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James - Prof acting - Newport Pagnell
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  • (21 reviews)
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Louise
« I have no hesitation in recommending James. He is a knowledgeable... More »
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Louise
« I have no hesitation in recommending James. He is a knowledgeable professional and will work with you to identify and address root causes in order to overcome and/or improve your technique. His approach is both personal and pragmatic with techniques developed to suit your individual requirements. Thank you for your help James! »
£45/h
Profile and degree verified
Response Time 24h
Lessons offered by James
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • Acting
  • Improvisational theatre
  • Drama School Entrance
  • LAMDA Exams Preparation
Levels
  • All Levels

International Acting Coach (incl. public speaking, accent reduction) based in Milton Keynes

Methodology

James is a friendly, enthusiastic and experienced international coach in acting (incl. LAMDA) and elocution (incl. accent reduction & public speaking) based in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. James has always had a love for languages, having partially grown up in the South West of France and going on to train for four years in theatre, screen and radio acting at Drama Centre London and Italia Conti Academy in London. James is also the founder and director of multi-award winning not-for-profit organisation Big Bold Youth, a Community Interest Company providing affordable and accessible drama activities for young people across the UK. He has an Enhanced DBS check, is trained in child protection and first aid.

Some of my recent feedback:

★★★★★ "I can not possibly recommend James Percy-Smith any higher!"
★★★★★ "James has proved to be very knowledgeable, reliable, engaging & focussed on helping the boys overcome their speech challenges."
★★★★★ "Helpful, reliable and fun"
★★★★★ "I would highly recommend James!"
★★★★★ "I enjoyed working with James. He is very pleasant, engaging and enthusiastic teacher"
★★★★★ "I have had two sessions with James so far and I am satisfied I made the right decision to contact him.

★ ELOCUTION ★
︎ Articulation/Diction
︎ Accent Work
︎ Public Speaking
︎ Communication

★ ACTING/DRAMA ★
︎ Acting Technique
︎ LAMDA Examinations
︎ Monologues
︎ Audition Preparation
︎ Drama School Applications
︎ Drama & Theatre Studies

James tailors each lesson depending on a student’s personal learning style and specific needs. Whatever level of experience, James enjoys helping students reach their potential and likes them to walk away after each lesson with a feeling of accomplishment.

James offers the following options for 1:1 coaching:

Office: James usually teaches clients from his office based in Newport Pagnell, Milton Keynes.
Online: Can't travel to the office or outside of the UK? James also teaches online via Zoom. All you need is a good internet connection and a webcam.

James has taught people 30+ different countries including but not limited to:

Brazil
Chile
China
England
Finland
France
Germany
Hungary
India
Iran
Ireland
Japan
Kazakhstan
Korea
Mexico
Nigeria
Pakistan
Poland
Romania
Russia
Scotland
Spain
Turkey
UAE
USA
Wales
Zimbabwe

PAYMENT

James uses a booking system for clients in order to provide my most up-to-date session availability. When booking a new session, clients have the option to pay via debit/credit car, PayPal or by bank transfer. There is also 5% and 10% discount for pre-paid block bookings of 5 or 10 sessions respectively.

ONLINE SESSIONS

James offers online sessions for students who are too far away to visit via Zoom.

VOICE ASSESSMENT

James is able to do voice assessments (a prerequisite for elocution coaching) which lasts 45-60 minutes and costs £25. By the end, James will be able to tell exactly what he has heard in your voice and where you need to work the most in order to achieve your aims/goals.

FREE CONSULTATION

James offers a FREE 30-minute consultation not only to give him a clear picture of your aim/goals but also to answer any questions you might have before booking in.

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One of our best tutors! High-quality profile, qualifications verified and response guaranteed. James will plan your first lesson with care.

Experience

James has had a passion for teaching for over a decade, starting at the Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre in Guildford and going on to set up his own youth theatre in Dorking for fellow students at his school. After four years of training at two of London’s top drama schools, James began teaching elocution and acting privately in 2016, moving on later to running masterclasses and events for large groups. Now teaching clients across the world, James has taught more than 1200 hours of elocution and acting coaching.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : £45/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : £185
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : £351

Details

Consultation: FREE
Voice Assessment: £25
Hourly Rate: £45

Lessons offered by James
Individual
The lessons will be held
at his home
Taught subjects
  • Acting
  • Improvisational theatre
  • Drama School Entrance
  • LAMDA Exams Preparation
Levels
  • All Levels

James's CV

• BA (Hons) Acting - Italia Conti Academy / Foundation in Performance - Drama Centre London
• Founder & Director of Big Bold Youth CIC
• Enhanced DBS Check / First Aid Trained
• Equity
• LAMDA Gold in Acting and Verse & Prose (Distinction)

21 reviews on James
  • 5/5

All our ratings are collected by us and are given in confidence, they correspond to a real experience.

21 recommendations

L
Louise

I have no hesitation in recommending James. He is a knowledgeable professional and will work with you to identify and address root causes in order to overcome and/or improve your technique. His approach is both personal and pragmatic with techniques developed to suit your individual requirements. Thank you for your help James!

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Carl

I have been working with James for a few months now to improve my speech, diction and presentation skills to help with live poetry performances and public speaking events. His depth of knowledge shines through. The sessions are challenging, yet very enjoyable and fulfilling. Friends and business associates have commented on how they have noticed increased clarity and confidence in my voice. I would heartily recommend James.

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Muhammad

I was under the impression that learning is inversely related to age till I met James. James is full of enthusiasm and is in love with his work to assist willing people to discover their best voice. His deep understanding of complex composition of distinct layers of a person inseparably connected to voice is extraordinary. He gently let you discover your hidden potential and leave you with a genuine voice that demands self-expression.

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Stephen

James has been working with my son, who is at a notoriously difficult age of 13, on improving his elocution. James has always been able to keep him engaged and interested in the topics / exercises at hand. His instruction is clear, and his homework for our son spot on. We have had to stop with the lessons during the school year, but will be restarting during the holidays.

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Yuka

James is a wonderful, experienced and friendly elocution coach who’s got such a great passion into what he does. I’ve improved a lot since I started his sessions for over a year ago and he’s taught me many techniques to reduce my accent and get closer to RP. He’s a accent expert and examines the voice very precisely.
I’d highly recommend James if you’re looking for a coach who can help you reduce your accent.

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Philippe

James is a great coach, personalising each session to my need and learning style. We initially started with coaching sessions about elocution and accent reduction and then explored other topics i.e. public speaking and presentation; he shows great knowledge in all these areas.
I am happy to recommend his professionalism.

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Nathalia

James is an amazing tutor! His elocution classes are helping me a lot soften my accent and have a clear speech.
The classes are focus on your needs and are helping a lot to build my confidence when speaking English.

夕香

James is a wonderful, experienced and friendly elocution coach who’s got such a great passion into what he does. I’ve improved a lot since I started his sessions for over a year ago and he’s taught me many techniques to reduce my accent and get closer to RP. He’s a accent expert and examines the voice very precisely.
I’d highly recommend James if you’re looking for a coach who can help you reduce your accent.

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Ben

Being born with glue eye, a condition which resulted in temporary loss of hearing in both ears, my early development in speaking was slightly impaired. Early loss of hearing, being dyslexia and other challenging life events have cumulatively compromised my ability to communicate effectively. Although written communication has improved drastically since childhood, I felt my ability to present ideas orally still needed improving. Improvement in oral communication has become especially pertinent since starting a graduate position at Santander, where I will be expected to contribute regularly to different senior stakeholders. Searching for elocution coaches, I found James’ professional website and instantly inquired for a free consultation.

From the first instance of our first zoom call, James has been professional, pleasant and engaging. We discussed my motivations for why I wanted his services, and from there James gave an overview of what he could offer and potential steps moving forward. After our first zoom call we met in person so James could carry out a voice assessment which allowed James to curate a personalised plan which fitted my personal areas of improvement.

My particular programme has been tailored to improve articulation and dictation, removing my Northampton accent, generally making my speech crisper and improving both vocals and public speaking. Each lesson has been engaging, making the hour fly by. At the end of each session, James has provided simple homework, which strikes the perfect balance of being effective without being too time-consuming. It has been evident after each lesson the improvement in my speaking from work put in homework and assignments. At the end of our 12-week session block, I am on track to give a talk to 30 people at his up and coming public speaking master class. I have every confidence this will go well with James guidance and a giant leap for my self-development.

If you are considering improving your public speaking for professional reasons such as myself, or want to reduce your accent, I would not hesitate to recommend James. You would have wished you started sooner.

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Jessica

I would like to thank James for his patient and perseverance helping me through this journey for better pronounce and better presentation skills. It has been quite enjoyable to learn and change completely how I look things in order to get a better. He is amazing, very professional and passionate for what he does. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed at all as each sessions is completely tailored to you! Jessica G

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