Get to Know Us

All of our Practitioners have at least ten years professional industry experience and hold all the relevant checks via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).


Adam Leese

Co- Director & Co-Founder of Actors Training
Actor & Director

Whilst in his last term at Arts Ed in 1998, Adam landed his first role in Victoria Wood's BBC sitcom 'Dinnerladies'. Twenty years on and still acting, Adam has accumulated a respectable CV having worked on films such as Bridget Jones' Baby, Attack The Block, King of Thieves with Michael Caine and next year sees the release of The Kid Who Would be King where he's reunited with Joe Cornish. Adam has over 50 credits on the small screen too and has appeared on shows such as The I.T Crowd, Broadchurch, Humans, Harlots and several appearances in Eastenders. After Volunteering as a Youth Mentor for BAFTA 10 years ago Adam discovered the joy of inspiring other and has now taught acting worldwide and is a regular tutor at The Canterbury Institute for Performing Arts and Reynolds.


James Simmons

Co-Director & Co-Founder of Actors Training
Actor & Director

James trained at LAMDA and has worked for over 30 years as an actor and director, all over the world. He's worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal National Theatre and played over 1000 performances as, 'Scar' in, Disney's, 'The Lion King' at the Lyceum. He worked for Sir Trevor Nunn in Hamlet, The Wars of the Roses, The Tempest and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead in the West End. He was nominated Best Actor in the 2012 MTA awards for his performance as, Elyot in Private Lives.

On TV his appearances include: Eastenders, Trial and Retribution, Animal Ark, Grown Ups and Rumpole. Films include Les Miserables and Henry V.
He was joint artistic director of Tour de Force from 1995 to 2004 directing both here and in the USA and assistant director on, Bizet's 'Carmen', Madam Butterfly and La Boheme at the Royal Albert Hall. 

James is a Auditioner and Worshop Facilitator for The National Youth Theatre as well as a regular Acting Tutor at The Royal Academy of Music, The Canterbury Institute of Performing Arts and Bethany School


Our Practitioners

Leading Drama Specialists

A Team is only as good as it's weakest member which is why we ensure that all of our Practitioners are hand picked and have proven track records of delivering quality and knowledge (and hopefully a few laughs along the way!) All of our practitioners have at least ten years experience in the Performing Arts Industry and the majority have much more. As well as being professional performers many of our drama specialists work in some of the countries leading Drama Institutions including RADA, East 15 and The Royal Academy of Music.