Creative Dream Work offers access to the rich and undiscovered content of the unconscious allowing artists of all disciplines to create more authentic work.
Working with the breath, voice and embodied imagination, we descend into contact with the creative source. There we explore dreams, archetypes, symbols, unknown aspects of self and habitual belief systems to find new ways of entering creative projects. We work with gesture, sound, creative dialogue and other tools to reveal and integrate unclaimed material that wants to come through.
Using art work, writing, partnered and group exercises, we bring that material to the top side world and invite it into expression. The practice cultivates unique and authentic creativity, acceptance, permission and presence.
Read more about the work:
The Role of Their Dreams — The New York Times
Inside the Actors' Dream Studio — The New York Times
Interview — The Actors Work
How Studying Your Dreams Can Help Your Art Practice — Artsy
Studying Your Dreams: Bradley Cooper Swears By It. Would Trying It Unleash My Creativity? — The Guardian
Kim Gillingham coaches professional artists of all disciplines towards the creation of more authentic work. Kim studied extensively with Sandra Seacat where she learned about bringing dreamwork to the acting process. Interest in working with dreams led her to studying Jung, which led her into a training program with preeminent Jungian analyst Marion Woodman. She completed the last teacher training group with the original founders of BodySoul work — Marion Woodman, Ann Skinner and Mary Hamilton. Bringing this work back to the creative fields, Kim coaches actors, directors, writers, musicians, activists — creators of all kinds.
Amanda Lovejoy Street has been working with her dreams since she was a teenager. Her first introduction to the relationship between creativity and dreams was with her teacher Sandra Seacat in 2005. Amanda later found her way to Creative Dream Work and studied with Kim for several years. She started an in-depth apprenticeship with Kim in 2013 and has been teaching groups and individuals with Creative Dream Work since 2016. She has also been practicing insight meditation since 2008 under such teachers as Shinzen Young, Michael Taft and Beth Sternly which greatly influences her approach to the work. In addition to dream work and meditation, Amanda has explored many therapeutic modalities and a wide range of approaches to creativity.
Derek Simonds is a screenwriter, director and acting coach who has studied Jungian psychology and creative dreamwork for over 15 years. He has taught with Kim Gillingham in numerous workshops and currently offers classes and private coaching for artists in New York. Drawing on his experience as a working director and writer/producer, Derek helps artists bring their private inner work safely and vividly into the professional field. He also continues to develop methods of applying creative dreamwork to the writing process and the incubation of creative projects in any media. Derek recently created and executive produced the USA Network television series, The Sinner. He graduated from Yale University and studied directing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and USC.
“The work of the eyes is done. Go now and do the heart-work on the images imprisoned within you.”
— RAINER MARIA RILKE