Simon has over 10 years of acting coaching and directing experience. This combined with his ongoing professional acting work and initial training as an actor has given him an exceptional facility for connecting with performers at all stages, and is continually working with a wide range of directors, and learning from them all.
Simon teaches at several schools across London and Manchester whilst also running Manchester Actors' Platform. Primarily on the Italia Conti BA (Hons) Acting course where he was Head of 1st Year for 5 years, and was Director of the Foundation Course and Summer Schools until 2015. Simon also teaches at the International School of Screen Acting, at Aelfa Academy of Dramatic Arts and Act4TV. He holds workshops and seminars at schools, institutions and on courses across the country. Whilst working, he has written, developed and taught modules on Improvsation, Solo Story, Camera, Audition Technique, Scene Study, Audition Preparation and more.
Simon also offers private Acting Coaching in one-on-one scenarios for audition prep, confidence building and the skills of acting at all levels through Manchester Actors' Platform and has worked with many actors now working in the industry on stage and screen.
Simon has been directing for many years and began with his own productions company Such Stuff Productions and then branched further afield. Under this banner, he has directed for stage across London's fringe and offered a transfer to Trafalgar Studios. Since forming MAP, his directing is based more in screen acting
Simon is also an in-house director at Italia Conti on the BA (Hons) Acting Course where he directs 1st, 2nd and 3rd year productions, and is currently working on the final show with their graduating actors. Simon is constantly developing the skills that provide a diversity of practical approaches from improvisation and devising, to short-form scene presentations and full length plays, with actors at all ages and stages of development.
Simon, as well as still acting, is an accomplished Director and Acting Coach combining the experiences he has gained on stage and screen with the studies of Stanislavski, Uta Hagen, Meisner, Keith Johnstone and more. Full CV and references are available on request, and for more information, please do not hesitate to contact Simon directly.
Of Screen Acting
Of Dramatic Arts