The Truth of Imagination: A Conversation On Acting & Psychology with Josh Radnor

September 30, 2013, 7 p.m. The New School's Arnold Hall 55 W. 13th St., New York City


Please note that there are no tickets for this event; it is free and open to the public. Early arrival is recommended. Standing room will be available until the room reaches capacity.

Psychosis is a break with reality. But some artists break with reality and make things more real. As Sanford Meisner said, the performer’s job is to “live truthfully under imaginary circumstances.” But where writers, say, enter an imagined world slowly and offer it to audiences on the page, actors do this in real time—and in their own bodies. How do they do it? How do they fully inhabit a character’s mind without losing their own? How do they emote with authentic passion under Klieg lights? And what’s it like when they return to their “real” lives, and face a public that confuses characters they’ve feel so close with and the actors they really don’t know at all?

Join us for Arts in Mind, a conversation series on the arts, psychology, and mental health, as we take up these questions with a renowned performer, director and screenwriter. A star of Broadway productions including The Graduate, Josh Radnor is best known for his role as Ted Mosby in the Emmy-Award winning sitcom How I Met Your Mother. His screenwriting and directorial debut, happythankyoumoreplease, in which he also starred, won the Audience Award at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Roger Ebert called his second film, Liberal Arts, “an almost unreasonable pleasure.”

Joining Radnor in conversation will be Dr. David F. Flynn, a psychiatrist on staff at the Austen Riggs Center, and Joshua Wolf Shenk, the curator of the Arts in Mind series.


About the Arts in Mind Series

Exploring the intersection of psychology, mental health, and the creative arts, Arts in Mind features conversations with leading artists on the inner life of the work they make, the process they follow, the pains they endure, and the insights they achieve.

Unless otherwise noted, Arts in Mind events are free and open to the public. The Sandor Ferenczi Center at the New School is the series’ regular host and events are made possible by the Erikson Institute for Education and Research at the Austen Riggs Center. Joshua Wolf Shenk is the curator.