International Conference "Theatre Between Tradition and Contemporaneity"
Theatre - Dance - Music - Visual & Multimedia Art - Arts Administration - Performing Arts Training - Theatre Design & Technology

December 16 - 20, 2017

The Archetypal Journey: Deepening Access to Imagination in Performance. 

Practical workshop by Sheila Gordon, Associate Professor of Acting and Voice, St. Edward’s University (USA) and 
Patricia Tedford, Associate Professor of Acting and Voice Thorneloe University (Canada)   

Sheila Gordon and Patricia Tedford are certified trainers in Acting and Singing with the Archetypes (as created and written in the book of the same title by Frankie Armstrong and Janet Rodgers).   

Sheila Gordon is an actor and professor of acting and voice at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX. Sheila received her BFA from New York University, her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University, and has studied and practiced extensively in somatic movement approaches, providing the core of her development as an artist and teacher. She has taught workshops in voice, movement and acting in France, Switzerland, Russia, UK, 
Italy, Ukraine and Latvia. She is the author/performer of several critically acclaimed solo performance pieces, including One Venus Hour, which was invited to appear at the EstroGenius Festival in New York City in 2011. Currently, she is developing a new performance about Liz Carpenter, LadyBird Johnson and the WhistleStop Campaign Tour of 1964. 

A professional actor, director, and teacher, Patricia 
Tedford lives in Sudbury, Ontario and teaches Acting and Voice for theatre at Thorneloe University. 

Recent performances in Sudbury include: Hay Fever (Thorneloe Theatre), Henry and Alice Into the Wild (Blue Water Summer Playhouse), Our Town, How It Works (Sudbury Theatre Centre), Muskeg and Money (North Road Theatre), Shakespeare’s Will (Text Me Productions), and Faith Healer (ImPulse Theatre). For Thorneloe she has directed The Memory of Water, Cabaret, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Les Belles Soeurs, Book of Days, Hedda Gabler, Twelfth Night and As You Like It. Her most recent film is an ongoing project that is being developed in yearly chapters: Perspective, five of nine chapters have been completed and shown yearly at Cinefest in Sudbury. 

Patricia has lived and worked as an actor in Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto, and Ottawa prior to settling in Sudbury. She was also the founder/Artistic Director/Producer of Ottawa Lunchbox Theatre. Patricia holds a BSC in Nursing from The University of Windsor, Windsor Ontario , a BFA with a Specialization in Performance from Concordia University, in Montreal, an MFA in Acting from York University in Toronto, and the Stand Alone Voice Teacher Diploma, also from York University, under the direction of David Smukler. 

Patricia is currently an  Associate Professor at Thorneloe University and is Co-ordinator of the BFA in Theatre and Motion Picture Arts. 


The Archetypal Journey: deepening access to imagination in performance is a workshop exploring the psycho-physical aspects of archetypal characters depicted in legends, myths, folktales and dreams. These characters, such as Trickster, Huntress, Noble Warrior, Lover, Devil, Child, Spiritual Leader, Crone, Huntress, etc., (according to Carl Jung), are deeply embedded within the human collective unconscious, and assist us in becoming complete as individuals. The creative journeys we will explore in this workshop are specifically designed to help performing artists tap into the imagination of mythical self. Participants will engage in two archetypal character journeys and apply new-found vocal and physical expression to text. Participants will also engage in drawing and creative writing during the structured reflective process. 

Clothing appropriate for movement is required, and adjustments are made for all levels of physical ability. It is helpful for participants to have a memorized poem, song or monologue.   

Organized by IUGTE in collaboration with "ArtUniverse"