Sheila K. Collins

Sheila K. Collins

Sheila K. Collins, PhD is an author, dancer, therapist, keynote speaker, and improvisational performance artist. Her award-winning memoir, Warrior Mother: Fierce Love, Unbearable Loss and the Rituals that Heal was published by She Writes Press in 2013. The book chronicles her experiences accompanying her best friend through 14 days of her dying, her son as he lived with and died from AIDS and her daughter, as she lived with and died from Breast Cancer. Her first book, Stillpoint: The Dance of Selfcaring, Selfhealiing offers playful art tools and humorous reframes to help professional and family caregivers take care of themselves as they care for others. Her work has appeared in The Examined Life Journal, the anthology, Inside Out: Literature of Mental Illness, and the Huffington Post.

Dr.Collins currently directs the Wing & A Prayer Pittsburgh Players, an improvisational performance troupe that uses the art-based tools of InterPlay to explore large-scale societal challenges such as mental illness, violence, and racism. She travels nationally and internationally assisting individuals and organizations to tell their stories in transforming ways.

For more info please visit:
Sheila's website:
Sheila's Blog '"Dancing with Everything" -

"Warrior Mother" Video Trailer

TEDx video - "When Death Threatens"

For More Information About InterPlay:

InterPlay-Pittsburgh Facebook

InterPlay Introduction VIDEO

InterPlay Pittsburgh-TEDX VIDEO

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