E r i c  P e t t i f o r

L ong ago, I was born, became fully bipedal, and developed language skills. Throughout my public school education I held on to my love of the arts, especially writing. I think it was that which made programming so irresistable initially -- it was like magic writing that produced effects, even in the absence of a reader or audience! Astonishing.
I have been through a few sublives. As a youth, the Canadian Numismatic Association awarded me the title of Junior Numismatist of the Year one year. Then I got into theatre, then studied psychology at university, then was sucked completely into the world of computers and the internet.
L ove of theatre was reawakened in me in 2011 when an old friend from theatre days invited me back to Calgary to teach acting. I've long thought I would make a good teacher, but have had a deep antipathy for the institutions within which teaching takes place, so never pursued it.
L cofounded Artists' Collective Theatre with Amanda Liz Cutting in 2012 and worked on that with her til 2016. Since then I've been working independently, recently directing The Two Gentlemen of Verona for Prime Stock Theatre.
L OL, I've even sang in an Opera with the Cowtown Opera Company. I've done some film and television and radio, I've been a standardized patient for med students up at the Foothills Hospital, and so on and etc and all the things. I'm a proud member of the Playwright's Guild of Canada.
I am a graduate of the Vancouver Playhouse Acting School. I have a bachelors degree in psychology and archaeology, and a certificate in internet systems administration from the University of British Columbia. And I never stop learning. I'm interested in the big questions of Universe, as well as the smaller questions of earning a living. I'm a long term optimist, short term pessimist, and consequently would like to live for a thousand years to see how things turn out.

Here are some papers I have written....

Archaeology

From the Teeth of the Dragon (Gigantopithecus blacki)
An Offer You Can't Refuse (Human Sacrifice and the Aztec State)
Cooking Clan of the Cavebear Style!
Altered States: The Origin of Art in Entoptic Phenomena
The Reburial Contoversy (a general overview and exploration of a method for resolution of the ethical dilemma)

Psychology

Archetypes of the Individuation Process
Becoming Whole : Applied Psychosis (A comparison of Buddhist enlightenment and Jungian individuation)
Beyond Dichotomies (Health and Values in Maslow's Holistic Dynamic Theory)
Episodic definition of self actualization
Needs Hierarchy
B(eing) Values

I add ongoing theatre related things to my Wayward Artists site.



Eric Pettifor <eric@pettifor.org>