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The Artist’s Guide To Archetypes





“The Artist’s Guide to Archetypes” is an interactive seminar for authors/writers, playwrights, screenwriters, directors, actors and other performers to understand universal archetypes.

Learning the symbolic language of archetypes will ignite your creative journey. This 2-day interactive seminar will facilitate your creation of captivating and character-driven plays, films, productions and performances. In this intimate and interpretative seminar, you will sharpen your ability to construct and portray convincing characters and deliver believable, enthralling storylines.

Jim Curtan worked in Hollywood with an intuitive sense of Archetypal energies and patterns. It was later that he learned the language of Archetypes through the works of Carl Jung and Caroline Myss. He has been a faculty member of the Caroline Myss Educational Institute since its inception in 2003. He lectures and leads seminars nationally and internationally. As a former talent manager, Jim advised prominent actors such as Carrie Fischer, John Malkovich, John Travolta, Melanie Griffith, Geena Davis, Willem Dafoe, Andy Garcia, and Patrick Swayze.

Saturday, April 29th, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM 

 Seminar I: Understanding Myth and Archetype and How They Impact the Storyteller

(All who work in the performing arts are storytellers, spell-casters and magicians.)

Topics covered in Seminar I will include:

  • It is the nature of your work to be seen. How do you make yourself conscious of what you communicate and what the audience sees? How do you teach your audience how to see?
  • How does an archetype differ from a stereotype?
  • Spot the patterns that define the archetypal signature that makes your work unique. Every successful actor, director or writer has a signature. It’s what draws the public to our work and keeps it from being repetitive and predictable
  • Identify the “mythic through-line” of your work.
  • Accessing the Entrepreneur archetype—managing your vision of yourself and your vision of your work.
  • How understanding archetype and myth helps create an impersonal boundary that protects the artist from taking criticism “personally.”

Sunday, April 30th, 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM 

Seminar II: Discovering Your Character’s Archetypes

Topics covered in Seminar II will include:

  • Do you take on the archetypes of the character or do you adapt the character to suit your archetypal patterns? Or both?  Each is a legitimate approach to the character. Every actor plays Hamlet differently. Every actor plays Blanche du Bois differently.
  • The creation of a performance is a collaborative effort between the author, performer and director. How can an understanding of archetype and myth facilitate creative communication between the collaborators?
  • How can an understanding of archetypes contribute to the physicality of a performance? Movement? Costuming?

There may be participatory exercises in the Saturday morning session. There definitely will be in the Sunday evening session.

There will be questions and discussions at both.

Dates:  Saturday, April 29 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and Sunday, April 30 from  6:00 pm to 9:30 pm.  Attend on Saturday or Sunday or both days.

Location: Stub Hall, Luther Seminary, 2329 W. Hendon Ave., St. Paul, MN

Cost: Sliding Scale $20 to $50 per seminar session

To register: The Artist’s Guide to Archetypes Registration

You can also register at the door on the day of the seminar.

Co-Sponsored by:

The Minnesota Jung Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the exploration of the human psyche and its interconnectedness with community and the world.

Theatre Coup d’Etat’s mission is to provoke an emotional and analytical response in their audiences by showing the depth of the human condition through both classical and contemporary works.

 Contact information

Minnesota Jung Association