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Rives Collinsis the President of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education and theChair of the Department of Theatre at Northwestern University.A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Colorado College, he received his MFA in Child Drama from Arizona State University.Currently a Fellow in the Searle Center for Teaching Excellence, he was the recipient of the Charles Deering McCormick Professorship for Excellence in Teaching.In 2007, he was honored with the Creative Drama Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education.He is the department's specialist in Theatre and Drama for Youth, teaching courses in Theatre for Young Audiences, Creative Drama, and Storytelling.Recent directorial efforts include:How Can You Run With A Shell On Your Back?The Orphan Train, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Children of Eden, To Kill A Mockingbird,And Then They Came For Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank, The Secret Garden, Into the Woods, The Witch of Blackbird Pond,All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,andSalt and Pepper.
A lover of stories since he could talk, he is featured regularly as a professional storyteller and keynote speaker at festivals, schools, libraries, businesses, and museums, proclaiming that, "Storytelling is at the heart of everything I do.”He is the co-author with Pamela Cooper of The Power of Story: Teaching Through Storytelling, now in its second edition.His audio recordings have received the Parent's Choice Award, the iParenting Media Award, and the Spoken Word Award from the NAPPA.
He is proud to be working with the American Alliance for Theatre & Education, a vibrant organization that connects and inspires a growing collective of theatre artists, educators, and scholars committed to transforming young people and communities through the theatre arts.