Soprano and young director, Brady Collins is committed to broadening the repertoire and audiences of vocal art music and regularly engages in projects that bridge performance, musicology and outreach. While earning her Master’s in Vocal Performance at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts, Brady directed a virtual staged adaptation of Lori Laitman’s I Never Saw Another Butterfly under the mentorship of Susan Payne-O’Brien. Brady was a 2020 fellow for Roosevelt University’s Office of Student Research, where she crafted and staged an immersive performance of Weimar era Kabarett, entitled The Wild Stage. While the event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she pivoted to deliver lectures and directed performances virtually. Prior to the pursuit of her master’s degree, she produced and directed Kurt Weill’s and Bertolt Brecht’s, ballet chante, Die Sieben Todsünden at Pittsburgh’s Bricolage Theater. Currently, Brady is engaged in a musicological study of American colonial theater under advisement of Dr. Thomas Kernan of Roosevelt University. Active also as a singer, Brady has performed as Cinderella in Pauline Viardot’s Cinderella and will cover Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel this summer. For more information about Brady’s performances, please see https://www.bradycollinssoprano.com/.
Brady has a Master’s of Music in Vocal Performance from Roosevelt University, studying with Mark Crayton, and a Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance from Duquesne University, studying with Sari Gruber.