Simon is movement Tutor on both Theatre and Performance and Acting Programmes, focussing on developing students tools for play, composition, and preparation for physical excellence, utilising the work of such practitioners as Rudolf Laban, Anne Bogart, David Zambrano, John Wright/Jacques Lecoq, and Moshe Feldenkrais. He is passionate about enabling the actor agency over their own physical choices, specificity, and playfulness.
Simon is an award winning theatre maker, movement director and actor, with over 15 years professional experience in the industry. He trained as an actor at East 15 Acting School, with
further training in Choreology with Rosemary Brandt (Trinity Laban) and with John Wright in Clown and Mask.
As a movement director Simon has worked extensively across the UK with such companies and theatres as The Almeida Theatre (Shuffle), Paines Plough (Roundabout Season 2018: Sticks and
Stones/Island Town/How to Spot an Alien), Everyman Liverpool (To Have To Shoot Irishmen), Theatre Hullabaloo (Bear and Butterfly), Kiln Theatre (community company), Company Three (The Act), Leeds Playhouse (Influence).
Simon is associate artist and creative collaborator with the physical theatre company, Tangled Feet Theatre, having performed in almost all of their productions since 2011 touring nationally. He
is also associate artist with the physical story-telling company Angel Exit Theatre, and game theatre company Upstart Theatre. Upstart Theatre produced Simon’s most recent piece, Marco, a
highly physical solo piece, which toured nationally and to Vaults Festival 2019, supported by Arts Council England.
“Jones … is fantastic throughout. He’s engaging and funny, physically powerful and precise, as he moves from performing the role of slightly erratic and nervous tour-guide to offering personal reflections or becoming completely adsorbed in blissful admiration. He’s an impressive performer who enraptures the audience…”
Review of Marco, Exeunt Magazine, 2018.
As an actor and performer, Simon has Toured internationally and worked with such theatres and companies as The RSC (Wendy and Peter Pan), Soho Theatre (This Much), Royal and Derngate
(Flathampton), Theatre Hullabaloo (Bear and Butterfly), Shoreditch Town Hall (DARE festival/Marco/The Situation Room),Battersea Arts Centre (Attempts on Her Life), Viennas English Theatre (Dance Class), Oval House (His Spread Legs), The Dukes (Astonishing Vacuum Cleaner Adventure), The National Theatre (All That is Solid Melts Into Air), Bath Theatre Royal (Therese
Raquin), and more.
Before joining the team at The Arden, Simon taught movement and directed at Oxford School of Drama, East 15 Acting School, Identity, Central School, and ALRA North.
Simon is currently working towards a new large scale outdoor show, The Local: A Skatepark Project. This piece is supported by The Lawrence Batley Theatre, MGC Futures Award (2019
bursary award recipient), Stockton ARC, and Theatre in The Mill.