Eastern Michigan University
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Darlene Leifson

Part-Time Lecturer

602K Pray-Harrold




  • BA–English, Brigham Young University, 1999
  • MA—Applied Drama/Theatre for the Young, Eastern Michigan University, 2003
  • PhD—Humanities, The University of Texas at Dallas, 2008

Professional Associations/Memberships

  • Modern Language Association
  • Performance Philosophy Association

Representative Courses Taught

  • CTAR 222: Drama and Play in Human Experience
  • CTAR 300: Integrated Arts
  • CTAR 323: Improvisation and Role-Play
  • CTAR 479/501: Teaching as Performance
  • CTAC 504: Creativity in Communication
  • CTAR 601: Performance Inquiry
  • CTAR 677: Research Techniques
  • CTAC 255: Listening Behavior
  • CTAC 277: Interpersonal Communication
  • CTAR 373: Family Communication
  • CTAR 475: Research in Speech Communication



Darlene Leifson’s research interests include creativity and the brain; critical theory, especially performance theory and emerging theories related to neuroscience/neuroethics; undergraduate education for a knowledge/creative economy; and the drama and philosophy of existential French philosopher Gabriel Marcel (1889-1973).  Her article, "Sages, Seers, and Saints: Creativity and Liminality in British Romantic Prose," was published in the South Texas Journal of English Studies in 2010.  It exemplifies her interest in examining creativity through the theoretical lens of performance.

The School of Communication, Media & Theatre Arts is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.4344