Collins describes his time at the Kennedy Center as nothing less than “a life-changing experience.”
In the process, he designed brochures, posters, signs and web-related content for some world-renowned performances. “More importantly, I have had the opportunity to work with incredibly talented designers, who have pushed me to put what I’ve learned in the classroom into real-world practice,” he says.
You might say his background prior to studying at the Academy was perfect preparation for both the Academy and the Kennedy Center internship. After graduating from high school, Collins devoted 10 years to theater management before deciding to follow his lifelong passion to become a designer. He enrolled online at the Academy and settled a few years ago with wife and two yellow Labs in Alexandria, Va.