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Emerson Collins

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“Actor/Producer/Director in film, TV and theatre. Reality TV personality, radio host, panelist, workshop teacher and writer. Real gay.”

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About Me

I'm best known for four seasons of BRAVO's entertainment commentary reality show The People's Couch, acting in RENT:LIVE on Fox, the films Southern Baptist Sissies and A Very Sordid Wedding and the TV series Sordid Lives: The Series.

I've worked as a producer, director and actor in film, television and theatre. I've appeared as a panelist and moderator at film festivals around the world on film, tv, LGBTQ representation and religion & sexuality.

I've hosted 200 episodes of The Del & Emerson Show with playwright/director Del Shores on LGBTQ news, written for various media outlets and been on OUT 100 honoree.

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  • A Very Sordid Wedding - starred in marriage equality-themed film sequel to cult gay classic Sordid Lives, starring Leslie Jordan, Caroline Rhea, Bonnie Bedelia & Whoopi Goldberg. Opened as #1 specialty box office.
  • Southern Baptist Sissies - starred crowd-funded indie film on the conflict of religion and sexuality starring Leslie Jordan, Dale Dickey & drag queen Willam. Winner of 15 festival awards.
  • Blues For Willadean - indie film on domestic violence starring Octavia Spencer & Beth Grant.
  • National Tour of the plays Sordid Lives & Southern Baptist Sissies - produced & starred with Delta Burke & Leslie Jordan.
  • Livestream Fundraiser - producer and host, $83,000 raised for 23 non-profit theatre companies starring Beau Bridges, Caroline Rhea, Beth Grant & Leslie Jordan.


  • Six Characters In Search of a Play - one-man theatre play followed by 50 city national tour. Directed the film adaptation.
  • Three standup comedy DVD specials.

ACTOR - selected

  • FILM: Southern Baptist Sissies, A Very Sordid Wedding, Waterlily Jaguar
  • TV: The People's Couch, Sordid Lives: The Series
  • THEATRE: First Regional Premiere of one-man play Buyer & Cellar, won Desert Theatre League Award for Best Actor; National Tour: Southern Baptist Sissies. World Premieres: The Boomerang Effect and The $5 Shakespeare Company.

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