Connie de Veer
Bio: Connie de Veer is professor of acting, voice, and movement at Illinois State University. She serves as the voice, text, and dialects coach for productions in the School of Theatre and Dance and has served as voice/text director for the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, as well as staff movement coach and choreographer for several seasons. She has also served as voice and dialect director for Indiana Repertory Theatre and Heartland Theatre Company. She is an AmSAT-certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, a 200-hour certified Pranakriya yoga teacher, a member of the Voice and Speech Trainer’s Association, and Actor’s Equity Association.
Her book, Actor for Life: How to Have an Amazing Career Without All the Drama, co-authored with Jan Elfline, was published in 2018 with Smith & Kraus publishers. Her peer-reviewed article “The Alexander Technique: Rehearsal Tools for Releasing the Actor’s Voice” was published in The Voice and Speech Review, November 2013. And she has written several articles for Backstage magazine.
Her directing credits include From Door to Door at Circle Theatre, which won the Dallas/Fort Worth Critics’ Choice Awards for “Best Ensemble” and “Top Ten in the Metroplex for 2007”; The Moors, Trojan Women, La Boheme, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Pirates of Penzance, and Company at Illinois State University; and The Burial at Thebes and Private Lives at Texas Christian University.
As a recipient of the College of Fine Arts Faculty Initiative grant, she studied voice and text with Jane Boston and David Carey from the Central School of Speech and Drama. She studied the Linklater voice technique with Diane Timmerman at Indiana Repertory Theatre, and Fitzmaurice Voicework with Catherine Fitzmaurice.
Her representative acting credits include Other Desert Cities, The Glass Menagerie, How I Got That Story at Heartland Theatre Company; Chicago and Hansel & Grethel at Theatre Three; and numerous roles as a company member with both the Light Opera of Manhattan and the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players.