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I would highly recommend studying with Denise. Her coaching sessions introduced me to Meisner technique, a method of acting that is usually only taught at the college level and beyond. This Meisner training very much prepared me to study acting in college and helped lay a wonderful foundation for my continued growth as an actor. Studying this technique along with many others as a Theatre Major at Northwestern University has only reaffirmed the importance of the acting training I received from Denise.
I also cannot speak highly enough of the assistance I received from Denise in preparing my monologues for college auditions. She helped me find great monologues that showed off the specific set of skills that I have as a performer. She also guided me through each selection, making sure that my preparation and objectives were clear and that my acting choices matched these objectives. Auditioning for college programs can be stressful, but the guidance I received from Denise helped me feel confident in my monologues throughout this entire process.
Denise Simon is not only brilliant at her craft, she is well-connected and respected in the industry. She is such an inspiring teacher and coach. We had no idea the magic we would stumble upon when we met her. A true gem… Can’t thank you enough for helping my daughter find a great NYC manager! She is on the road to her dreams…sometimes beyond all the things you are supposed to do, magic steps in. Working with Denise has been a purely magical experience. Thank you for making my daughter’s dreams possible!!
Carolee R., Parent
Our daughter has been working with Denise for almost 2 years. Leighann has attended many of Denise’s acting workshops through which she was able to obtain representation. She also enjoys private lessons with Denise who has helped her gain confidence in her abilities and continues to develop her acting skills. They have a wonderful relationship and Leighann feels that Denise’s strategies help her easily understand the script, monologue or character on which she is working. Our daughter has told us that Denise has a special way of teaching. When Leighann leaves Denise’s lessons, she is prepared and motivated to do her best! As parents we have found that Denise is always honest and easy to approach. She is always there to provide information and answer our questions. We feel so lucky to have Denise as our daughter’s acting coach. Recently, Leighann has been involved in one of Denise’s group classes for young actors. This venue has given Leighann another set of skills. She thoroughly enjoys the communication and interaction with other actors which Denise moderates and mentors.
Laurel and Steven DeLuca
I wanted to write this to you to thank you for all your help with Matthew. He has a few individual sessions with you and is now taking your class. I have to say that I have seen a huge difference in Matt in the last few months. He looks forward to your class on Tuesday’s. He is there for several hours and he comes home he is energized. It really has helped him not only with his auditions but also his self-esteem in life. He doesn’t fret the little things and really is more responsible and mature when dealing with situations. I feel a lot of this has to do with your personalized touch. When he is in your class he feels that you give everyone the attention that is needed to succeed- you provide positive constructive feedback. As Parents we have seen Matt take a huge interest in his acting classes. He is thrilled to go and is really learning a lot from your experiences and teachings. We can’t thank you enough for all that you do for your students. You really are amazing. You have a gift working with others!!
“Denise is a fabulous teacher! She taught my sister and now teaches both of us. She is very natural and real, never phony. She takes my acting to the next level. She teaches you the story behind words. Denise is a great teacher for children. I love Denise’s teaching!
Beatrice Tulchin – BROADWAY: Matilda, NATIONAL TOUR: Billy Elliot
“Denise Simon brings her 20+ years of experience in show business to her teaching philosophy, giving young actors the tools they need to audition while also keeping them unique, centered and natural.”
JENNIFER RUDIN – CASTING DIRECTOR
“I believe a good part of my success as a young actor, was due to having acquired Denise Simon as my manager.
Her strong guidance, and wealth of knowledge in all aspects of the industry, was immensely beneficial.
She possess enormous tenacity, drive, follow through, and determination. Denise had my family’s total trust, confidence, and our love too. All of which continues today.”
“I’ve worked with Denise Simon for over 20 years. She is an expert in the Entertainment Industry. One can trust her to give excellent advice.”
BARBARA COLEMAN – AGENT, INNOVATIVE ARTISTS, NY
“Thanks for all your help in the beginning of my career.”
MIRA SORVINO – ACTRESS
“Denise Simon is a gifted coach and mentor, with an exceptional ability to size up a young actor’s strengths and challenges and provide honest feedback that is both poignant and sensitive. Denise has been an invaluable resource to my daughter, Katherine Doherty (age 17) and me, since Katherine began auditioning for professional acting jobs six years ago. Denise has vast connections in the industry and she personally cares about my daughter’s career and the choices she has to make relative to balancing family, school and an acting career. I am always amazed by the transformation in my daughter’s scene work after a session with Denise and have always appreciated Denise’s willingness to rearrange her schedule in order to prepare Katherine for an audition that is needed with only a day’s notice.”
LAUREN DOHERTY (mother of Katherine Doherty- Broadway: Mary Poppins, A Little Night Music)
“Denise is a great acting coach. She gives me good constructive criticism. Whenever I review sides with her before an audition I feel confident and can make better acting choices.”
MADISON MULLAHEY - NATIONAL TOURS: Shrek, Mary Poppins
“I learned a lot from your improv group, and I find myself using those skills all the time when I teach. Thanks so much for everything — it’s meant a lot to me all these years later.”
Jacob Barandes – Associate Director of Graduate Studies, Lecturer on Physics at Harvard
“Her experience as a director, casting director and talent manager enables her to prepare her students for any type of audition or performance.”
ROBERT MARKS, Vocal Coach
“Denise was my very first manager and coached me on tons of my auditions. She steered myself and my family through the in’s and out’s of the business, and I don’t think I ever would have gotten “Party of Five” without her. She’s not only a great coach but also a great person.”
Michael Shulman -Upcoming: 2013 as David Richardson in the feature film “The Word”
“We’ve been working with Denise for the past 7 years. Whether she’s preparing us for an audition or coaching us for a play, she always has a great approach. As Recording Artists first, she has immensely helped us transition into the acting world. Through her coaching we have evolved so much as actors. She has also been a great sounding board for advice about the industry and has guided us in many ways. Denise has not only been a wonderful acting coach, but also a great mentor!”
Melissa and Jessica Labbadia
“My daughter has been working with Denise for the past 4 years. I cannot say enough about all that my daughter has learned. I have seen my daughter grow as an actress and everytime she works with Denise I am amazed how she is able to dig deep and bring her character to life. Denise has taught her to think about her characters in ways no other coach has been able to and she provides her the support to make choices in her acting and take risks. It is wonderful to see it all come together. Whenever she needs to prepare for an audition, Denise is our “go to” person. Thanks Denise!”
“Denise is a wonderful coach & teacher. Having seen the results of her labor, I would most definitely entrust her with my clients.”
ROCHELLE SHULMAN – RKS MANAGEMENT
“Her work is renowned for its high artistic level. Along with her artistic and personal integrity, her patience and skill in preparing students have led them to Broadway, film and television roles.”
MONICA ROBINSON – VOICE TEACHER
“When I first met Denise, I had lived in New York an entire year and not gone on a single audition. The moment Denise agreed to take me on as a client, within minutes I had contact information for a well respected vocal coach and headshot photographer, monologue material to choose from, and a reawakened confidence that someone believed in me and was willing to help me succeed in this industry. I’d say the greatest benefit of coaching, and in Denise’s case both acting and life coaching, is the individual attention you receive. The one on one coaching dynamic provides a safe environment to ask those embarrassing questions you feel you should already know the answers to. Through Denise’s help, I have taken control of my career, and in turn my life. My year of inactivity is over. Barely weeks after working with her, I’ve started submitting myself for roles, booking auditions, and just landed a callback. That progress in itself, to me, is worth its weight in gold.”
“Denise has and continues to be an instrumental part of our 10 year old daughter (Abigail’s) acting dreams. Abigail has been working with Denise nearly 2 years and her growth as a person and actress has been unmeasurable. She has had many private lessons, Skype sessions and several workshops over the years with Denise. Abigail was able to get representaion through Denise and was just on the National tour of “Shrek the Musical” In China and Malaysia playing Young Fiona. The whole family owes a lot to Denise and we can’t wait to see what the future holds in store for our daughter.”
Richard and Laura Charneski
“I just recently started working with Denise but I feel as if she has been my teacher for years. I have learned so much in these past few months about myself that I never knew existed. Growing up, teenagers are always trying to change themselves and be anyone but their true self. Denise taught me to always be myself because what you most commonly try to cover up is usually the characteristic that sets you apart and makes everyone fall in love with you! Thank you so much Denise for opening my eyes to a world of opportunities that seemed unreachable and impossible only a short while ago. Working with you is one of the smartest decisions I have made and I am SO excited to see what the future brings.”
“It is always a pleasure when I audition a child who clearly has worked with Denise.”
ADRIENNE STERN – NEW YORK CASTING DIRECTOR
“The techniques Denise teaches helps to build our clients’ confidence and increases their chances of success in the business.”
ELISE KOSEFF – J. MITCHELL MANAGEMENT
“Denise brings the highest level of her craft to her students and is profoundly connected with young performers. It has been exciting to watch my daughter reach new levels of artistic achievement with her direction and support.”
“My daughter has worked with Denise for the past 4 years. She is an amazing teacher who has helped my daughter blossom. She has helped Leeza gain admittance into the Professional Performing Arts Middle School. She is very patient but also tough at times when needs be. She has gone from acting coach to someone who is very special in my daughter’s life.
“Denise Simon has a way with kids that brings out natural ability, talents, and energy. Her NYC know-how and her teaching gifts put the shine on young performers. It’s a must for all aspiring actors.”
JERRY FISHMAN – PRODUCER
“Denise has positively influenced my 16 year old daughters life for the past 6 1/2 years, Her past summer shows and ongoing musical theatre audition/workshops have been a total success and well worth the traveling from the south. All of Denise’s teaching methods and individual attention lead her to be accepted into Miami’s New World School of the Arts Highschool. Until this day, my daughter takes with her all of Denise’s professional advice and as a result, she is a confident and successful musical theatre student. So glad we met you Denise on that Blizzard Day audition!!”
“Denise Simon has the gift that inspires young actors to achieve more than they ever expected.”
CARL SAMUELSON – STAGEDOOR MANOR PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
“I have definitely seen a difference in my clients’ work after they have worked with Denise.”
DONNALYN CARFI – HARVEST MANAGEMENT