Paul Epstein

Why the Bullfighter Always Gets the Girl: The Archetypes of Don Jose and Escamillo


A satisfying story needs surprises but also needs to fulfill our expectations. If Bizet wants his opera to appeal to the audience of his time, the bullfighter, the epitome of masculinity in the 19th century, has to win Carmen's love.

Or at least her momentary affection.

Join us to understand the psychology behind classic archetypes and how storytellers manipulate those characters.


Paul Epstein has explored the symbolic and healing power of the performing arts for the last thirty years.  He holds a BA in Classical Civilization (with a focus on Greek Theater) from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MA in Psychology and Drama Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies.


Concurrent with a twenty-plus year career in Jewish education, Paul has investigated archetypal psychology through the theory and practice of digital art, creative writing, photography, and clowning.


Paul resides in Piedmont, CA with his wife, two children, and one cat.

Sacramento,  California

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