Well Received Performances in Diverse Roles Cementing Star Status
Accomplished Actor/Producer Linda Collins has been keeping busy throughout the pandemic, with auditions and upcoming roles set to keep her star rising for the foreseeable future, including the new film “Crazy Ethol”, which is set for release in 2022.
Currently, she has several short films on the circuit or already on Amazon Prime including: “THREE FOR THE ROAD” (where Linda has a starring role and is Executive Producer and which won Best Ensemble at the Brightside Tavern Film Festival), an official selection and award winner at multiple festivals, “MARY JANE’S TRIBULATIONS” (where Linda has a starring role and is a Producer), an official selection at the Northeast Mountain Film Festival in Georgia for November 2021 and which just screened in Ireland at the 12th Chain Festival, and “PERCEPTION”; a multiple award winning short film just finishing it’s run on the festival circuit and now available on Amazon Prime and Piccen that garnered her a “Best Supporting Actress” win in 2020 at the Latino Film Festival in Omaha. Linda also has a starring role in “CUTTER” which is currently in production.
On the Web/TV side of things, Linda can be seen in the Zoom series comedy, “CUZZINS” (Twenty first Century Vision Films) which is currently in ongoing production and is set to appear in “PAPER” (Omar Moore) a crime drama currently shooting in NYC. Linda is also working on a new as-yet-untitled web series in pre-production that she is executive producing.
In feature films, look for her in the crime dramas “DYING TO LOVE YOU”, and “THE STABLE” (Twenty First Century Vision Films) – either available now or coming soon to a screen near you!
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Linda Collins was born in St. Louis, Missouri to Olivia Watson Beaty, a pianist, vocalist, and Sacred Music Director and father Gaylon Patterson, a Lt. Colonial in the Air Force reserves, and Production Manager at McDonald-Douglas Aircraft. Her heritage includes Scottish, Irish and Native American on both sides. Linda exhibited an early aptitude for acting and music, and her siblings often created and performed plays for their parents while in grade school. Her earliest at home role was as Cupid in the family Valentine’s play.
She was in the Thespians Club in high school, performing in school productions, and her talents subsequently won her scholarships to the University of Alabama, Duquesne University (BM, summa cum laude), and Northern Illinois University (Master of Music degree) where she was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi honor society.
After performing several years as a professional musician in the US and Canada, Linda moved to NYC, and in 2010 began pursuing in earnest her other love – acting. While studying in NYC with renowned acting coach Catherine Gaffigan, she began booking film and television work. Since then she’s booked leading roles in TV Series’ including “I’d Kill for You”, “Stalked”, “Redrum” (Co-starring as Lt. Detective Penny Kimball), “Evil I”, “Monsters Inside Me” (Co-starring as Patricia Nash), and the co-lead role in an episode of True Crime with Aphrodite Jones. She has also appeared in the Feature Films “Burning Blue” (As the on-screen mother to William Lee Scott’s character), “Contest” (As a cooking contest Judge), and in the leading role of Edna in Ashley Cintron’s production of “Chef’s House”.
As a musician, Linda has played Principal Horn in several orchestras including the Huntsville Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony (CA), and Naples Philharmonic (FL) Orchestras, as well as in theatre orchestras for “Fiddler on the Roof” (Herschel Bernardi), “Showboat” (Elaine Stritch and Robert Morse), and “Phantom of the Opera” in Toronto. She also was pianist with many groups including the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Ballet, Chicago City Ballet and Paul Taylor Dance Company, and has performed in numerous national broadcasts for CBC Radio.
Always an activist for the arts, Linda received the honor of a national appointment by Canadian Minister of Heritage Flora McDonald to serve for three years as a member of the Canadian Advisory Committee on the Status of the Artist ( Ottawa, CA) and later was appointed by AFM International President Tom Lee as Assistant to the International President of the American Federation of Musicians in NYC, where she served the international music community for six years.
She has continued to hone her acting skills at the T. Schreiber Studio in NYC with coach Terry Schreiber and Peter Miner, while being booked regularly for various television and film work.