Born in Scotland, Simon holds an MA in French and Spanish from Cambridge University, a PGDip in Music Theatre from the Royal Academy of Music, and an MFA in Voice from NIDA. He is a certified teacher and trainer of Knight Thompson Speechwork.
Simon has worked extensively over the past 20 years as a singer, actor, singing teacher, translator and voice coach. Performance highlights include: Lachiusaʼs Wild Party and Lucky Nurse; touring as Bass 1 of the Swingle Singers; work with The Song Company; a French-language European tour of Le petit prince; and narrating Berioʼs Sinfonia at the London Proms.
Simon lectures in accents, voice, anatomy, singing, and musical theatre for the Acting BFA and Voice MFA at NIDA. He has taught at Sydney Actors School, Actors Centre Australia, Sydney Theatre School, International Screen Academy, Excelsia College, Toi Whakaari, and Cal State University Long Beach. His company, This is Not a Drill, offers voice and speech teacher training for high school teachers across Australia.
Production coaching includes: Trainspotting (Limelight on Oxford); The Lady in the Barracks (Sydney Fringe); Roberto Zucco, Meat Eaters, Hello Again, Persona, and In a Year of Thirteen Moons (NIDA); We Are Proud to Present… and Antigone X (California Repertory).
Simon is an Associate Editor of the Voice and Speech Review, the academic journal of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association