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Colleen Rua
Assistant Professor
School of Theatre + Dance/Theatre Studies, Performance Studies, Directing, Latinx Theatre

Dr. Colleen Rua is Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies/Performance Studies. Her recent directing credits include: Gypsy, Conference of the Birds, AssassinsPilgrims of the Night and the immersive experiences An Awfully Big Adventure, Alice in Wonderland and The Skin of Our Teeth, as well as staged readings of Nosotras que los queremos tanto by Hugo Salcedo, Lomas de poleo by Edeberto Galindo, and Red Bike and In the Time of the Butterflies by Caridad Svich. As a director, she is particularly excited about creating devised and immersive performances in collaboration with performer-playwrights that reconsider space and actor-audience relationships. 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. In 2014, Dr. Rua co-founded and directed Bridgewater State University's Acting for Justice theatre troupe which addressed issues of equity and inclusion on college campuses. She has taught courses at MIT, Northwestern University, Tufts University, and UMASS Lowell and has delivered guest lectures at Duke University and Suffolk University. Dr. Rua’s research interests include Latinx Theatre, Immersive Theatre, the American Musical, and Theatre for Youth. Her book project, Coming Home: Latinx Representations on Broadway, focuses on three Broadway musicals (West Side Story, The Capeman, and In the Heights) to explore the place and significance of the Latinx character and culture about the search for and construction of “home.”  Through a thorough investigation of these musicals and their original Broadway productions, she examines the ways in which theatre artists have represented Latinx identity, language, memory and space, and the impact of these representations on both Latinx and non-Latinx audiences. Dr. Rua’s conference presentations have included, “Gender, Environmentalism, and Secularization in Sor Juana’s el divino narciso,” and “Translation and Adaptation Challenges in Ana Caro’s valor, agravio y una mujer,” at the American Society for Theatre Research and “Serving Los Estados Unidos: Identity, War and Memory in Elliot, a Soldier’s Fugue” at Northwestern University. Other 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. 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 is the recipient of Bridgewater State University’s 2019 Presidential Award for Distinguished Teaching and was the 2015 recipient the New England Theatre Conference's Leonidas Nikole Award for Theatre Educator of the Year. Dr. Rua holds a PhD in Drama from Tufts University and an MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College.

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