November 6th, 2019:
Tim Collins on Tour!
Upcoming performances and workshops in November:
Nov 13- Principal’s Meeting, MO BOCES, Verona, NY
Nov 14-15- Performance and Writing Workshops at MO BOCES, Verona, NY
Nov 18- Dracut Elementary School, Dracut, MA
Nov 19- Ridgeway Elementary School, White Plains, NY
Nov 20- Cultural Responsiveness Across Communities Youth Leadership Summit, MO BOCES, Verona, NY
Nov 20-21- Performance and Writing Workshops at MO BOCES, Verona, NY
Nov 22nd- HW Mountz Elementary School, Spring Lake, NJ
October, 2019: CHANGING THE SCRIPT and Tim on WETM News!
“Changing The Script” performance in Elmira
by: Melissa FalconePosted: Oct 23, 2019 / 10:56 PM EDT / Updated: Oct 24, 2019 / 02:37 PM EDT
ELMIRA, (WETM) – The Self-Love Youth Project made their debut today at the Community Arts Building in Elmira. This is the 2nd Annual Self-Love Youth Project for Safezones and projectCAP.
The youth group performed Changing The Script, a play based on stories written and performed by local youth in the area. Changing the Script is produced and directed by the iconic Tim Collins. The play also received contributions from and featured ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.
This creative expression project is open to youth from grades 7-12 and allows for a safe and collaborative environment for young students.
October, 2019: Bullying Prevention Month!
Some Twitter posts from various schools that Tim has been to over the past few years:
October 2019: On the road with performances, workshops, and the debut of the play CHANGING THE SCRIPT!
October is Bullying Prevention Month and Tim has been on the road, working with schools and agencies across NY state. In addition to touring, Tim partnered once again with activist and educator Kim Stanton (founder of Abby’s Paws For A Cause) to launch the debut performance of CHANGING THE SCRIPT, a play by teens from Elmira, NY.
Over several months, Tim, Kim Stanton, and other area educators collected writing from hundreds of students in and around Elmira. Tim adapted the writing into a play for thirteen teen actors. In collaboration with Kim Stanton, Tim directed CHANGING THE SCRIPT, and the play debuted at the 2nd Annual Youth Self-Love Project, held at Community Arts of Elmira on October 23rd. Nearly 100 community members turned out to catch this exciting ensemble performance!
Video recording of CHANGING THE SCRIPT, live in performance:
Check out this interview with Tim about CHANGING THE SCRIPT on WETM 18 News:
Thanks to Kim Stanton and all the individuals, agencies, and students who made CHANGING THE SCRIPT a reality! Tim will return to Elmira in early 2020 to work with Kim Stanton and the teen actors in preparation for a number of additional performances and opportunities.
September 25th: On the road in Upstate NY!
Pics from yesterday’s performance at State Street Intermediate School in Skaneateles, NY. Awesome students and great discussion about Bullying Prevention! #Otherpeoplematter
September 9th, 2019: CHANGING THE SCRIPT- A play based on stories from Elmira, NY youth- debuting in October, 2019!
August 30th, 2019: THE SCRIPT at EMCC
THE SCRIPT in performance at Eastern Maine Community College, Bangor, Maine.
August 30th, 2019: Tim on the road in Maine!
Tim brought THE SCRIPT and a range of interactive workshops to Unity College in Unity, Maine, and to Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor. Check out the pics from an Empathetic Responder Workshop for EMCC faculty and staff, below!
August 24th, 2019: THE SCRIPT on TOUR
Tim was on the road in August, working at a number of East Coast colleges for Freshman Orientation. THE SCRIPT returned to SUNY Geneseo for the second year in a row; two performances for 1,500 freshman and transfer students. Check out the pics, below!
August 7th, 2019: The new promotional video for THE SCRIPT, now on Youtube!
August 5th, 2019: Tim is preparing to head out on the road next week for Freshman Orientation at schools on the East Coast.
In the meantime, a newly designed www.timcollinsonline.com will launch this fall, and six new promo videos, designed and edited by William LaCosto, will go live over the next two months. Here’s a few screenshots of the new video for THE SCRIPT:
July 22nd, 2019: NY educators comment on STANDING BY, STANDING UP:
“Tim Collins came to our middle school and delivered three performances to our entire student body of sixth through eighth grade students. Each grade level was a separate performance tailored to the needs of that specific age group. The energy and message that was present in each 50 minute segment was second to none. Each student was challenged in a personal way that no other lesson or class or presentation ever accomplished.
We, as educators, struggle with ways to deal with such real and sensitive issues and Tim Collins was able to address them all in a matter of minutes in a way that our students have never experienced. The follow up with our teachers shared with the students was equally valued. It made it very easy for our adults in the building to discuss such topics as bullying, making healthy decisions and a host of others that every school faces every day of the school year.
I would strongly recommend Tim and his performances to any school who is interested in addressing the multitude of topics that our students are faced with in their everyday lives.”
-Todd Widrick, Principal of Otto L Shortell Middle School, Wampsville, NY
June 21st, 2019: FL and VT educators comment on the Toxic Masculinity Workshop:
“Tim Collins’ Toxic Masculinity workshop is unlike any you are likely to encounter, primarily because Tim is unlike any presenter, performer, or facilitator you are likely to meet. His open and engaging personality is immediately disarming and his intuitive sense of how people learn and engage with their full bodies and minds makes for a nonjudgemental, educational space.
The content of the workshop is focused on contextualizing how we think about and are presented gender in our American society and the implications for that ideology in our relational and sexual lives. Tim gives the participants an opportunity to reflect on how the content makes them feel and how they have seen these patterns develop in their own lives. No matter how someone in the workshop identifies, the message is that we are all subject to these messages and are impacted by them. The message is also that we are complicit, but this is not an accusation. Tim presents this as just a heartbreaking fact that is impactful not just because it’s true, but because Tim has by that point earned our trust enough to hear something so hard and painful.
This is an important workshop for anyone who is familiar with the topic and wants a new to engage with it, for anyone who has heard the phrase but was afraid to ask what it meant, and anyone who feels defensive at the concept of Toxic Masculinity.”
—Robyn Manning-Samuels, Health Education Coordinator, New College of Florida, Sarasota, FL
“As always, Tim led an engaging, interactive workshop that had our students thinking introspectively about their own relationships, our broader campus, and the larger society.
The Toxic Masculinity workshop took a deeper dive into the messaging behind the media we ingest and how it can influence the ways we conceptualize gender, femininity, and masculinity.”
—Megan Grove, Coordinator for Campus Prevention, Intervention, & Advocacy and Survivor Advocate, Marlboro College, Marlboro, VT
May 29th, 2019: Kind & humbling comments about STANDING BY, STANDING UP, the Bullying Prevention show!
“Fieldstone Middle School invited Tim Collins to perform Standing By, Standing Up to kick off our first Upstander Week. We couldn’t have asked for a better way to introduce the concept of being an upstander.
Tim’s performance was engaging, touching, funny and informative. The classrooms and hallways were buzzing with honest discussion in the days after the performance, and it really gave Upstander Week the jolt it needed to show our students the importance of being proactive and caring.
Our teachers utilized the messages and themes of the performance in their lessons throughout the week and were floored by how much the students took from their short time with Tim.”
Social Studies Coordinator
Fieldstone Middle School
May 25th, 2019: Child Psychiatrist Dr. Jayaprabha Nair comments on STANDING BY, STANDING UP:
“What an amazing show! Tim’s explosive talent matches his passion in bringing such complicated and essential topics to light. His chameleon like ability to switch between characters helps the viewer “see” the heartbreaking and powerful consequences of bullying.
This show and his work deserves to be seen in every school, by every organization and institution in the country! Bravo!”
Jayaprabha V. Nair, M.D., MPH
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
May 9th, 2019: Kind words from Community Action Partnership of Madison County:
“Last Thursday, with help from Madison County, New York and BRiDGES Madison County Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Inc., CAP hosted renowned performer Tim Collins for his “Speaking Up, Speaking Out” one-man show.
Through his engaging, interactive show, Tim told a story of cyberbullying and what to do if you or a friend is being bullied. The children were very receptive to Tim’s message of “Speaking Up” to a trusted adult if they see something they know is wrong.
A special thank you to the Canastota VFW for letting us use their space.”
April 11th, 2019: A BIG Otto Shortell THANK YOU to Tim Collins Solo Performer for performing ‘STANDING BY, STANDING UP’ and teaching us how to avoid bullies, become an empowered bystander, and how to work to prevent bullying and cyberbullying in and out of school. #middleschoolcounts