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East Anglia School of Acting

Nicholas Paley MA Applied Theatre


Nick graduated with a Masters Degree from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and has worked for over 20 years as an actor, director, writer, producer, occasional stand up comedian and arts facilitator. Theatre is his great love but he has also worked on film, television and new media projects. 

Highlights of his career have included: The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter (WordPlay Theatre Company tour of the Netherlands), The Beaux Stratagem at the Lichfield Garrick & It's Not Unusual at the Derby Playhouse (Central line Touring), The Basset Table & The World in a Village (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds) and The Bell Ringer of Notre Dame (Oddsocks Productions). He has also directed and assistant directed numerous community and student productions including: A Midsummer Nights Dream (Nottingham Arts Theatre) The Crucible (Mansfield Palace Theatre) and The Breakfast Club (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds).

Former Students

Nick has been tutoring and mentoring aspiring actors for many years.

People that have worked with Nick have gone on to study at:

  • East 15
  • Italia Conti
  • University of Wales
  • Manchester Met
  • Birmingham School of Acting
  • Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
  • Rose Bruford

Several are now professional actors.

Current pass rates of students studying towards LAMDA and Trinity Guildhall Exams.


“Extra drama lessons have become one of the most happily anticipated events of our son's week at school. Although a rather pensive and sometimes solitary child, Our 10 year old son has developed enthusiasm and confidence since being taught improvisation and is keen to work in partnership with others. He relishes the opportunity to use his imagination without fear of criticism and is even excited about working towards the exam!” – Clare – Parent

“Maddy has benefited enormously from her drama classes; she has finally found her mojo! It has been a fantastic way for her to express herself and find her confidence. She absolutely loves it and her enjoyment of drama now is just wonderful to see!” – Kate – Parent

“Mr Paley is an inspirational teacher who stretches the children's imagination whilst making his lessons tremendous fun.” – Wiz – Parent

“I really enjoy my drama lessons with Mr Paley. He makes the lessons really good fun but I am still learning a lot. I would definitely recommend these lessons to a friend.” Marina – Age 11

"Nick teaches both my son and my daughter drama. Their lessons with him are imaginative, inspired and engaging." – Kate – Parent