Psychoanalytic Dialogues II

An Evening of Discussion in which Distinguished San Diegans Working in the Arts and Sciences Talk With Us About the Interface of Their Work and Ours


UCSD Theater Professor Emeritus Arthur Wagner will talk on how psychoanalytic principles are used in helping actors develop the sense of how their character thinks, feels and behaves. He will draw from his extensive career as an actor, director and teacher, as well as his own seminal book based on his work with Eric Berne, What’s the Score?


Friday, February 3, 2012 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
7:00 PM - Wine & Cheese



4455 Morena Boulevard, Suite 202
San Diego, CA 92117
United States
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Free for SDPC Members
$25 for Non-members
$15 for Students

Educational Objective(s)

  • Describe how psychoanalytic principles can help actors understand their character in relationship to the play, particular scenes, and the other characters in the play.
  • Discuss how this parallels the work of the psychotherapist with a patient with a key difference related to the place of action and reaction.
  • Discuss how both actor and psychotherapist can benefit from an understanding of how each uses psychoanalytic principles.

Presenter Information

Arthur Wagner, Ph.D. has been involved in the theater for over sixty years. He has studied with Paul Mann at the Actors Workshop in New York City and holds a Ph.D. in Drama from Stanford University. He has held numerous academic positions, most notably as founding chair of the UCSD Department of Drama from 1971 to 1977 and head of the Graduate Professional Actor Training Program from 1977 until his retirement. Wagner, a gifted professional actor and director, has numerous directing and acting credits and is a member of Actors Equity.

Haig Koshkarian. M.D., long time Senior Faculty at SDPC, was a theatre minor at Grinnell College. He has recently left the stage of SDPC to pursue his life as an actor on the stages of San Diego theaters. He will respond to Dr. Wagner’s presentation as a psychoanalyst and as an actor.