Colleen Elizabeth Miller was born in Naperville, Illinois, and moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma at age nine, where she began studying theatre, music, and dance. Colleen’s first acting role was in junior high, where she played Witch Hex in the Grimm’s Brothers version of Snow White. Colleen continued performing throughout high school and was also seen in Stillwater’s local Town & Gown Theater, as Ursula in Bye, Bye Birdie and Eugenie in A Flea in Her Ear.
Colleen received her Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in Acting from Northern Illinois University. Some of Colleen’s college theatre credits include June/Skinhead in Marisol, Dopey in Balm in Gilead, Falstaff in Shakespeare in the Wasteland, and Cheryl Crawford in The Group! She also appeared in Guys and Dolls. Colleen studied acting abroad for a semester at The Gaiety School of Acting and at Trinity University in Dublin, Ireland.
Upon graduating Colleen moved to Chicago to pursue her acting career. She studied and performed improv/sketch comedy at The Second City and iO! for her first 3 years and was cast to play various caricatures in local shows like Justice is Served and Improv Stand-Up. Some of her professional theatre roles include Tricia in Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, Donnie Mashburn in Offsprung, Olive Madison in The Odd Couple: Female Version, Titania/Hypolita in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ms. Applerose in Scrooge Unglued, Chrysta Koch in Determination, and a Zombette in the musical Zombies from the Beyond.
However much Colleen loves theatre and performing for live audiences, her true passion is acting on film. Colleen’s filmography includes Howling Moon, Paranormal Calamity, Dr. Spine, Reality Star, Baby Alligators, Necravin, The Borderline, One Way, Foreign English, Tea Party, Going To Pieces, and At Sunset. She is also featured in three episodes of the Welcome to Dreadville Series II & III: Are You Rei?, Red in Dreadville, and The Dark of Night.
Upon moving to Chicago Colleen also discovered she has a talent and passion for doing special effects make-up design and costuming. She began with making her Halloween costumes from scratch and then advanced to creating SFX for films such as Baby Alligators and Necravin and for live theatre performances such as Village Of K and Mud People. Colleen just finished staring as Chrysta Koch in the terminator spoof Determination, where she also got to create her own version of the “terminator eye”. This was her first time to use her make-up skills on herself in a show she acted in.
Beyond her make-up and acting credits, Colleen is an award-winning bassoonist, and is a skilled saxophonist and percussionist. She is trained in ballet and jazz/hip hop dance and excels in tap dancing.
If you want to see Colleen perform NOW you can check her out weekly singing and dancing as the overzealous flapper Coco in the 1920’s dinner cabaret Tommy Gun’s Garage. And of course catch her traveling the Midwest in the zany comedy Sister Bernie’s Bingo Bash as the ex-carnival engineer Sister Cherisse.
|FILM/ TELEVISION EXPERIENCE|
|The Landlords||Vanya||UncleDaddy Productions|
|TXT: The Movie||Cindy||The Bird Hive|
|Paranormal Calamity||Polly||Boomstick Films|
|Doctor Spine||Sister Spine||Boomstick Films|
|Howling Moon||Sylvia Lenzo (lead)||Major Brand Productions|
|At Sunset||Claire (supporting)||Major Brand Productions|
|Necravin||Kira Queen of the Zombies (lead)||Samponeus Productions|
|Welcome to Dreadville II: Are You Rei?||Samantha Chasta (lead)||Bublenutz Productions|
|Red in Dreadville|
|Dark of Night|
|Tea Party||Madeline (lead)||Columbia College Chicago|
|Baby Alligators||Rachel (supporting)||UncleDaddy Productions|
|Paranormal Calamity||Polly (supporting)||Boomstick Films|
|Dr. Spine||Heather (supporting)||Boomstick Films|
|Reality Star||Sophie “Sunshine (supporting)||Boomstick Films|
|The Borderline||Kelly (supporting)||Prairie Fire Media|
|Back to Reality (TV Pilot)||Shelli (supporting)||Disproportioned Studios|
|Foreign English||Scottish Woman 1 (supporting)||AceStroke Productions|
|One Way||Clarissa (supporting)||AceStroke Productions|
|El Perdido-The Lost||Sandra (supporting)||Gatlin Pictures|
|Going to Pieces||Sandy (supporting)||Solid Entertainment Productions|
|Lost Ones (Sketch Comedy TV)||Ensemble||Solid Entertainment Productions|
|THEATRE/ IMPROV EXPERIENCE|
|CHERRYWOOD: The Modern Comparable||Ensemble||Mary Arrchie Theatre Company (2010)|
|DETERMINTAION_The Reboot||Chrysta Koch||Buised Orange Theatre Company (2010)|
|Recessive Jeans (Improv/Sketch)||Improviser||Second City Conservatory|
|Justice Is Served (Improv)||Litigant/Defendant||Grounded Theatre|
|Midges of Madison County (Improv)||Improviser||iO!|
|Tommy Gun’s Garage||Singer/Dancer/Entertainer||Tommy Gun’s Garage|
|Determination||Chrysta Koch||Bruised Orange Theatre Company|
|Offsprung||Donnie Mashburn||Rubicon Theatre Project|
|Dog Sees God: Confessions of a TeenageBlockhead||Tricia||Rubicon Theatre Project|
|The Odd Couple: Female Version||Olive Madison||Grounded Theatre|
|Sister Bernie’s Bingo Bash||Sister Cherisse||McHale Productions|
|Dracula||Lucy||Village Players Theatre|
|A Midsummer Night’s Dream||Titania/Hypolita||First Folio Shakespeare|
|Shakespeare in the Wasteland||Falstaff||Corner Theatre|
|Balm in Gilead||Dopey||Corner Theatre|
|A Flea In Her Ear||Eugenie||Town & Gown Theatre|
|TRAININGNorthern Illinois University: B.F.A. Acting
— Acting: Katherine Gately (Sanford Meisner Technique)
— Movement & Period Styles: Deborah Robertson (Williamson & Leban Efforts, Lecoq)
— Voice & Dialects: Tannera Marshall (Southern Irish, Standard Irish, Standard British, Southern)
— Verse: Christopher Markel
— Stage Combat: Phillip Timberlake (Unarmed & Rapier)Gaiety School of Acting & Trinity College; Dublin, Ireland: Chrissie Poulter, Eric Weitz, Cathal Quinn
Diane RichardsonProfiles Theatre Advanced Scene Study Class: Erica Daniels (Steppenwolf) & Darrell W. CoxThe Second City Conservatory Program: Michael Gellman, Tim O’Malley, Norm Holly
iO!: Jeff Griggs
SPECIAL TALENTS & ABILITIES
Dance: Tap, Ballet/Point, Jazz, Modern