Drama and English (Foreign Language) Lessons in Newport Pagnell

I am a friendly, enthusiastic and experienced tutor in acting and elocution, based in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. I have 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. Outside of my professional acting and voice over career, I tutor privately and runs Big Bold Youth, a Community Interest Company providing affordable and accessible drama activities for young people across the UK. I have a Enhanced DBS check, I am trained in child protection and also 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 & fosussed on helping the boys overcome their speach challenges."
★★★★★ "Helpful, reliable and fun"
★★★★★ "I would highly recommend James!"
★★★★★ "I enjoyed working with James. He is very pleasent, 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.

Tutoring Experience

I have had a passion for teaching for over 9 years, starting at the Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre in Guildford, where I taught as an Assistant Leader. I went on to set up my own youth theatre in Dorking for fellow students at my school. After four years of training at two of London's top drama schools, I set up Big Bold Youth, a not-for-profit organisation with the aim of creating platform for young people to enjoy drama that is both affordable and accessible. Since then, the company has run various workshops across the country, and now runs two performing art schools in Surrey and Buckinghamshire. I began teaching privately in 2016 and over the last two years, has taught students both in the UK and internationally.

Tutoring Approach

✔︎ Acting Technique
✔︎ LAMDA Examinations
✔︎ Monologues
✔︎ Audition Preparation
✔︎ Drama School Applications
✔︎ Drama & Theatre Studies

✔︎ Articulation/Diction
✔︎ Accent Work
✔︎ Public Speaking
✔︎ Communication

I tailor each lesson depending on a student's personal learning style and specific needs. Whatever level of experience, I enjoy helping student's reach their potential and like them to walk away after each lesson with a feeling of accomplishment. Before a student's first lesson, I like to find out a little bit about their experience, their aims and goals which allows me to create a personalised plan for their initial session. I can also provide reports for parents every quarter with regards to student's progress.

I offer the following options for private tuition:

In-House: I usually teach from my office based in the centre of Milton Keynes.
Your Home: Can't travel to my office? I am also able to travel to your home, up to a 30 miles radius outside Milton Keynes [Limited Availability]
Online: Can't travel to my office and outside the 30 mile radius? I also teach online via Skype. All you need is a good internet connection and a webcam.

I currently have clients in:

Milton Keynes


◾ I use 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 card or by bank transfer. I also offers 10% for pre-paid block bookings of 10 or more sessions.


◾ I offer online sessions for students who are too far away to visit via Skype.

LanguagesEnglish (British), French
AvailabilityWeekends, Weekdays (all times)
References Available On File


Italia Conti Academy (UEL)2015BachelorsBA (Hons) Acting - 2:1
Drama Centre London2012CollegeATCL Diploma in Performance Studies
LAMDA2010OtherActing - Gold Medal - Distinction
LAMDA 2010OtherVerse & Prose - Gold Medal - Distinction

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