Nurture Talent

LAMDA | Young Persons Agency | Presentation Coaching

Meet our director Frances Simon

Hi, my name is Frances Simon and I am a Speech and drama coach and founder of the personal management agency: Nurture Talent.  I am a professional actress who received a full scholarship to train at the prestigious Webber Douglas Academy. I qualified with the Acting Academy Diploma with Distinction. Following my training, I attended The Arts Educational School and received a BA honours in Acting where I obtained a 2:1 with City University. I’ve worked as an Actress in T.V, Radio, and for a 10 month National Theatre Tour. The things I love to do include coaching students for the internationally recognised LAMDA exams, running my established talent agency Nurture Talent, writing screen-plays, parenting my daughter, not to mention keeping the romance ticking with my husband!

I love to equip people with skills and techniques to enable them to flourish when professional opportunities present themselves!! After all ‘Success happens when preparation meets opportunity’ (Henry Hartman)

Frances Simon


Growing Personally

As well as training people professionally, I also love to develop people personally. To help them grow their resilience, discipline, perseverance, independence and ability to think creatively. I love to encourage people to flourish in a safe, positive environment. And I love to encourage everyone to work to the best of their ability and to strive for excellence. 

Growing Professionally

I love to help people develop their skills and grow in confidence, whether just for fun or to go towards launching a career in the performing arts. For people who love acting I can take you step by step through the entire process – from fining tuning your performance skills to landing professional work. And if you are in the workplace I can help you excel in your communicative and presentational skills.

Our Expertise

Drama coaching & LAMDA

  • LAMDA examinations in verse and prose
  • 1-1 Youth coaching and T.V. workshops
  • Coaching for NYT and Drama school
  • Summer holiday drama workshops
  • Acting tuition for adults (1:1 and groups)

Personal management and talent agency

  • Step by step guidance on going professional
  • Organising headshots & show reels
  • Signing up to Spotlight
  • Representing you in professional work
  • Coaching preparation for auditions

Interview, presentation and public speaking

  • 1:1 Coaching on interview technique
  • 1:1 Coaching on presentation skills
  • 1:1 Private public speaking coaching
  • 1:1 Voice tuition
  • Tailor made adult group workshops

Learning audition Skills for TV​ Masterclass


With Casting Director/writer ​Rick Laxton (CDG)

SUNDAY 27th January 2019 at Friargate Theatre, Lower Friargate, York, YO1 9SL

The 6- 10 year old workshop runs from 11am – 2pm. The over 11’s workshop runs from 3pm – 6pm. ​​Price: £70

Rick is a freelance Casting Director with bases in Manchester and London. He was Head of Casting at Lime Pictures between 2010 and 2015, before which he spent seven years in the casting department at ITV in Manchester. 

Notable projects he has worked on include; Hollyoaks, Peter Kay’s Car Share, Crown Court, Rocket’s Island, House of Anubis, The Case and The Evermore Chronicles. Rick also co-wrote BBC Two pilot THE PACT which stars Sarah Solemani and Brett Goldstein, the pilot aired as part of the ‘New on Two’ season in September.

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