About Denise Simon Acting & Coaching

Denise Simon Acting & Coaching was established in 1994 to meet the needs of child performers and their families. DSAC is recommended by New York’s top Agents, Managers and Casting Directors for their ability to coach young actors without them looking coached. Using the Meisner approach in truth and simplicity, Denise and her team teach young performers through private and group classes. Through a myriad of exercises, games & simple technique students are empowered, encouraged and challenged to reach beyond their current grasp while building confidence and having fun. Their classes and industry workshops attract both established and emerging talent. Class size is small, enabling students to receive individual attention using age appropriate material to remain natural and honest. DSAC is also known as the best source available for objective guidance in career consultation for young actors and their parents. They coach and consult hundreds of children and young adults who appear regularly on Broadway and in TV and film.


Denise Simon, Founder

Denise is a veteran of the industry as an actress, teacher, director, casting director, and personal talent manager. She has been teaching young actors in the craft of acting for over 30 years and provides private consulting to guide young actors and their parents through the challenges inherent to show business. She works with high school students on their college auditions and guides them through the performing arts college admission process. As a certified life coach, Denise works with clients of all ages to help them find balance and satisfaction in their lives. Her life coaching skills give her insight into clients’ needs. For parents of young performers, this means guiding them to be more effective in their role as an advocate for their children. Denise’s training helps her understand that, in the process of pursuing an acting career, children can develop their character and abilities in ways that impact them positively throughout their lives. With Denise’s assistance, children learn meaningful life lessons that they take with them in whatever careers they choose later on.

Denise is a contributing expert columnist to Backstage.com, is a member of the NY SAG AFTRA Young Performers Committee, and has actively led seminars for Actors Equity Association, SAG- AFTRA, and other organizations throughout the country. She serves on the advisory board of the Looking Ahead committee at the Actors Fund in New York. Denise has also worked with corporate firms to lead acting and improvisational training for their employees.

For ten years, Denise was an associate with Fox Albert Management, one of the leading talent management companies in New York, where she managed such clients as Scarlett Johansson, Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino, Lacey Chabert, and Judy Reyes (NBC’s Scrubs).

A graduate of Florida State University with a B.F.A. degree in theatre, Denise has studied acting with renowned teachers, including Wynn Handman, Burt Reynolds,  Charles Nelson Reilly, and Larry Silverberg. As a casting director, Denise cast the award-winning independent film, “No Letting Go,” directed by Jonathan Bucari.

Denise has been the on-set coach for the award-winning television show, “Teen Kids News,” and for Fox television’s “The Following.”

Meet Our Staff

Jazelle Foster

Associate Teacher & Marketing Director

An actor mostly known for her recurring role in ABC’s What Would You Do?! with John Quinones, Jazelle has worked with brands such as Uber, Jameson, Olay & Target. Jazelle is trained in the Meisner technique and holds a BFA in theatre performance . She is known for her connection with the students, marrying truthfulness and fun each and every day.

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Ashley Crane

Assistant Teacher

Ashley has been teaching young actors for over nine years. An actress herself, she studied in South Florida, and has been working in TV and Film in Atlanta, Wilmington, and NY. In her spare time she writes, bikes, and rock climbs. She loves working with all of the incredibly talented students at DSAC.


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