Acting Coach

Private Coaching – Classes – Workshops

To work privately with Cie, either in person or remotely via Skype, is to be masterfully led to your absolute best work. Private coaching is highly recommended for auditioning actors preparing monologues or sides and for working actors engaging in script and character analysis.

In Cie’s classes and workshops in Hartford County, Connecticut, students ranging from teens to adults are provided professional quality training that expertly guides them to a deep understanding of the myriad skills that comprise the craft of acting. Using curriculum she has developed herself over many years, Cie effectively activates learning and growth in a variety of areas that include:Adult acting class in Connecticut

  • Acting technique, including Meisner and Practical Aesthetics
  • Auditioning with sides, cold readings, songs, and monologues
    Cie specializes in guiding students through the entire conservatory/BFA application process.
  • Scene Study focusing on expert character and text analysis, development of backstory, and methods for justifying lines and movement
  • Voiceover as a business
  • Improv as a tool for improving spontaneity, responsiveness, and the ability to live in the moment
  • And always… how to bring truth to the stage!

“The first law of the theatre is Action. The second law of the theatre is Action.
The third law of the theatre is Action. Action. Acting. Actor. Action.”  – Harold Clurman


Cie Peterson is a native New Yorker, who began her actor training as a teenager at the renowned Gene Frankel Theatre. Later in life she studied with noted acting coach Sande Shurin, earned a Masters degree in Theater from Hunter College in NYC, and completed a ten-month Meisner intensive led by nationally recognized Master Teacher Larry Silverberg. She has appeared on stage, at dinner theater, in a national PSA, at a Nickelodeon theme park, twice doing Shakespeare-in-the-Park, and even on the field at Shea Stadium as a NY Mets costume character.

In 2003, Cie moved to the Hartford area and quickly built a reputation of excellence as a teaching artist for such institutions as Hartford Stage and The Bushnell Center for Performing Arts, while also serving as a private acting coach. Two years later she founded her own acting studio in the Farmington Valley where she taught student actors ranging from beginners to seasoned professionals, who traveled from as far away as New York, Massachusetts, and Vermont to study with her and benefit from her distinctive style, unique training methods, and singular ability to make the acting process clear and knowable. Today that work continues from her space in the City Arts on Pearl building, which houses TheaterWorks Hartford.

Beginning in 2008, when her voice was cast as series regular Miss Pringles in the My Lil World cartoon being developed for ION Television, Cie began working as a voiceover artist. She now regularly books radio and TV spots, corporate narrations, e-learning modules, training videos, and the occasional documentary. In addition, Cie has set out to forge opportunities for herself and close professional colleagues, first by writing, creating, and starring in the delightful grown-up cartoon series If I Had a Dime, then developing and co-writing the web series Beige on Both Sides, and most recently with the successful production of season one of Coupla Pros.

 The Reviews Are In…

“[Cie] turns students into actors, and actors into artists.”

– Robert Resnikoff (Equity, SAG-AFTRA) – Actor, Writer, Radio Host

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Cie Peterson is an extraordinary director and teacher. She directed me in a production of “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” and I was struck by her insightful approach. Her ability to find the seeds of truth in each actor’s performance and cultivate it until it blossoms, made my experience with her one of the most gratifying – and edifying — of my career.  And what a boon for students! This same approach guides students to that place in each of them where the truth lives, and gives them the technique to bring it to the stage. She turns students into actors, and actors into artists.
– Robert Resnikoff (Equity, SAG-AFTRA)
Robert is an actor, teacher, writer and radio host, who has performed on stages in New York and New England, taught Shakespeare at Wesleyan University and presented music on WQXR Radio.

 “[Cie] has a gift for encouraging others without condescension, finding humor at every turn, and relentlessly believing in people.”

– Madeline Smith – Broadway Music Director/Arranger, Waitress, Frozen

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What a joy to write about a teacher, mentor, and friend as special as Cie Peterson. The scope of her influence on our community is impossible to track in its entirety, but it is a delight to speak to my tiny piece of it.

I was thirteen when I first met Cie and learned about Play On! Acting Studio. Not long after, I stubbornly announced to my parents that I was quitting classical piano to take acting classes. Tuesday evenings quickly became my favorite night of the week, spent in our cozy little home of a studio. Cie’s acting instruction at any experience level is built on focus, awareness, openness, and imagination. Even amid much laughter and fun, there was profundity in every exercise, because Cie’s top priority was for us to engage meaningfully with one another by developing these skills – not just as actors, but as people.

Looking back on those years, I don’t know how Cie juggled it all. Her administrative and managerial skills are so impeccable, it never dawned on me that she was running this business, teaching its classes, having a family, and working on countless other projects simultaneously. She left all that at the door.

As much as I loved her as a teenager, I admire her drive and self-sufficiency even more now, as a professional woman. Cie’s influence on our community stretched far beyond her own studio. Throughout my high school years, it seemed like students in every town knew her, and she was beloved by countless drama departments and educators. One of Cie’s most unique talents is adapting instantly to her environment, be it a small group of seasoned performers or a room full of beginners. This ability clearly points back to her own openness and awareness. She has a gift for encouraging others without condescension, finding humor at every turn, and relentlessly believing in people. Cie’s generosity and creativity would make her such an asset to any community. I’m excited to see what’s next for her, and I will always be deeply proud to be her student.
– Madeline Smith

 “Cie is truly a gift to study with.”

– Marissa Skell (SAG-AFTRA) – Actor

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Cie Peterson was the first teacher I ever had who never placed limits on me as a growing actor.  No theatrical concept was beyond me in her eyes. Now, a professional actor in TV and film in Los Angeles, I still think of my training with Cie as the foundation.  In a world that tries to teach gimmicks and acting shortcuts, Cie stuck to her guns and taught actors, regardless of their previous experience, to approach their work with honesty, moment to moment.

Cie is truly a gift to study with.  I would recommend her to actors at all stages of their craft.
– Marissa Skell (SAG-AFTRA) Purchase Conservatory of Theatre Arts & Film Class of ’08