The 12 Jungian Archetypes and Theatre!

July 5, 2016

How do the 12 Jungian Archetypes fit into theatre?
What exactly are the 12 Jungian Archetypes?
How can you see a show that brings these characters to life?

Well – luckily, Prospect has a show coming up that can answer all of these questions!

Carl Jung, a psychologist in the 20th century, believed that universal characters (archetypes) reside within the collective unconscious of people all around the world. Archetypes represent fundamental human motifs and evoke deep emotions. He defined 12 types of archetypes that symbolize basic human motivations. Each type has its own set of values, meanings, and personality traits. The 12 types are divided into three sets of four – Ego, Soul, and Self – and the traits in each of these categories have similarities.

The 12 Jungian Archetypes:

1. The Innocent (naive, romantic, dreamer)

2. The Orphan (regular guy/girl, the everyman, the person next door, the good neighbor)

3. The Hero (warrior, crusader, superhero)

4. The Caregiver (saintly, altruistic, the helper, the supporter)

5. The Explorer (the seeker, individualistic)

6. The Outlaw (rebellious, revolutionary, the misfit)

7. The Lover (the friend, intimate, the team-builder)

8. The Creator (the artist, the writer, the innovator)

9. The Jester (the fool, the trickster)

10. The Sage (the scholar, the expert, academic, contemplative)

11. The Magician (the visionary, charismatic, the healer)

12. The Ruler (the boss, aristocratic, the role model)

These archetypes appear in a ton of theatre – from Greek classics to modern day Broadway. And they provide a great basis for characters while creating new work. This year, these 12 archetypes are all incorporated into Prospect’s upcoming Musical Theater Lab presentation, Archetype. Six teams of writers each picked two archetypes out of a hat, and wrote a short musical about their picks. Singing food, Donald Trump, and vampire sorority sisters have all made the cut this year, which marks the 10th anniversary of the MT Lab program.

Check out the Facebook event for all the information!



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