Connie de Veer
ASSOCIATE EDITOR, ILLINOIS
Bio: Connie de Veer is an associate professor of Voice/Speech and Acting at Illinois State University. She serves as the voice/text/dialects coach for productions in the School of Theatre, and has served as voice/text director for the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, as well as staff movement coach and choreographer for several seasons, on such productions as The Taming of the Shrew, The Triumph of Love, Romeo and Juliet, Pericles, The Comedy of Errors, the world premiere of The Falcon’s Pitch, and many others. She is an AmSAT certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, a proud member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association, and Actor’s Equity Association. 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;” La Boheme, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Cosi Fan Tutte, The Pirates of Penzance, The Rover, Company and Riders to the Sea at Illinois State, 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 the Fitzmaurice Voicework® with Catherine Fitzmaurice. She is published in the 2009 edition of The Voice and Speech Review. Her representative acting credits include Sirens, The Trip to Bountiful, Greetings, How I Got That Story, and Berlin to Broadway at Heartland Theatre Company; Chicago and Hansel and Grethel at Theatre Three; Fiddler on the Roof at Casa Manana, Kismet at Darien Dinner Theatre; The King and I at the Westchester Broadway Theater; and numerous roles as a company member with both the Light Opera of Manhattan and the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players.
She has also taught Acting and Voice at Texas Christian University, The University of Iowa, and the University of Texas at Austin. Ms. de Veer is currently pursuing her passion of teaching and applying Acting and Voice skills to facilitate social justice and civic engagement.