With limited opportunities for Black actresses in theater, Tracie Collins is changing the landscape by producing, writing and directing productions that star Black female leds. The Oakland-bred self-starter honed her acting skills at the American Conservatory Theater and has appeared in more than four full-production stage plays and starred in several other productions.

Shamika Spencer

I was so excited to hear that you were coming on the show, because I saw your production last year. … You’ve always said that you want to be a voice for urban women. … the realistic, real-world problems that you’re bringing to light.

Michelle Griego
Bay Area Focus, KBCW (CBS SF Bay Area)

Tracie Collins, is deeply concerned about the plight of underage women who are trafficked into prostitution in Oakland. Collins, who is also a playwright, actor, director and producer, has come up with a creative expression as a response to the child prostitution epidemic in Oakland. She has written, directed and produced (but does not appear in) a new stage show called Cold Piece of Werk.

Tamara Palmer
NBC Bay Area