Dustin L. Collins was born in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. He studied puppetry and directing at West Virginia University, where he was part of the touring Puppet Mobile troupe. He also directed shows for the WVU stage, including Samuel Beckett's Endgame and his own adaptation of Dr. Faustus.
In addition to his unique background in puppetry, Dustin brings to his work at Ohio a lifelong love of the cinema and an extensive knowledge of its history. His particular areas of interest are early animation, queer theory, and pre-WWII American cinema. He blogs about film and culture at It's Okay with Me, and his writing has also appeared at Sociological Images and 300 Reviews.