Colorado native Elise Collins is passionate about supporting the next generation of performing artists. Collins has been involved in the performing arts across Colorado as a performer, director, teaching artist, puppeteer, arts administrator, accessibility advocate and grant administrator. As a proud alumna and Boettcher Scholar, she developed a deep appreciation for the high quality arts programming at CU Boulder.
During her time at CU Boulder, Collins performed in eight Colorado Shakespeare Festival shows, taught with Camp Shakespeare and coordinated logistics for touring groups for CU Presents’ Artist Series. Her career also includes working for Colorado Creative Industries, Scenic Art Studios, the American Shakespeare Center, Affinity Arts Consulting and CU Boulder’s Playback Theatre Ensemble.
Collins enjoys learning about others’ passions and connecting them with meaningful engagement opportunities. She uses her business acumen and privilege to empower other artists, especially those from historically marginalized groups.
Collins earned an MBA, MA in theatre and performance studies and BFA in theatre performance at CU Boulder. Outside of work, Collins serves on the boards of the Butterfly Effect Theatre of Colorado and the Performing Arts Academy. When she’s not at arts events, she enjoys taking walks in nature, asking life’s big questions and partner dancing.