School of Communication

Rives Collins

Department of Theatre

Rives Collins

Rives Collins
Associate Professor, Department of Theatre
r-collins@northwestern.edu
1949 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
847-491-3170

Rives Collins is 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: The Secret Garden, 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, Into the Woods, The Witch of Blackbird Pond,  All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, and Salt 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.

A long time Illinois Theatre Association member, he is also an active member of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, for whom he has served as programming chair and the co-chair of the national conference held in Chicago in 2005.  In 2009 he was elected president of the board, a post which he accepted at a ceremony in New York City.   Through the AATE, he works with an international community of artists, educators, and scholars to champion the cause of drama and theatre in the lives of young people.

Education

Phi Beta Kappa Graduate of Colorado College

MFA in Child Drama from Arizona State University

Publications

Collins, River and Pamela Cooper (1996).The Power of Story: Teaching Through Storytelling, Allyn & Bacon; 2nd edition.

Awards and Honors

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.  His audio recordings have received the Parent's Choice Award, the iParenting Media Award, and the Spoken Word Award from the NAPPA.

1998, Charles Deering McCormick University Distinguished Professor
1992, National Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award

Courses

  • Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Creative Drama
  • Storytelling