For 11-23 year olds - 25-29th March 2024

Easter Film School

With Frances Simon & Lee Salisbury
BAFTA nominated director


With industry professionals

Our Film Week Schedule - Places Limited!

A summer school with a twist – expert teaching from professionals including  casting workshops, rehearsals and opportunity to feature in a pilot for a TV series written by a professional script writer!

Day 1

10-4 pm Joseph Rowntree Theatre workshop, Masterclasses and Q&A sessions.

Day 2

10-4 pm Joseph Rowntree Theatre rehearsal, script workshop and casting.

Day 3

10-4 pm Bootham School, York, YO30 7BU, rehearsal on site.

Day 4

Earlier start time and potentially later finish. Bootham School, York, YO30 7BU. Filming on site.

Day 5

Online debrief.

Frances Simon

Meet your mentors

Frances Simon

Frances began her training at the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. Following her time there she embarked on a 3-year rigorous drama training at the Webber Douglas Academy in London. Frances Qualified with the Acting Academy Diploma with Distinction. On completing her diploma, Frances attended the Arts Educational School and received a 2:1 BA Honours in Acting. Professional work after training included featuring in BBC Drama series Casualty, BBC Final Demand and in regional theatre. A National Theatre tour brought her to York, and it was at this point, early on in her career, that she realised raising her daughter was the most important role for her and hung up her professional acting hat. Frances is now an established teacher of the internationally recognised LAMDA exams whose young people receive enviably outstanding results in the exam centres she leads. She is founder of the France Simon Talent Agency and uses her pastoral skills to nurture talent in York and beyond.

With BAFTA nominated director

Lee Salisbury

Lee Salisbury is a BAFTA nominated director who has worked on some of the UK’s biggest continuing dramas including EastEnders, HOLLYOAKS and Coronation Street. He has also worked on some of the UK’s most talked about shows including Bake Off, Scared of The Dark and What Not To Wear. Lee has worked with some of the biggest names in business such as Guy Pearce and Amanda Holden.

Lee Salisbury

For youth 11-23 years old
Easter 2024

For those with a passion for learning about film/TV and a desire to work in film and TV industries

Super boost your C.V. in just 5 days

Up your confidence & skill set

Experience being part of a film school and gain communication and performance skills taught by a highly experienced and passionate coaching team.

No need to invest further

Just bring your own lunch pack-up and drinks plus a notepad, pen/pencil and highlighter pen. Everything else will be provided!

Youth Film School

Work with a wide range of mentors & peers. Minimum student age 11 years with maximum age 23 years. All are welcome and we are particularly keen to welcome young people who are neurodiverse.

Monday-Friday Approx. 10am-4pm

We're supporting the working brigade of parents who we all know are the real heroes in every young person's story. As a working parent if it helps to drop off at 9.30 am and pick up at 4.30 pm from day to day this will be fine.

Online and at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York

Get REAL performance experience! Joseph Rowntree Theatre, Haxby Rd, York YO31 8TA

Risk Assessment in place

Risk assessment in place in line with Government Guidelines and ALL our staff are CRB checked.


Thank you for this week. Josh has really enjoyed his time with you. Hes come out of himself, and is really interested in drama again after losing his confidence. As we speak he's on a call with some of the others from the group, and he hasn't had many friends to talk to lately. So Thank you again.
Josh's Mum
Thank you for a wonderful, fun and fabulous summer time. Thank you for always believing in me. I enjoy working with you because you are fun, kind and caring. Lots of love Bella.
Drama student

Do something extraordinary

Cost for the week £325

Places strictly limited due the level of mentorship we provide

© 2024 Frances Simon