We offer classes & workshops from time to time when our busy careers permit!  Jessica teaches at CCPA (Canadian College of the Performing Arts) for part of the year.  When time permits she teaches classes for actors:  CURRENT OFFERINGS:


Jessica is offering twice weekly Scene Study classes enrolling on a monthly basis. These acting classes offer specific tools to improve your rehearsal skills, moment before, role preparation, and physical and vocal commitment.  At a maximum of 10 people, the classes are fun and personalized.

You will leave every class with strong technique you can use in film, television, or theatre.  Contact Jessica for more information and to sign up!

Jessica Van der Veen has been teaching Acting for 27 years.  She is known for her supportive, energized teaching style and concrete, practical approach to acting technique.  For more information on Jessica or to contact:


Directing actors is a course on how to talk to and work with actors so that you can get their best work in service to the story you are telling in your film.

I’ve been an actor for 40 years and an acting teacher and director for 27 years, I bring a wealth of experience in teaching, in acting for diverse directors, in film, television and theatre, as well as directing.

This is a course of 8 hours, to be done as a one-day workshop or over two days on a weekend. I will:

  1. Explain how to talk to actors so that they can translate your thoughts into action
  2. Explain the vocabulary that is most effective when speaking with actors.
  3. Explain how to set up a scene so that actors can respond to real sensory information
  4. Explain what you can expect from actors and what you cannot.
  5. Explain how to prepare for working with actors before you get to the set.


The rest of the course will consist of each participant working with actors on a scene which I will provide so that the Directors can actually practice talking to the actors and using actor language and then see the results in real time. Under my guidance, every participant in the course will do the praxis for at least 15 minutes – this is where the deep learning occurs.

Maximum 12 people.