Acting & Singing Lessons in Essex

The Actors Studio provides expert and professional one to one singing lessons and acting lessons in the heart of Rayleigh, Essex. 

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

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. 

Both adults and children are welcome at the studio. Students work with industry Director/Producer John Payton to improve acting skills, work on their vocal development, prepare for a vital audition or examination or just for pleasure. John is an experienced teacher of drama and singing. He has worked with all ages, 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 and read on for more information about the studio. 

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About John Payton

John is a highly experienced director, producer, casting director and teacher, with 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry. He has an extensive knowledge of the industry and has worked with thousands of performers. John read 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. 


For many years John has worked intensively with acting and singing students working towards achieving drama school entry, or for confidence building and pleasure. He has taught at many drama centres across London and 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.  


John is an award-winning director of theatre and has over 60 major productions to his name across a wide variety of plays, musicals, pantomimes and concerts. His work as a director has been seen in London and the UK, America, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Bahrain and Bermuda. John also works as a Casting Director, Stage Designer, Sound Designer and Composer of  Theatre scores.



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


For some years, John was a busy actor performing in London's West End and on tour in the UK and Europe. He is known, on occasion, to dust off his performing shoes.



“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! 

For bookings please email or fill out the form below. Classes last one hour or two hours and are £35 per hour. Discounts from the hourly rate are available for block bookings of 10 classes or more. Classes run every day, 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. 


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 a 5 minute walk from Rayleigh Station. There is off street parking available. 

Rayleigh, Essex

Tel: 01268 424 700

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