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Episode 25: Simon Ward



Simon Ward is an actor, psychologist and educator based in Sydney, Australia.


Simon trained in the MA Musical Theatre degree & the LRAM program in teaching voice at the Royal Academy of Music in London, holds a Licentiate in Musical Theatre from Trinity College London, trained in Acting with the Actors Centre Australia, and completed four Psychology degrees at Macquarie University in Sydney.


He has performed in London’s West End, New York City & throughout Australia in musicals, plays, opera and extensively in cabaret. He has also directed shows for the Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne Fringe Festivals.


Simon has also worked as a Clinical Psychologist in the NSW Government Health Department, as a consultant psychologist for the Australian Ballet & works in private practice.


Simon teaches acting, voice, and mental health for performers to college students, and also runs workshops on anxiety and the voice, psychology and performing and professional development. He works with individuals, educational institutions, and arts industry organizations.


Simon's Website


Simon recommends the following:


More Info on the Science:

Dr. Dan Siegel

Stephen Porges

National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine


Arts Industry and General Wellbeing:

USA: Americans for the Arts

AUS: Arts Wellbeing Collective

UK: Arts Minds


Mental Health & Wellbeing Assistance:

USA: Mental Health America

AUS: Mental Health Helplines ; Beyond Blue

UK: Mind.org


Essential TED Talks:

Do schools kill creativity? with Sir Ken Robinson

The power of vulnerability with Dr Brene Brown

Technology and the human mind with Susan Greenfield