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 ★
︎ Accent Work
︎ Public Speaking
★ ACTING/DRAMA ★
︎ Acting Technique
︎ LAMDA Examinations
︎ 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:
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.
James offers online sessions for students who are too far away to visit via Zoom.
James is able to do voice assessments (a prerequisite for elocution coaching) which lasts 45-60 minutes and costs £20. 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.
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.
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.
Voice Assessment: £20
Hourly Rate: £39
• 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
• LAMDA Gold in Acting and Verse & Prose (Distinction)
â˜…â˜…â˜…â˜…â˜… I have had two sessions with James so far and I am satisfied I made the right decision to contact him. He's attentive and a good tutor who takes time to explain the subject.
â˜…â˜…â˜…â˜…â˜… I enjoyed working with James. He is very pleasent, engaging and enthusiastic teacher. I suffered a stroke and somedays I had difficulty sitting or suffered with various aches and pains. James tolerated my distress and he did not show pity,
â˜…â˜…â˜…â˜…â˜… Helpful, reliable and fun :)
â˜…â˜…â˜…â˜…â˜… I can not possibly recommend James Percy- any higher! From the moment I approached him regarding elocution and speech lessons for my 11 year old, he has been extremely informative, reliable, prompt in his communication, very thorough in answering all my preliminary question and a pleasure to deal with. My son was delighted to have his first lesson last Saturday - James was absolutely amazing with him, very professional, very knowledgeable, very productive, yet fun! My son enjoyed every...
â˜…â˜…â˜…â˜…â˜… We have utilised James voice coaching/elocution services for my eldest son & my daughter's boyfriend, both of whom were keen to improve their speech/diction. So far they have both had two, one hour sessions with James which they have been delighted with. James has proved to be very knowledgeable, reliable, engaging & focused on helping the boys overcome their speech challenges. I would have no hesitation in recommending him to others.
â˜…â˜…â˜…â˜…â˜… I am delighted to have James as a drama tutor for my daughter. He is an engaging and effective tutor who communicates his knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject with skill and invention. James has a lively and dynamic presence, is quick to put the student at ease and is always very encouraging - drawing the student into dialogue and thus into active participation. This is so important because it makes the student valued and, in my opinion, is the hallmark of a good teacher...
â˜…â˜…â˜…â˜…â˜… James is friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgable guy. He tailors each session to you and provides homework to do on your own in between sessions. He is also flexible with sessions if you are busy to fit in around work which I have found helpful. I would recommend to anyone looking to improve their communication skills and elocution.
â˜…â˜…â˜…â˜…â˜… I would highly recommend James! He has helped me with my preparation for my drama school auditions and has been nothing but supportive! James always arrives to lessons promptly, is very easy to communicate with and open up to and learns what kind of student/actor you are to give you the best advice and help possible.
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