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Marla Del Collins

Marla Del Collins

Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Performance Studies and Theatre

B.F.A., West Virginia UniversityM.A., Ph.D., New York UniversityPH.D., Arts & Humanities in Education, New York University


Dr. Collins has written, directed and performed for stage and television, and has presented and published scholarly papers in the areas of communication studies, teaching/learning pedagogy, dramaturgy, and feminist standpoint epistemology. She specializes in postmodern precepts and theories applicable to the creative process as generative order. Currently she’s writing a postmodern interpretation of Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize winning plays.

Dr. Collins has taught a wide variety of courses at Columbia U., NYU, Pace U., etc. She is currently teaching the following courses at LIU, Brooklyn: Theatre as Social Ritual (Honors), Political Rhetoric (Honors), Creative Problem Solving, and Oral Communication 3  (core requirement), Core Seminar (core requirement).


Gender Roles in Communication, Rhetorical Criticism


Selected Scholarship Published:
“Transcending Dualistic Thinking in Conflict Resolution,” Negotiation Journal (Harvard Law School), Harvard University, Vol. 21 No. 2 (2005)
To Veil or Not to Veil: A Feminist’s Journey through the Land of Jordan,” Women and Language Journal, George Mason University, Vol. 10, No. 7 (2003)
Dragonflying Beyond Cultural Constraints: The Transcultural Phenomenon,” Journal of Human Communication, Pan Asian Communication Association, Vol. 5, 1 (2002)
“Intrapersonal Communication, the Missing Link,”
Journal of the Illinois Speech and Theatre Association, Vol. LXXI (2002)
“Why Feminists Still Likes Bill: Recognizing Male Depression,”
Smoke Signals, Media, Culture and Communication Journal, NYU,  Vol. 2, 3 (1998)
The Powers That Be: How Feminism Promotes Complex Communication in a Patriarchal Society,” New Dimensions in Communication Journal, New York State Communication Association, Vol. 6 (1992).

Selected Scholarship Presented:
“The Resurrection of Anna Christie, Everywoman.”
Eugene O’Neill Society, The Comparative Drama Conference sponsored by the International Eugene O’Neill Society, Baltimore (2014)
“Dualism and Dynamical Systems of Interpretation,” International Communication & Language Association Conference sponsored by The Institute of Advanced Studies; School of European Languages and Cultures, Lancaster University, United Kingdom (2003)
“’Dragonflying’ Beyond Cultural Constraints: The Transcultural CommunicationPhenomenon,” 8th International Conference on Cross Cultural Communication, Baptist University, Hong Kong (2001)
“Creating Dragonfly Complexity; Dragonfly Dynamics, East and West,”
Shanghai International Symposium on Communication, Shanghai International Studies University, Shanghai, China (1999)
“Gender Identity, an Evolution Towards Complexity,”
5th Annual International Communication Conference: Communication and the Culture of Democracy, Arab-U.S. Association for Communication Educators under the patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II, Amman, Jordan (2000)
“Organizing for the Future through the Lens of a Dragonfly,” Communication Organizing for the Future, International Communication Conference, Rome, Italy (July1998)
“Strange Interlude: An O’Neill Play About Social Determinism,”
Northeast Modern Language Association, Pittsburgh (1993).

Recently Published: “Agnes Boulton,” “Sarah Sandy,” “Ella O’Neill,” Best American Monologues, Applause Books, Vol. II (2014)
“The Lovers & Others of Eugene O’Neill,”
Best American Short Plays-2008, Applause Books (2008).

International Eugene O’Neill Society, International Susan Glaspell Society, International/National Communication Associations, Pan Asian Communication Association, Global Communication, Modern Language Association, American Alliance for Theatre & Education, Alliance for Theatre in Higher Education, Arab-US Association for Communication Educators, North Eastern Modern Language Association, Dramatist Guild, Dramatists League, Player’s Club, Institute of General Semantics (honorary board member), Lambda Pi Eta, Kappa Delta Pi Beta Pi, Pi Lambda Theta, Alpha Chi, AEA, SAG, AFTRA.