Dialect/Self Tape/College - Virtual
Simone is a Los Angeles based teacher and Actor. She is a faculty member in the Acting For Camera Department at the AMDA College of Performing Arts, LA campus. Simone spent 8 years teaching and working in Theatre, TV, and Film in New York City. Before her time in LA, she assistant taught at Playwrights Horizons Theatre school, a part of NYU, and various highschools in the Tri-state Area. Some of her collaborators include Clubbed Thumb, Playwrights Horizons Uptown/Downtown, The Public Theater, Fresh Ground Pepper, Page 73, The New Ohio, Sam Pinkleton, DJ Mendel, Ken Rus Schmoll, Jenny Schwartz, Max Posner, and Ain Gordon. Select THEATER credits include: The Wolves (Lyric Stage Company of Boston), Fabulation or the ReEducation of Undine (Lyric Stage Company of Boston), Sisters on The Ground (Clubbed Thumb), The Thorton Wilder Project (Playwrights Downtown). TV/FLM: Search Party (TBS/HBO MAX), Ranchwater (Austin Film Festival Recipient). Simone is a 2019 winner of the Elliot Norton Award for Best Production (The Wolves). EDUCATION: BFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Check out www.simone-black.com
Going into my Shakespeare audition I was very nervous until working with Simone. Simone helped guide me through Shakespeare and actually helped me understand the pieces I worked on and made it very enjoyable as well. Coming from an actor who isn't the biggest fan of Shakespeare I actually love my monologue now and can view the beauty of the writing due to Simone's guidance. She has also helped me in many genres of self-tapes making sure I nailed every single one. She is kind, full of wisdom, and an overall amazing coach. I would highly recommend working with Simone for any type of college, Shakespeare or self-tape.
From the first time I met Simone, she made me feel so comfortable and ok to be myself. She has taught me everything I know. After taking lessons with her for only 2 months, I auditioned for an independent film and got my first role! I owe everything to Simone.
She is so kind, patient, and funny! I absolutely love her! I look forward to our Friday lessons all week long!
- Mia Qualter age 10