Jennifer R. Collins holds a Doctorate in Theatre from The Ohio State University. At Ohio State, she completed her master’s thesis, Gesticulated Shakespeare: Gesture and Movement in Silent Shakespeare Films, and doctoral dissertation, Essential Functions: American Delsartism and Its Influence on Women’s Roles in Society. Her research focuses on studies in Gesture/Dance in Theatre, Gesture in Shakespeare, Silent Film, and Delsarte Actor Training. She has presented her research at the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) and at Ohio State. Collins also holds a BA degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology from Ohio Northern University, and her senior research at ONU, “Inmate Overpopulation in Relation to Prison Violence,” was awarded 1st prize in the 2nd David C. Saffell Essay Contest. Prior to pursuing her graduate degrees, Collins worked for the Ohio Department of Education, Office of Professional Conduct. Dr. Collins currently teaches courses at The Ohio State University―Newark and supervises and coordinates the Introduction to Theatre course—TH2100 (Hybrid & Online) at Ohio State, Columbus campus.
Collins is interested in the dance qualities that theatre inhabits, presents, gives opportunity to, and advances: Essentially, all things gesture in theatre and dance.
In addition to teaching, Collins is a director and performer. Most recently, she directed Witness for the Prosecution (Little Theatre off Broadway), This Property is Condemned (Ohio State―Lab Series), and assisted Director Geoff Wilson for The Hounds of the Baskervilles (Actors Theatre). A few of her past favorite acting roles include Sabine (Kenneth Ludwig’s The Three Musketeers), Sorel Bliss (Hay Fever), Mary Warren (The Crucible), Emily Webb (Our Town), Viola (Twelfth Night), and Desdemona (Othello). She also is a principal actor in the Ohio State's “Surviving an Active Shooter” video.
Collins is a trained ballet dancer from the BalletMet Columbus Academy, under the artistic directorship of John McFall and David Nixon. At BalletMet, she has worked with David Nixon, George Boft (Soloist for 18 years with the Bolshoi Theatre Ballet & Artistic Director of the Moscow Operetta Theatre for 20 years), Daryl Kramer (Co-Founder and past Academy Director of BalletMet), and Tim Veach (Artistic Director of Columbus Dance Theatre). As a dancer, she has also worked with James Sewell (James Sewell Ballet), Erich Yetter (past Artistic director of Peoria Ballet), and James Killiea. Collins also holds a Suzuki Teacher Certification for Violin, having begun her studies with Lorraine Fink (one of the few Americans to study with Shinichi Suzuki), and continued her studies in violin performance with Susan Sommerville and Douglas Locke.