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