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British born Simon Porter trained as a dancer, singer and actor at the Corona Academy in London.
From the age of sixteen he appeared in many European productions including the Circus Tavern and the Magic Circle Show in London, the Scala in Madrid and the Alcazar Show in Munich. He arrived in Paris in 1983 to dance at both the Lidoand theMoulin Rouge, followed by La Nouvelle Eve as a dancer and French Can-Can soloist.
After appearing in the French versions of Kiss Me Kate in Geneva and Paris and Barnum in Lyon and Paris, Simon sang in a new French version of Hair at the Mogador Theatre in Paris.
Apart from musical theatre, he has performed in many of Disneyland Paris' stage shows and sang with the Marc Goldfedder Orchestra in Streets of New-York at the Hotel New York.
Although a performer first and foremost, living and working in France for over 30 years and the knowledge of both cultures and languages has naturally led to him adapting and working as vocal coach for several stage shows and recording projects.
Following a national tour performing in the French musical Sol En Cirque, Simon directed and co-wrote Isabelle Georges' show La French Touch, in Edinburgh and Paris and directed and choreographed Changer de Vie at the 20e Théâtre, Paris.
Singing teacher at the AID theatre school in Paris (2012/14) and currently vocal and musical theatre coach and Show Writerfor Disneyland Paris (Disney Jr, Stitch Live, Disney Performing Arts… ), Simon is also managing and artistic director of P&R Live Entertainment and creator and director of “Parlez Vous Broadway”. http://www.prlive-entertainment.com/parlez-vous-broadway.html and artistic and technical event coordinator for Take Us 2 The Magic.
Armed with a scientific Baccalauréat and an audiovisuel HTD specialising in sound engineering from the International School of Audio Creation and Production (EICAR), Xavier Robin began his career working alongside French entertainers including Michel Boujenah, Anne Roumanoff, Sellig, Jean-Marie Bigard and Titoff.
A subsequent meeting with Richard Cocciante
led to him being employed as a sound engineer for Notre Dame de Paris and the international tour of Le Petit Prince.
Upon returning to France and increasingly involved with major productions, Xavier became sound engineer for Kirikou the musical, toured nationally with the Moscow City Ballet and recently collaborated with Sinclair for the Parisian creation of the musical Lili Lampion and with Françoise Cadol and Stéphane Corbin for l’Hôtel des Roches Noires.
Throughout his career, Xavier has frequently crossed the paths of artists such as: Patrick Fiori, No One Is Innocent, Patrick Verbeke, Scissor Sister, Penumbra, Willow, Eha… to mention but a few.
Currently associate director of P&R Live Entertainment, he supervises the entirety of the company’s technical requirements.