CT born and raised, New York City based
Born in Hartford, CT to parents of Puerto Rican descent, Katya has worked in the arts all over the country. She is a New York City based actress and finished her run portraying Sephronia in Arizona Theatre Company's production of Nina Simone: Four Women, written by Christina Ham and directed by Tiffany Nichole Greene. Previously, Katya was the female understudy for Gingold Theatrical Group's off-Broadway production of Mrs. Warren's Profession as Vivie Warren and Mrs. Warren. Her regional theater credits include Possessing Harriet (Franklin Stage), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Playhouse on Park), The Resolutes (Wymoing Theater Festival), and The Winter’s Tale (South Dakota Shakespeare). Television credits include Dietland, The Blacklist, and Katya has appeared in numerous commercials and short films.
As a teaching artist in Connecticut, Katya has worked extensively with Hartford Performs, first as a summer teaching artist, and then as an Artist-in-Residence at Noah Webster School. Katya served as a facilitator and acting specialist for Hartbeat Ensemble’s Youth Play Institute and as a teaching artist for the company’s Startin’ Drama program. Katya also worked as a teaching artist for Hartford Children’s Theater. In New York City, Katya served as a teaching artist for Naked Angels theater company and Young Actors Workshop Brooklyn.
She received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Theater Arts and a minor in business administration from Salve Regina University and holds a Master’s in Fine Arts in Acting from The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University. She also completed a one year conservatory program at the Barrow Group school and participated in the Labyrinth Theater Company’s Summer Intensive (2018). Katya also studies improv comedy at Magnet Theater Company.
Katya has also studied dance and movement at Alvin Ailey, Arthur Murray Dance, Julie Lang Studio of Dance, and numerous workshops in salsa on1 and on2 in both New York and Connecticut. She also studied Suzuki and viewpoints with Bated Breath Theater Company.
Katya currently lives in Harlem, NY.
Nina Simone: Four Women at
Arizona Theatre Company
(Tucson & Phoenix, AZ)
"Katya Collazo does a very good job portraying the conflict, struggle and confusion in
being a light-skinned Black woman who can often "pass" as white." Gil Benbrook,
Talkin Broadway (Regional Reviews: Phoenix)
"The second woman is Sephronia, (treated with layered resentment by Katya Collazo).
She has lighter skin, born of a white father and a black mother. Her pain lies in the
conflicted space between two worlds and the grievous recognition of the white man's
upper hand." Robert Encila-Celdran, BroadwayWorld.com
"Katya Collazo brought a well-intentioned earnestness to Sephronia, a civil rights worker
who is of mixed-race and often gets harassed because of her lighter skin."Kathleen
Allen, Arizona Daily Star (Tucson)
The Gallerist (Short Film)
"On the narrative level, while both Lara and Antoinette (Katya Collazo) are vaguely
defined characters, Lara tilts more towards benign, while there is something unsettling
about Antoinette, emphasized by Collazo's dialogue delivery." Indie Shorts Mag Team, The
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest at Playhouse on Park (West Hartford, CT)
"Katya Collazo, who plays Nurse Flinn and Sandra, performs two characters who have completely opposite personalities. Nurse Flinn is a devout Catholic, while Sandra is the live in the moment type of person. Collazo performs both characters wonderfully, for when she is performing as Nurse Flinn, she becomes stoic in appearance and composes herself in a formal manner, and when she performs as Sandra, she acts with a free-spirited attitude." Joshua Gorero, CT Critics Circle, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
"Katya Collazo was most effective in her Playhouse on Park debut as the mousy and devout Nurse Flinn and also covered the role of the partygirl Sandra..."-Nancy Sasso Janis, Naugatauk Patch (CT); One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
"Katya Collazo is equally as wonderful as the meeker Nurse Flinn and also, prostitute Sandra"- Pillow Talking Blog Review (CT); One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest