Faculty

MAIAI students have the wonderful opportunity to work with a broad array of faculty and guests from the Towson University College of Fine Arts and Communication, the College of Education, the wider Baltimore community, and beyond.

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MAIAI courses are best described as student-centered and practice-oriented, always supported by a strong theoretical framework. (Far right, MAIAI Director, Kate Collins)

MAIAI students have many opportunities to take classes with an expansive range of experienced faculty. This includes faculty from a variety of other departments and colleges at Towson University, as well as practicing artists, arts educators, and scholars who bring their expertise to our students for entire courses as guest faculty or as one-time guests for our various classes.

Program Director: Kate Collins

Kate Collins

Kate Collins joined Towson University and became Program Director for the new Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts Infusion (MAIAI program) in August 2014. Prior to this position, Kate was at Ohio State University completing her doctorate in Arts Administration, Education and Policy. Her action-research dissertation focused on socially engaged arts and cultivating the civic imagination of student and youth artists. 

Prior to pursuing her PhD, Dr. Collins was already an accomplished arts educator, solo performer and community-engaged artist who has directed numerous community arts efforts in Phoenix, AZ and Seattle, WA as well as Toledo and Columbus, OH. She has extensive experience working in the education departments of professional theatres across the U.S. including the George Street Playhouse, Theatre for a New Audience, People’s Light and Theatre Company, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. In 2005 Collins also served as the Director of Education and Community Programs at the Intiman Theatre in Seattle. The common thread in Kate’s work with all of these reputable theatre companies is the design, leadership, and/or facilitation of extensive school partnerships offering innovative arts enrichment and integration programming. 

While her early career was in theatre, Collins’s creative practice, teaching, and research has been highly interdisciplinary for some time. Her current research focuses on community engaged arts collaborations with refugee youth in Baltimore, the success of which led to her Youth Artists and Allies taking Action in Society (YAAAS) project becoming a priority investment of the BTU in 2019. This innovative action research project focuses on developing reciprocal learning models that borrow from numerous artforms and invite refugee and immigrant high school students to work side-by-side with the educators enrolled in the MAIAI program. At the heart of these efforts is the disruption of typical student/teacher hierarchies and the cultivation of humanizing spaces that foster genuine relationships through collaborative artmaking, supportive of the learning and wellbeing of all participants. Developing and leading a study abroad course to Berlin as well as being awarded faculty development funds to take her scholarship to Canada have allowed Collins to extend this scholarship internationally.

Dr. Collins originally hails from Poughkeepsie, NY and a family of dedicated arts educators who owned and directed a dance studio for nearly 40 years. In addition to her doctorate, Kate has a BFA in Acting from SUNY College at Fredonia and an MFA in Theatre for Youth from Arizona State. A seasoned artist and educator, Collins is also an accomplished researcher who frequently presents for national and international organizations such as the National Art Education Association (NAEA), Imagining America, the National Organization for Arts in Health, and the International Society for Education through Art. Currently, Dr. Collins is the Eastern Regional Director for the Higher Education Division of NAEA and prior to that she served as President for the Community Art Caucus. Her scholarship can be found in journals such as: Public: A Journal of Imagining America, RIDE: Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, the Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education, as well as in books such as: Creating Social Change Through Creativity: Anti-Oppressive Arts-based Research Methodologies  and Transversalities: International Perspectives on Community Art Education.