The Actor’s Mind is a new podcast hosted by Kateri McRae and Anne Penner that explores acting from a psychological perspective. We describe and discuss popular acting tools that are commonly used in actor training, rehearsals, and performances. Then we identify the parallel psychological processes that are likely in play when actors use these techniques. We discuss the success of these techniques from our own experience, as well as why they work given the evidence from psychology and neuroscience. Our guests are experts from the theater and science worlds: actors, directors, teachers, and psychological scientists, who add their expertise and experience to the conversation.
Season 3 Episode 5: An Interview with Kristin Linklater
Anne’s May 2020 interview with world-renowned voice teacher, Kristin Linklater, who passed away on June 5.
Guest: Kristin Linklater (https://www.linklatervoice.com/)
Season 3 Episode 4: Actor’s Mental Health and Emotional Intelligence
Kateri and Anne discuss actor mental health and emotional intelligence. Then they interview Ashley Hamilton, Executive Director of the University of Denver Prison Arts Initiative.
Guest: Ashley Hamilton
Season 3 Episode 3: Creativity
Kateri and Anne discuss creativity, describe it as a three-step process, and explain the neuroscience behind it. Then Anne interviews Anne Bogart.
Guest: Anne Bogart (http://siti.org/blogs/anne-bogart)
Season 3 Episode 2: Emotion
Kateri and Anne take a deep dive into one of their favorite topics: emotions. Then Kateri interviews Dr. Ajay Satpute, an affective neuroscientist.
Guest: Dr. Ajay Satpute
Season 3 Episode 1: The Pandemic Episode
Anne and Kateri discuss teaching theater online, and then Anne talks with guests about the pandemic’s impact on the Colorado theater community.
Guests: Lynne Collins, Anthony Powell, and Allison Watrous
Season 2 Episode 5: Comedy and Psychological Theories of Humor
Anne and Kateri discuss comedy and psychological theories of humor.
Guest: Jessica Robblee