Paula J Riley

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New York, NY

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Paula J delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 15+

Teaching since:
January 2000

My aim is to help the “actor” achieve the greatest possibility for the existence of nuance, through the profound understanding of character development and its inevitable progression. And to assist the “person” to achieve their highest life goals.

PPA (Primary Principles of Acting), a process I developed, engages the actor through private coaching and class work. I use improvisation and visualization as main tools. It is my goal that the actor become cognizant of those elements, which lay below our everyday awareness and utilize them in a responsible and conscious manner, awakening the true nature of the character.

Creating a “Character Core”
Using your Senses Wisely
Memory + Imagination
You and Your Subconscious
And more...
The ultimate objective is to have the actor create and embrace the character’s “sense of truth.”

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Artistic Director
Jan 1974 - Present
The Spiral Theatre Studio

Private coaching for beginners through professionals


Graduate of The Chamber Theatre Repertory
Jul 1970 - Aug 1979
The Chamber Theatre


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Actors' Equity Association
Dec 1998

Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.

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Actors Studio
Apr 1996

The Actors Studio was formed in 1947 in New York City to provide a place where professional actors could work together between jobs, or during long runs to continue to develop their craft and to experiment with new forms in creative theatre work. In 1967 the Actors Studio opened its only branch in West Hollywood, California. Membership provides a place for theatre artists to advance their craft and talents. For more than sixty years The Actors Studio has lived a very rich artistic existence and will endure as long as talent needs a home.

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Paula J Riley
Acting Teacher, Coach & Director
private lessons only - $75.00


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