Archetypal Drama with Bill Pearlman at LifePath Center

By Life Path Center staff

Drama therapist, poet, and professional actor Bill Pearlman presents an introduction to his creative action therapy, Archetypal Drama, at LifePath Center. The introductory session will explain some of the basic concepts of the work as well as sample presentations of how archetypal dialogue works in this form of dramatic interaction. Pearlman will talk about archetypes, the work of C.G. Jung and James Hillman, and the uses of active imagination in soulful interchange. Because Pearlman worked in the professional theater for many years, he will also talk about the relationship between archetypal drama and the theater experiments of innovators such as Jerzy Grotowski and Peter Brook, and what depth psychology and certain kinds of acting have in common. This intro, and hopefully the workshops that follow, will take place at LifePath’s spacious and charming group room at Rinconada de la Aldea 29. Suggested donation for this intro will be 50 pesos.

If there is sufficient interest, this introduction will be followed by four more intensive workshops in September, beginning on Tuesdays, September 2 through September 23, from 10am to 2pm. These workshops will explore a broad range of material and include “Archetypal Drama and Inner Work,” “Relationship and Soul,” “The Festive Wellsprings of Archetypal Drama,” and “Dream and Psyche.” No theater experience is required; what we will be creating is a kind of theater of soul, in which the group plays roles and supports an individual protagonist/actor whose work will be the center of the action. Those interested in the four-week workshop can register by writing to Bill Pearlman at, or you can register at the introductory presentation. We would like to establish an ongoing group, so we ask that persons sign up for the whole four sessions. A note on this kind of theater of therapy: Our attempt in this work is to get back to the ancient ground of theater which always had at its root a ritual or ceremonial aspect that developed themes and characters around humanity’s most relevant issues. And the archetype, as Jung had it, is part of the foundation of psychic life. By actively imagining dialogues of archetypal figures (e.g. Love, Peace, Faith, Doubt, The Artist), we often arrive at new experience that is often joyful, meaningful, and soulful.

Bill Pearlman is a pioneer in archetypal drama therapy, an amalgam of dramatic and therapeutic ideas influenced by Jung, Hillman, Moreno, Grotowski, and Peter Brook. Pearlman has worked as a professional actor (member of Actor’s Equity and Screen Actors Guild), is a published poet, and worked in community mental health and private practice in New Mexico for many years. He trained in psychodrama, Structural Family Therapy, and Jungian analysis. He has taught and offered workshops at Southwestern College in Santa Fe, CIIS in San Francisco, and the Program for Drama Therapy at New York University. He has also offered workshops in Brazil and in San Miguel de Allende. He is the author of five books of poetry and a book exploring theater, Jungian Psychology and Drama Therapy, Characters of the Sacred: The World of Archetypal Drama.

Do not miss Archetypal Drama with Bill Pearlman at LifePath Center, Thursday, August 28, from 11am to 1pm.


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