Robin Collen received both her BA (1976) and MS (1984) in Dance from the University of Oregon. She received a certification in Movement Analysis from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute’s Seattle program in 1989, and a PhD in Dance from Texas Woman’s University in 2002.
Collen is a professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the State University of New York at Potsdam, chairing the department for six years. In 2011 she received the university’s President’s Award for Excellence in College Service. She also taught for three years at the UO.
Collen has choreographed numerous productions, and has performed with the Mary Miller Dance Company (Eugene and Pittsburgh, PA), with a variety of choreographers in Seattle, at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and at SUNY Potsdam. She has presented her scholarly and creative work at numerous state, national, and international conferences.
At the UO, Collen worked closely with emerita faculty member Janet Descutner, and attributes to that collaboration her skills as a writer—skills she utilizes as a member of the Journal of Dance Education editorial board.
Collen is a member of the New York State DanceForce, a consortium of dance activists committed to increasing the state’s quantity and quality of dance activity.
Collen continually refines her pedagogical approaches to improvisation, choreography, Laban Movement Analysis, contemporary dance, and dance pedagogy. She marvels at the many ways she can create learning environments that take students through transformational processes as dancers and as human beings.