An Intrinsic Love for The Craft

Langman Technique


Dawn Langman 

‘Dawn is an exceptional actress. Her power in performance comes from her incredible command of language that is able to reveal the very heart of the spoken word and emotional subtext. Mistress to her unique methodology, which demands nothing less than a total integration of language with every other aspect of the actors craft, makes Dawn one of the most outstanding artists I have known.’

(Rosalba Clemente: formerly Artistic Director of the State Theatre Company of South Australia and currently Head of Acting at the Drama Centre, Flinders University, South Australia.)

 

michail chekhov

Acting Methodology


Michael Chekhov(1891–1955), was a Russian actor, director, theatre practitioner and author, referred to by Konstantin Stanislavski as his most brilliant student.

For Chekhov  the essence of artistry in acting, as in any discipline, was transformation. He wrote extensively about ‘the hallmark of talent and the divine spark within the actor’ — the ‘ability to transform oneself totally’ — and explored this transformation in unusual depth in his teaching. Chekhov was an Anthroposophist, a follower of the teachings of the spiritual philosopher Rudolf Steiner, and his association of artistry with divinity was not merely a turn of phrase, but a reflection of that belief system. 

Rudolf Steiner

Speech Formation


Rudolf Steiner (1861 – 1925) was an Austrianclairvoyant, philosopher, social reformer, architect, economist and esotericist. Steiner gained initial recognition at the end of the nineteenth century as a literary critic and published philosophical works including The Philosophy of Freedom. At the beginning of the twentieth century he founded an esoteric spiritual movement, anthroposophy, with roots in German idealist philosophy and theosophy; other influences include Goethean science and Rosicrucianism.

 Rudolf Steiner begins with a fundamental and spiritually-rooted appreciation of human speech and what actually takes place during human communication. Speech is a spiritual activity as well as an art form, lending itself to real interaction with both higher spiritual worlds and the human world of social conversation. Steiner shows that speech is a powerful tool for any serious dramatist in conveying the reality of worlds, whether visible or invisible, to the individual souls in the audience.