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.

 
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)