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 4 Episode 4: The Space Between
Anne and Kateri discuss their reactions to the conversation with Dr. Danny McIntosh about different kinds of empathy, the space between actor and character, characters and other characters, and interdisciplinarity.
Season 4 Episode 3: Mimicry and Resonance
Anne and Kateri talk about all sorts of things—mimicry, resonance, empathy, the power of theater, religious experiences, and more—with psychologist Dr. Danny McIntosh, who also has been Dean of DU’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences for the past seven years.
Guest: Dr. Danny McIntosh
Season 4 Episode 2: Actor Agency, Empathy, and Embodiment
Kateri and Anne’s response to Episode 1.
Season 4 Episode 1: The Science of Acting
Anne and Kateri interview three psychologists who have worked with actors in order to investigate how various psychological studies make sense of the acting process.
Guests: Dr. Thalia Goldstein, Dr. Denis Dumas, Dr. Peter Sokol-Hessner
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