Oedipus Artist Spotlight: Janet Rodgers

093Janet Rodgers- Archetype Workshop

During the first full week of rehearsals, The Arc was proud to welcome Janet Rodgers, author of the book “Acting and Singing with Archetypes” to run a three day intensive workshop of archetype journeys.  Artistic Director Mark Boergers had met Janet (or J-Ro as she prefers to be called) through a workshop she had done in Chicago earlier in 2012 with Mark’s former DePaul professor, Claudia Anderson.  Along with Claudia, Janet tailored this workshop to The Arc’s specific production of Oedipus Rex, allowing for exploration of text and story to be melded with the archetype journeys.  The cast continues to build strong images, complex relationships and physical and vocal specificity as well as dangerous passion and epic emotional resonance.  Its getting hot in here!

A Little more about Janet Rodgers: 

Janet B. Rodgers, free-lance theatre artist and workshop leader, is co-author with Frankie Armstrong of Acting and Singing with Archetypes as well as editor of The Complete Voice and Speech Workout.  This is Ms. Rodgers third career chapter.  From 1975-1982 she was a professional actress in Boston, playing leading roles with The Lyric Stage Company and the Boston Shakespeare Company.  During this time she also taught theatre part-time at the Boston Conservatory of Music and was Director of Broadway Studio in Cambridge, MA.photo-2

In 1987, Ms. Rodgers joined the faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond,  VA  where she founded the first MFA emphasis in Voice and Speech Pedagogy in the United States as well as served for seven years as Head of Undergraduate Performance.  She ‘retired’ as Professor Emerita of Theatre in 2012.  During her 25 years at VCU, she was a Fulbright Scholar to Romania in 2004-5, won numerous teaching awards, directed, acted and served as President of the International Voice and Speech Trainers Association.  In addition, she conducted study abroad courses to England, Romania, Greece and Serbia where she and her students trained with Belgrade’s DAH Theatre and created devised theatre. Her 2004 production of Caryl Churchill’s play, Mad Forest, was performed at the Sibiu International Theatre Festival with both American and Romanian students in the cast.

Since 2000, Ms. Rodgers has been collaborating with Frankie Armstrong in teaching ‘Acting and Singing with Archetypes’.  This unique work incorporates voice, body and imagination to explore archetypes which inhabit myths and legends of many diverse cultures.  Ms. Rodgers facilitates the journeys and then works with actors helping them to apply photo-3their discoveries to their building of characters for the stage

It is with great honor and a sense of joy that Ms. Rodgers looks forward to working with all of the theatre artists at the ARC Theatre in Chicago on their production of Oedipus.