Acting & Singing Lessons in Essex

The Actors Studio provides expert and professional one to one singing lessons and acting lessons in the Rayleigh & Southend area of Essex both in person and online. 

Acting & Singing Lessons in Essex

The Actors Studio provides expert and professional one to one singing lessons and acting lessons in the Rayleigh & Southend area of Essex both in person and online. 


Acting & Singing Lessons in Essex

The Actors Studio provides expert and professional one to one singing lessons and acting lessons in the Rayleigh & Southend area of Essex both in person and online. 

About the Studio


The Studio provides expert and professional one to one singing classes and acting classes from a lovely garden studio in a friendly family home in the heart of Rayleigh, Essex. Online classes are also available to those who cannot visit.


Both adults and children are welcome at the studio. Beginners are welcome at the studio as are experienced performers. Students work with industry Director and Teacher John Payton to improve acting skills, work on their vocal development, prepare for a vital audition or exam or just for pleasure. John is an experienced teacher of the dramatic arts and singing. He works with all ages of students, and has also specialised in teaching young performers. Many of his students have gone on to study at London and international drama schools and work in the entertainment industry in theatre, film, television and music. Find out more about John's career and credentials below and read on for more information about the studio. 


1 to 1 

Acting Lessons

£35 per class

1 to 1 

Singing Lessons

£35 per class


LAMDA Exam Preparation

£35 per class


Drama School

Audition Prep

£35 per class


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About John Payton

John is a skilled teacher of acting and singing, with 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry. As a professional theatre director, producer and casting director he has an extensive knowledge of the industry and has worked with thousands of performers. John studied Theatre at Lancaster University and has a BA Hons. He subsequently trained in Directing in London and is an Associate of the London College of Music. 

Acting & Singing Teacher

John has worked intensively with acting and singing students for over 20 years. He works with students towards achieving drama school entry, building repertoire and vocal experience or simply for confidence building and pleasure. 


He has taught at many drama centres across London, the South East and Internationally. His students have gone on to train at the majority of the UK’s prestigious drama schools including The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Guildhall, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), Guildford School of Acting, London Academy of Music & Dramatic Arts (LAMDA), Arts Educational, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Italia Conti, the BRIT school, Laine Theatre Arts, Sylvia Young Theatre School,  Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in Los Angeles. Many of them have gone on to work extensively in Musical Theatre, Drama, Television, Film and the further entertainment industry both in the UK and internationally.  

Theatre Director

John is also an award-winning director of theatre and has directed over 60 major productions across a wide variety of plays, musicals, pantomimes and concerts. His work as a director has been seen in London and across the UK, in America, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Bahrain and Bermuda.


John also works as a Casting Director on theatrical productions and has designed sets for the stage. He is also a Sound Designer and Composer of Theatre scores.


Theatrical Producer

John has produced over 30 major theatre productions internationally. He also founded the international organisation West End Stage Experience, which for many years, provided valuable opportunites for students to train and perform with West End professionals in fully staged public productions of popular musicals. 

Actor & Vocalist

For many years, John was himself an actor performing in London's West End and on tour in the UK and Europe in popular musicals and plays. He is known, on occasion, to dust off his performing shoes!


Student Testimonials

“John is an excellent voice coach and music teacher. Since working with him, my singing and voice has markedly improved. I strongly recommend him.”

Minoo Patel, Singer


The Studio


Class Bookings & Contact

If you'd like more information or would like to discuss your requirements or if you'd like to book a class at the studio we would love to hear from you! 


Classes are available to anyone from the age of 7 upwards in acting or singing. No prior experience is necessary, however experienced students are of course welcome too. Students can either attend in person at the studio or online via the Zoom app. All details can be provided at point of booking.

How to Book a Class

For class bookings please email or fill out the form below. Classes last one hour and are £35 per hour. A discount is available for block bookings of 10 classes or more. Classes run every day 9am-7pm, Monday to Saturday depending on availability.


Please note: Booked classes cancelled by the student within 48 hours of the class time are chargeable at the full rate. 


Studio Location

The studio is 2 minutes by car from Rayleigh High Street or a brisk 7 minute walk from the high street via London Hill. It is only a convenient 5 minute walk from Rayleigh Station. There is off street parking available to students. 

Rayleigh, Essex

Tel: 01268 424 700

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