Growing up in the small town of Lake Placid, NY, Colden has always loved performing, whether it was in front of the TV or dancing to CDs for his parents. When he saw his first Broadway musical, Beauty and the Beast in Kindergarten, it sealed the deal. He knew from then on theater was going to be his passion. His passion led him to perform in Lake Placid’s community musicals and plays. Even at a young age, Colden owned his own theater, “The Basement Theater”, where he would perform one man productions of The Phantom of the Opera, The Producers and My Fair Lady just to name a few.
In 2007, he and his family moved to San Diego, staring a new chapter in his life. In San Diego he was exposed to a rich arts community full of opportunity. In high school, Colden was part of the award-winning show choir, The Music Machine. With Machine, he performed and danced in many unique places including; The USS Midway on Memorial Day, Disneyland, The Balboa Theater for the television program, “Salute to Teachers”, New York City, Canada, The Hard Rock Theater in Orlando and Boston (a national competition in which he won Best Male Soloist).
In addition to Show Choir, Colden also was in his school’s track and field team, throwing the shot put. Also during is high school years, Colden performed in a musical each summer with his school’s district; West Side Story, Miss Saigon, Pippin.
After graduating high school, he joined Royal Entertainers, San Diego #1 Princess Party Company where he performs and entertains children as their favorite character (Krsitoff from Frozen, Batman, Darth Vader, Buddy The Elf, The Mayor of Whoville, etc.)
He studied at San Diego State University for Theater with an Emphasis in Performance, graduating in 2018. At State, he has been able to work with and meet some amazing performers and teachers including Jacob Brent, Burke Moses and Donna McKechnie to name a few. At San Diego State, Colden was the Artistic Director of the school’s Musical Theater Club for two years, staging numbers and teaching fellow students how to tap!
During his time at State, Colden was a teaching assistant for the Musical Theater History class on campus, and had the opportunity to lecture to the class on Kander & Ebb and their contribution to the development of Musical Theatre.
Colden hopes one day to perform with City Center Encores or to be in a National Tour. He also wishes to one day be a drama professor or director to expose to others the wonders of live theater.