Playful Self-Discovery

Actors are well trained in the methods and techniques of their craft, but they soon encounter a gap in their education when they enter the world of work. They have little or no training in how to manage themselves, their state of mind, their confidence, or their motivation.


Actor for Life


A non-textbook-like textbook, by Connie de Veer and Jan Elfline, that offers fresh, accessible insights and exercises that are nothing short of game changing.


The perfect text for any auditioning class preparing students for their career.

Sarah Zwick-Tapley
Colorado State University

Actors Can Up Their Game

My approach to teaching and learning is simple: When we’re engaged emotionally, learning happens.
Engage the body, and you’re really in business. Throw in some laughter and play ... well, now that’s golden.

Not an actor? Think again. Do you show up to your life every day, dressed for the part, ready to make choices, and take action to move the “plot” along? There’s probably something here for you, too. As Shakespeare said, All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts…


Connie was an inspiration to me. It was because of her ability to connect with actors on an artistic and personal level that gave me all the tools I needed to succeed in this business.

Sean Hayes
Will & Grace

Connie’s expertise and skills are unparalleled... Her focus on self-care strategies and positive imaging tools makes her a teacher who is providing training for a lifetime of learning. Connie’s students leave her class exceedingly well trained as actors, and equipped to live a healthy way for the rest of their lives.

John C. Stark, Professor
Artistic Director, The Illinois Shakespeare Festival

Connie’s ability as a teacher is second to none. She pushed us, in the most loving way possible, encouraged us to challenge ourselves, discover new things, and approach the things we were afraid of.

Jeb Burris, MFA
Utah Shakespeare Festival

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