Endowed Professor Spotlight: Patrick Collins - Hobart and William Smith Colleges
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Professor of Education Pat Collins guides actors during a rehearsal of the upcoming play the Heidi Chronicles

Endowed Professor Spotlight: Patrick Collins

Joining the HWS faculty in 1985, Patrick M. Collins P’09, Professor Emeritus of Education who recently held the Lloyd Wright Professorship in Conservative Studies, taught courses on the arts and education with a focus on theatre, drama and community engagement, while also teaching in the Colleges’ Teacher Education Program. During his tenure, Collins chaired the Education Department and the Theatre Department and co-chaired the Arts and Education Program. He also directed more than 50 plays (both on and off campus) primarily with and for young people, and he worked with HWS students to conduct numerous workshops and afterschool drama programs for local children.

A longtime advocate of community arts, Collins is the founding director of the Geneva Theatre Guild Youth Theatre and the Fendig Summer Theatre for Children (in Rensselaer, Ind.) as well as co-founder of the Nancy Curvin Playground players. He has served as director of drama at Geneva High School, as president of the Geneva Theatre Guild and as editor of the Youth Theatre Journal. In 2009 he was one of the first recipients of the Theatre Association of New York State’s Fredric Blumberg Distinguished Volunteer Award. He was named the “Boys and Girls Club of Geneva Volunteer of the Year” in 2010 and in 2011 the theatre at the Geneva Community Center was named “The Pat Collins Black Box Theatre” in his honor. He was awarded the Faculty Prize for Community Service in 1991 and continues to serve on the Geneva 2020 Steering Committee.

“The endowed chair was a surprising and an extraordinary honor from the president, my peers and the Colleges at large. One of the joys of doing theatre is that, almost by definition, it is a communal experience. So, I have always viewed this chair as a shared honor: As recognizing not only my work but, more importantly, the work of the hundreds of children, community members and HWS students with whom I have had the privilege to work all these years,” says Collins. “The Lloyd Wright Chair not only validated our work but it also provided me with resources (for travel, research, publicity, etc.) that further enhanced that work. For that I will always be most grateful.”

Collins earned a B.S. from St. Joseph College, an M.S. from Indiana University and an Ed.D. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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