"The Psyche on Stage: The Transformation of the Soul Through Drama"
Cost: $25 for members | $30 for non-members
CEUs: 2 CEUs are available for Friday's lecture (an additional $10)
Theater has long provided the human soul with the possibility of transformation. Viewing and/or participating in dramatic ritual allows us to see hidden aspects of ourselves and repressed aspects of the culture at large. It also provides a channel for the healthy expression of deep emotions. Jung described such creative work as becoming conscious of the Shadow and working toward Individuation; that is becoming more of who we really are, as opposed to who we think we should be. This lecture takes a look at the Individuation process in theater using scenes and images from modern and ancient plays. Also explored is the archetypal pattern of Death and Rebirth that underlies Drama as an art form and fuels the possibility for healing and transformation. Come join us as we explore that great Theater in the Round that is the Psyche on Stage.
"Mining Character, Mending the Soul"
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $85 for members | $95 for non-members
CEUs: 4.5 CEUs are available for Saturday's workshop (an additional $25)
Event Location: The First Unitarian Church of Cleveland
(21600 Shaker Blvd., Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122)
This workshop takes the subject of Friday's lecture into the realm of personal experience. In a friendly, supportive environment, participants will have the opportunity to further explore their own individuation process through the medium of theater.
The workshop begins with a gentle warm-up period to loosen the voice and relax the body (this section is not strenuous and may be done seated). After this, short scenes and/or monologues from various plays will be provided for attendees. Through discussion and personal reflection, participants will then select the material they wish to work with. Following lunch, there will be a rehearsal period with the chance to explore the emotional, psychological and physical aspects of a character or scene. This material will then be presented for the group in the format of a dramatic reading. The chance to discuss and process one's personal experience will follow.
Please Note: All are welcome. The atmosphere provided is relaxed, non-competitive and meant to facilitate a psychological process rather than a performance. No prior acting/theater experience is necessary. Please wear comfortable clothing.
Constance Romero, LPC, LMFT, is a Jungian Analyst in private practice in the New Orleans area. She also is on the teaching faculties of the New Orleans Jung Seminar and The Florida Association of Jungian Analysts. She has a professional background in theatre and lectures frequently on the arts and Depth Psychology. Her essay, The Cane is Crying: Notes on Katrina, was published in Psychological Perspectives.