SIMON FURNESS: ACTING | TEACHING | CONTACT |

I can offer one to one, or group, coaching in acting either in person or via Skype. I am able to offer a service customised to your requirements, whether it be assistance with script analysis or audition preparation (including drama school entry), or any on-the-job, acting-related problem or query. I am prepared to travel as necessary.

In the first instance, and for details of prices, please contact me at simon@actorstemple.com, marking your email 'Coaching'.

I have been a working actor since 1989. Evidence of my work can be seen at the following links:
http://www.spotlight.com/ (Please use VIEW PIN 4932-1276-5617 to access details) and
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4361837/.

I began my teaching/coaching career in 1999 in Milan, Italy, where I successfully ran my own acting studio and summer courses, as well as teaching for the Limelight Theatre Company.

Since April 2003, I have been on the teaching staff of the Actors Temple (www.actorstemple.com), a training and production company with an approach to acting founded in the principles of the work of legendary actor and teacher, Sanford Meisner, founder member of the Group Theatre of New York. 'The Stage' said of the Actors Temple: 'In less than a decade, the Actors' Temple has earned an enviable reputation as a place where students are free to be themselves.'

 

 
TESTIMONIALS FROM ACTORS COACHED BY SIMON FURNESS

I have been lucky enough to know and work withSimon over the past 10 years.  Always there to listen, encourage and advise - not only has he been the person I've always turned to to get me through auditions and prepare roles I've booked, he's instilled in me a work ethic and love for the craft of acting I'm not sure I could have found elsewhere.  Looking through my CV I can categorically say I would never have booked my first theatre role, The Blue Room (The Garrick, Lichfield), without him, nor, in fact, Yerma (Hull Truck & The Gate, Notting Hill).  He has guided me through preparation for my role in Hard Boiled Sweets (Universal), Secret Diary of a Call Girl (ITV2) and more recently Holby City (BBC1).  The things I have learnt from Simon form the basis of all I know (if I can be so bold as to say I know anything at all!) about acting.  We've laughed, we've cried, we've shouted - it's been a marvellous adventure, and is one I continue to enjoy.

TY GLASER, ('The Secret Diary of A Call Girl', 'Holby City')

I felt incredibly lucky to have had the guidance of Simon while preparing for my role. As my first time in a leading role I was incredibly anxious and Simon gave me the tools with which to confidently portray the character with authenticity and emotional truth. He not only revolutionised the way I approach character but the way I work as an actress and for that I will be forever grateful. His sincere guidance and genuine support was everything.

(FAY CARTWRIGHT: Clare Hollingworth in 'Right Place Wrong Time', Corpus Playroom, Cambrige University)

I've known Simon over ten years, ever since I took his beginners Meisner class that really opened my eyes and my emotional life. Ever since I've seen him countless times whenever I've had to prepare a big audition.
I think a lot of actors dismiss technique as they quite often don't understand it and I think that's because the person who taught didn't either.
I've found Simon to be the opposite. He can get you to understand and apply Meisner's methods free of all pretensions.

(ALI COOK: Emmerdale, Mr. Selfridge, Kilo Two Bravo/Kajaki)

 

Simon ‘kicked me up the bum’. After years as a "professional actor", I sort of thought I knew what acting was, sort of, maybe. Simon’s dedication to specifics and ultimately the truth changed my whole approach to acting. Probably to a lot of other things too. It was as a very direct result of the time I spent with Simon that led me to mature enough as an artist to start making films as well as to have the confidence to approach any new work as an actor with the right understanding. What is mainly to his credit as a teacher is that he cares and more than once has he helped me on jobs - he still ‘kicks me up the bum’. Thanks Simon.

(JAMES ALEXANDROU: ‘Martin Fowler’ in ‘East Enders’ 1996-2007)

Working with Simon over the years has been my life line to creating the kind of work I feel proud of. I thought he was my best kept secret - someone I could talk to, to get all the crap out of the way and get down to the nitty gritty of a scene, breaking it all down from moment to moment. I always go to him feeling like I'm acting and come away feeling like I can be, this process I find priceless and it leaves me excited to get on with my work. I can assure you Simon has blossomed into a fine professional acting coach who I hope doesn't become too successful that I can't afford him anymore! Have you ever worked on a job where it feels empty and meaningless? No need just book a few sessions with Simon or attend his acting classes.

(IAN PECK: Harry Potter, Criminal Justice, Peaky Blinders)

Simon is a very authentic observant teacher, someone who just seems to have a knack for reading people, situations and interactions. At first the extremity of the work we were able to achieve with Simon shocked me. If your looking for an easy ride or for someone who has a 'that will do' attitude, then Simon is not the coach for you. He has pushed me to see what I am really able to do and made me get to know myself on a deeper, more human level. All in all, I throughly enjoyed his classes and I would do them all over again in a heartbeat.

(ALISHA DYER-SPENCE: Student, Identity School of Acting)