“We are like dwarfs standing on the shoulders of giants. We see as far as we do only because we are lifted up and born aloft on their gigantic stature.”
Attributed amongst others to Bernard of Chartres
Dawn Langman ( 1945-) pioneered the particular approach to the integrated Steiner speech and Chekhov acting methodology that is fostered at the Heartfire Centre for Speech and Drama. From one inspiring teacher to another, she was guided through the necessary steps that would allow this technique to evolve. It was a journey that began already in Australia, in her earliest mainstream training and experience both as an actor and a teacher. Even then, along with all the richness she received, she yearned for a speech and acting methodology that honoured, not only as ideal but into all the details of its practice, the spiritual dimension of the human being. At each stage of this journey she was provided with the opportunities to teach and work artistically for several years. This allowed her to thoroughly digest each current stage of learning and, in doing so, exposed the missing pieces of the jigsaw puzzle that would inspire the next stage of her quest.
After training with Maisie Jones at the London School of Speech Formation in the method pioneered by Rudolf Steiner and his wife Marie, for 10 years she was responsible for speech and drama at Emerson College in Sussex. She then trained in Michael Chekhov’s psycho-physical technique with Ted Pugh and Fern Sloan of the Actors Ensemble in New York. Returning to Australia, she founded the School of the Living Word, where for eight years (2 four year training cycles) she continued to research with her students the integration of Creative Speech with Chekhov’s methodology. On her retirement she was invited to introduce her integrated work to the acting students training at the Drama Centre, Flinders University in South Australia: where she has been teaching since 2013.
She is also currently engaged in supporting the preparation of the colleagues who will carry this technique into the future and evolve it further through the Heartfire Centre.
The fruits of her years of research are recorded in the 6 books whose content forms the basis of the work offered in the Heartfire Centre. ( see the section of the website that describes the books).