Steven Kampmann - December 26th-28th
After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Steven earned his Master’s degree in Psychological Counseling from St. Michael’s College in Vermont, where he wrote his thesis on a method of recording dreams, and was instructed in Jungian dream therapy. Steven has recorded literally thousands of dreams during the span of his adult life, and created the “Dreams” course at Blair Academy in New Jersey, where he was the Writer-in-Residence and taught for twelve years.
At the Vermont State Hospital, where he was a therapy counselor, he studied the art of role playing, humor, and psychodrama in group therapy. It was studying these techniques that drew his interest to drama and ultimately to show business.
Steven began his career as a comedic actor/writer at the legendary Second City Theater appearing both in Chicago and Toronto. He wrote on and produced the hit television show WKRP IN CINCINNATI before co-starring on the successful Newhart show two years later in the role of Kirk Devane. He has appeared as an actor in eight movies including a featured role in Club Paradise with Robin Williams, For the Boys with Bette Midler, and Analyze That! with Robert DeNiro and Billy Crystal. He co-wrote the hit comedy Back to School with Rodney Dangerfield and co-wrote and co-directed the film Stealing Home starring Jodie Foster and Mark Harmon. More recently, he co-wrote, directed, and appeared in Second City’s first feature film in forty years, BuzzKill, featuring Saturday Night Live’s Darrel Hammond, which was released in 2012.
Thursday, December 26th
You Are Your Dreams
Steven will present an absorbing overview of dreams including their historical context, how dreams work, and ultimately what they can mean in your life. Learn how you will remember and record your own dreams and start your own Dream Journal. Discover how dreams can help you be more creative in your everyday activities, and guide you in understanding the symbols, myths, and stories that personally empower you in your own unique Individuation process. Steven will also be available for one-on-one appointments.
Friday, December 27th
The Creative Principle – How to Be More Creative
In every decision you make there is always a creative choice. The more creative choices you make in every day moments, the more creative you will be and become. And the more creative you become, the more you are participating in the Creative Principle that is at the very core of being - the natural flow of the universe, which is always creative. When you develop your own creativity, from artistic expression like script writing to the ways you live your everyday life, you are organically connecting to the Creative Principle. Steven will discuss his CORE method of how to implement more of the Creative Principle in your life. He will show film clips of the Creative Principle in action as the writer/director of the film Stealing Home starring Jodie Foster and Mark Harmon.
Saturday, December 28th
Writing and Speaking Your Life
Writing memoir, unlike autobiography, does not attempt to reflect chronologically a whole life, but takes a singular “moment” from a writer’s past, and conveys a dominant idea through anecdote. In a fun, non-threatening, yet intimate way, participants share tales from their own lives on various themes such as “hardest goodbye,” “funniest or most embarrassing moment,” or “most painful moment.” Then each person will choose one of these moments and write a short paragraph - the goal of which is to help each writer to express his/her ideas in a creative, clear, and compelling manner. Each participant will have the opportunity to read aloud all or parts of his/her work in order to experience the impact of his/her words, and to work on the speaking skills involved in such readings.