Stephen Collins grew up in Cambridge, and received a BA in Literature from UMass Boston. After twenty plus years in a sales career, he is back doing what he truly loves – performing and teaching. Recently he has been teaching seminars on Whitman, Hardy, Shakespeare, Frost, and Contemporary Poetry at various locations throughout the country.
Met to rave reviews for over a decade, Mr. Collins’ performances deliver not just the poetry and plays, but they bring poets and playwrights to life on the stage. From his signature performance of “Unlaunche’d Voices, an Evening with Walt Whitman”, to his newest addition “Songs of my Father” (Herman Melville), His shows convey an understanding of the impact and the reactions of the characters to their respective times, giving the audience not just a performance, but an experience.
Teacher and Lecturer
Stephen Collins’ style of teaching has been described as a hybrid between teaching and performance, with each seminar providing an interactive learning experience for your community.
“My residents love anything he does!”Mary Petrino
Three private group tours are available with critically acclaimed actor, teacher and historian, Stephen Collins, a professionally licensed tour guide.
“My residents were impressed that Stephen’s tour was not only historical but literary and architectural”Jesse Roderique
Collins seems to have penetrated Whitman’s soul… What kept the audience enraptured by the performance is that Collins’ illusion is complete. The suspension of disbelief is absolute. The actor disappeared, and we accepted that we were in the presence of Walt Whitman. There’s magic for you.
– Marsha Sloan, Programs & Development Manager, Camden Public Library, Camden, Maine Digest
Those of you who have hosted him know there aren’t enough superlatives to describe his performances… I urge you to consider having (Stephen Collins) perform for your community.
Stephen Collins has performed here at the Ridgefield Library many time over the last 10 years. The latest play … Butterfly by Carl A. Rossi, a wonderful play about the life of the artist Whistler…
The words of “America’s Poet” rang out inside the Mattapoisett Library hall on April 19, as never before. Each syllable of every poem fresh and green within Leaves of Grass dripping wet from the mouth of Walt Whitman…
LETTER OF SUPPORT: Stephen Collins, Theater of the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s – He is an actor and an educator; a truly unique individual – articulate, passionate and engaging.