Papers, Presentations, and Discussions
Our post-show discussions led by renowned psychologists, psychiatrists, and academicians from Boston and New York City will focus on the psychological themes highlighted in our unique production of Hamlet. Our presenters will use jargon-free language that is accessible to the general audience.
Wednesday, November 30th 2011:
"Remember Me: How Hamlet Explores Memory."
Jessica Ernst is a director in the Boston area. She directed a variety of works at Gettysburg College, and has been a director with the Greylock Theatre Project at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2010 and 2011. She has also assistant directed for the New Repertory Theatre and Actor’s Shakespeare Project. Following Hamlet, Jess will be directing readings of 5 new plays with the Gan-e-Meed Theatre Project’s One-Page-Play Experiment, and she is also the associate producer of Blood Rose Rising, an upcoming serial drama. Jess received a B.A. in Theatre Arts and English from Gettysburg College, where a semester-long intensive study of Hamlet culminated in her undergraduate thesis. Jessica also serves as the Assistant Director and Dramaturg for this production of Hamlet.
Thursday, December 1st 2011:
"Hamlet as a Symbol of the Victim/Offender Coexistence."
Carlos A. Cuevas, Ph.D.
Carlos Cuevas is a psychologist and assistant professor at Northeastern University in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Dr. Cuevas’s teaching and research focuses on family violence and abuse, victimization and trauma, and sexual violence. His work also aims to understand the connection between victimization and offending behavior, focusing on mental health and the role it plays in the victimization-offending link. As a practicing clinician, Dr. Cuevas provides community-based services to victims of abuse and trauma, as well as to offenders.
Friday, December 2nd and Friday, December 9th 2011:
"Parallel Plays in Psychoanalysis and Theater."
Phillip Freeman, M.D., D.M.H.
Phillip Freeman is a practicing psychoanalyst, psychiatrist, author, and theatre/film consultant. A training and supervising psychoanalyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Inc.(BPSI), Dr. Freeman is also a member of the faculty of the Departments of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School and the Boston University School of Medicine.
Saturday, December 3rd 2011:
Arthur Gray, Ph.D
Arthur A. Gray is a psychoanalyst in private practice for over 30 years in New York City. He treats adults, couples, groups, and adolescents. He is on the faculty of the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity (IPSS) and the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health Group Department. In addition to teaching, and lecturing, he has published on the psychological world of the infant, group therapy, and supervision in a group context. He has a special interest in integrating his study of improvisation into psychoanalytic theory and practice. His latest publication is “Theater and Therapy: How improvisation informs the analytic hour” coauthored with Rosalind Kindler (2010). Arthur received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University; and his postdoctoral training in psychoanalysis at Postgraduate Center for Mental Health. Before studying psychology he had trained as a professional actor with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater, in New York City. From Meisner he learned a unique and rigorous approach to improvisation that has influenced his work as a psychoanalyst.
Sunday, December 4th 2011:
"All in the Family: Murder, Rape, Assault, and Abuse."
Larry J. Siegel, Ph.D.
Larry J. Siegel was born in the Bronx in 1947. Growing up in the city, he became fascinated by the effects social forces had on human development and behavior--- namely: Did people shape society or did society shape people? He applied this interest to the study of crime and justice.
While attending the City College of New York in the 1960s, he was introduced to the study of crime and justice in courses taught by noted sociologist, Charles Winick. Siegel’s newly developing interest led him to the School of Criminal Justice at the State University of New York at Albany, where he completed his master's thesis in 1970--- undertaking a study of attorneys in the juvenile court process. He completed his Ph.D. in 1975--- conducting a study measuring the effects of the juvenile court process on the self-image of youth. Dr. Siegel began his teaching career in 1971 at Northeastern University in Boston, where he taught courses on juvenile justice, research methods, and statistics. After leaving Northeastern in 1980, he held teaching positions at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire. He is currently a professor at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Dr. Siegel has written extensively in the area of crime and justice--- including more than a dozen books on juvenile law, delinquency, criminology, criminal procedure, and other topics. He is a court certified expert on police conduct, and has testified in numerous legal cases. He resides in New Hampshire, with his wife, Therese J. Libby, Esq.
Wednesday, December 7th 2011:
"Oedipal Dynamics and Sexual Politics in Hamlet: Homosexual, Heterosexual in Theater and Film."
Edward Eaton, Ph.D.
Edward Eaton has worked extensively in the Boston area, as well as in New York and overseas, as a stage director and fight choreographer. Recent productions include Romeo and Juliet (which he has directed several times over the last few years, most recently at MIT), Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream (in Oman and in Boston), King Lear, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, West Side Story, The Persians (in the middle of the Pacific Ocean), and others. He studied stage combat with Robert Walsh, Tony Simotes, and Tony Wolf (one of the combat consultants for the LORD OF THE RINGS films). Dr. Eaton holds a PhD in Theatre History and Literature and works as an instructor at several institutions in the Boston area. Recently, he served as a Visiting Honors Professor and Artist in Residence at North Carolina State University. He was also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages at the University of Nizwa, where he developed and ran a small theatre organization that performed at different universities and schools in Oman. Last year saw the print release of his dramatic poem, Orpheus and Eurydice. Over the next year, three of his novels with be published: a trilogy called ROSI'S DOORS, about a young woman who is sent to live with relatives in a haunted town and discovers that she is the one doing the haunting. The first volume, Rosi's Castle, should be released this autumn. Dr. Eaton lives in Boston with his wife Silviya, a hospital administrator, and his son Christopher, a little man. Dr. Eaton also serves as the Fight Choreographer for this production of Hamlet.
Thursday, December 8th 2011:
"No Med'cine in the World Can Do Thee Good: Modern Psychiatry's Assault on the Tragic."
David H. Brendel, M.D., Ph.D.
David H. Brendel practices psychiatry in the Boston area and teaches ethics and professionalism at Harvard Medical School. He has written and spoken extensively on the ethics of integrating scientific and humanistic approaches in psychiatric practice. His book, Healing Psychiatry: Bridging the Science/Humanism Divide, was published by the MIT Press in 2006 and released in paperback in 2009. He has also written and published on the ethics of using online technologies, such as Google and Facebook, in contemporary medical and psychiatric practice. More information about Dr. Brendel's clinical, academic, and media work is available on his website: www.drdavidbrendel.com
Saturday, December 10th 2011:
"What Parts Hast Thy Soul? Hamlet Through the Lens of Internal Family Systems (IFS)."
Larry Rosenberg, Ph.D.
Larry Rosenberg is a clinical psychologist practicing in Cambridge, and a teacher at the Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School. He brings an integrative approach to his clinical work and is very interested in a new, versatile, and powerful model, Internal Family Systems therapy. Among Larry's professional interests are sexuality and the erotic, as well as treatment of trauma.
Sunday, December 11th 2011:
"Love in a Fuge State: Ophelia and Hamlet."
Kate Aisenberg, Psy.D., Ph.D.
Kate Aisenberg is a graduate of Princeton University and holds a Psy.D. doctorate from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and a Ph.D. in Modern Literature from Johns Hopkins University. She also holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from Boston University. Her poems have appeared in Partisan Review, Ploughshares, and The AGNI Review, among other journals.
Wednesday, December 14th 2011:
"Hamlet and the Dilemma of Choice."
Dan Brenner, M.D.
Dan Brenner, M.D., is a psychoanalyst, a member of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Brenner has a private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts, but also remains active as a composer and musician. He has written the scores for more than 20 short films and four feature films, including Rhythm Thief and Spare Me, many of which have screened at international festivals including Sundance, Berlin, and Venice. He is co-author of the Russian language film The Riddle, a coming of age story about a 10-year-old boy in post-communist Russia, and was a member of the band Magnet, with former Velvet Underground drummer Moe Tucker, which published three CDs on Atlantic records. He recently completed a solo album, entitled Little Dark Angel, produced by eight-time Grammy Award winner Jay Newland.
Thursday, December 15th 2011:
"Hamlet: Crime, Insanity and the Forensic Challenge."
Thomas G. Gutheil, M.D.
A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, Thomas G. Gutheil is a Professor of Psychiatry in the Departments of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He also has a long association with the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, having served as a staff member there for 34 years. An internationally renowned teacher, lecturer, author and consultant on medical-legal issues, risk management and malpractice prevention, Dr. Gutheil is the first professor of Psychiatry in the history of the Harvard Medical School to be board certified in both general and forensic psychiatry. Dr. Gutheil also served as an A.P.A. delegate to the American Bar Association’s Task Force on the insanity defense, and as Special Consultant to the Department of Justice of the Federal Government of Canada. In regard to William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” Dr. Gutheil was the opposing witness of Dr. Alan A. Stone in Supreme Court Justice, Anthony M. Kennedy’s famous “Trial of Hamlet,” in Washington, DC, and at Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company. Not surprisingly, both productions were sold out!
Friday, December 16th and Saturday, December 17th 2011:
"Transitional Play Is the Thing."
Jill Gentile, Ph.D.
Jill Gentile is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst who has written several essays on transformations of personal agency and desire as a function of the psychoanalytic process. She is particularly dedicated to describing how the "talking cure" gives birth to a trajectory of meaning that is located in a "third" space that is both deeply personal and universal or transcendent. Affiliated with the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis as well as the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity in NYC, she maintains a clinical and consulting practice in both Manhattan and Highland Park, NJ.
Michael Macrone, Ph.D.
Michael Macrone is the author of nine books on language, literature, and ideas, three of which are on the topic of Shakespeare. While pursuing his scholarly interest in Renaissance drama, he taught English and Western Civilization at the University of California, Berkeley. He subsequently became a pioneer in Web development, and went on to teach multimedia design at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, where he currently resides.
If you are a mental health professional who is interested in writing a paper for one of our upcoming productions (or have a completed paper that is relevant), please Contact Us. We are particularly interested in specific theoretical and clinical articles which discuss content that can be used as through-line material for our dramatic productions. We are also interested in broader theoretical and clinical topics relating to our productions and want to invite the full range of theoretical disciplines in the mental health community in order to enrich our discourse. With your permission, your paper may be posted on our website, and you will have the opportunity to present it to an audience before or after one of our performances. If you prefer, an abstract of the paper you will be presenting may be posted on the company website in lieu of the full paper. As an alternative to formal paper presentations, you may choose to prepare an abstract (without a full paper) which you can then use to generate a discussion with our audience. This is an opportunity to work with our artistic team and theater company, and to perhaps expand the bounds of your own intellectual and creative process!
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