Dave Collins was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. He grew up listening to pop tunes, classical music, and Broadway showtunes. He graduated from North Central College in Naperville, IL with a degree in Speech Communications (Theater) and English. He has performed in many musicals. Some of the roles he has played in musicals are Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof, Older Patrick in Mame, Rutledge in 1776 and Moonface Martin in Anything Goes.