Colleen Rua

Dr. Colleen Rua is Assistant Professor of Theatre at Bridgewater State University. Recent credits  include Gypsy, Conference of the Birds, AssassinsPilgrims of the Night and the immersive experiences An Awfully Big Adventure and Alice in Wonderland. Dr. Rua was  the Artistic Director of Arlington Children's Theatre and Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of SouthCity Theatre, in residence at Boston's Factory Theatre. Other recent credits include Speed Date and Penguin Encounter with ACME Theatre and a staged readings of the Nosotras que los queremos tanto and Lomas de poleo.  In 2014-2015, she directed BSU's Acting for Justice theatre troupe which performed at several social justice events. She has taught courses at Northwestern University Tufts University and UMASS Lowell and has delivered guest lectures at Duke University and Suffolk University. She has presented and led workshops at national and regional conferences including the American Society for Theatre Research, Association for Theatre in Higher Education and Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild. She was the recipient of an Outstanding Teaching Award at Northwestern University in 2013 and was the 2015  recipient of the New England Theatre Conference's Leonidas Nikole Award for Theatre Educator of the Year.  Her recent publications include the forthcoming “Navigating Neverland and Wonderland: Audience as Spect-Character,” in Theatre History Studies Journal and “Pop Operas, or, Broadway sells T-shirts! In American Literature in Translation 1980-1990 published by Cambridge University Press. Her next project is an immersive production of Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth. Dr.Rua holds a PhD in Drama from Tufts University and an MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College. Her research interests include Latinx Theatre, the American Musical and Theatre for Youth.