway adaptation chronicled the lives of various african-american women and their struggles to break generational chains and misogynistic falsehoods. In years to come, Collins kept the momentum and produced three more sold-out plays, including “Knocking at Love’s Door” (April 2014), “Girlfriend Chronicles” (June 2014) and “Cold Piece of Werk” (March 2015).

With the resounding success of the launch of tracie Collins productions and her electrifying stage productions that have drawn audiences and fans from the San Francisco bay area and beyond, Collins has lined up forthcoming productions including an experiential “One Woman Show,” which are all in development for 2016. Collins’ ability to draw from the many changes happening in oakland, ca allows her to write, direct and produce entertainment that opens a forum for dialogue and self-awareness.

With a passionate force, Collins is a visionary at the forefront of the arts and film industry. Not only for the culture of the skill but moreover providing a new platform for black women all from behind the scenes. Her career embodies what she stands for the most: blending her love for stage plays with the inception of the new-generation performers creating a distinct balance for the future of the art. Her personal cause for art merges pop culture and the stage. Call it the millennial evolution of stage performance.