There are far too many acting coaches out there looking to take your money and run. Paula J. Riley thankfully does not fall in that category. She is unbelievably kind, honest and nurturing. Paula is a skilled actress and a gifted teacher. I've been studying with Paula for nearly two years. I decided to take her scene study class (two separate classes for beginners and advanced students). I walked away with a ton of information about myself, the craft and the commitment it takes to reach your goals. I've been studying privately with Paula for a year. She has helped me get a few monologues under my belt. Her PPA process (Primary Principles of Acting) and her emphasis on improvisation has made a huge difference on how I approach any character. Working with her brings a tremendous amount of clarity to my work. I can go on and on and on for days about her incredible work ethic and dedication, but you get my drift. If you're looking for an AMAZING acting coach, look no further!
Lenna Parisyan, Actor
To me, Paula is unforgettable. It was the first time I worked with someone where the time was actually taken to allow the full development of a character, making it one of the richest roles I've ever played. She allows the actor to work to his/her potential and not "type". For that, I will always be grateful.
Camille Delgado, Actress
Paula has really helped sharpen my skills through her unique blend of acting techniques. She has challenged me to keep the stakes high while working from moment to moment. Training with Paula has improved my confidence, and encouraged me to make stronger acting choices.
Sherri Robinson, Actress
To all that cross this path —take advantage!
Paula J. Riley has been a great force in my auditions and performances. She directed me in both theatre and cabaret for which I received critical acclaim. She has given me tools, and moreover made me aware of the “business” of theatre. Her insight into the art as well as into the individual is a gift worth giving yourself.
Marshall Simon, Actor/Model/Cabaret Performer
On a recent visit to New York from London I was looking to take some acting classes and after email contact with various coaches, Paula fitted the criteria; i.e. honest, professional, experienced and reasonably priced! My expectations were far exceeded; it was clear from the beginning that Paula was not only a very skilled and intuitive acting teacher but someone that cares deeply about nurturing each individual actor so that they may set off, or indeed continue, on the path to realizing their true potential. Paula is interested in a long-term investment with the actor, this is something that was new to me and very welcome —there isn't really such an emphasis on the individual in the UK! My only regret is not being able to stay longer in NYC for more sessions with Paula —they were truly inspiring, helping to cement a self-belief that I am in the right profession with a renewed focus and direction. Many thanks Paula and I very much look forward to working with you again soon.
Archie Whyld, Actor (London)
Paula is a wonderful coach. I had a great time working with her. She taught me more than I've learned since I graduated from conservatory. And as well as teaching me new and valuable craft, She also made me feel cared for.
Chance Parker, Actress
I have always adored Paula as an actress for her creativity and courage, and was delighted to see that she brings that same energy to the stage, as a director.
Linda S. Nelson, Actor, Producer/Shotgun Productions
How does one possibly find adequate words to describe a dynamo like Paula J Riley? She took a vision and the love of a very unique stage and made them into a thriving reality in NYC --The Spiral Theatre Studio —where she directs and putson plays and musicals that are relevant, tackling difficult issues we all face or will struggle with, that will inspire and lift you up. And she's created all of this on the back of sheer determination and resourcefulness. Especially gutsy about Paula is that she has not been afraid to give new works and new playwrights a shot and it’s paid off. All one has to do is look at the success of her Salt and Pepper Series. Ah, Paula, such a privilege and joy to know you and be touched by your contagious enthusiasm, talent, and undaunted spirit!
Judge Billie Colombaro (Ret.)
The Spiral Theatre presented a fantastic New York premiere of my play, Stories My Grandmother told Me under the direction of the talented Paula J Riley. The quality of the production was excellent and the commitment and dedication of Ms. Riley and the actors were sensational. I believe strongly in the vision of the The Spiral Theatre Studio and think that it is an extremely valuable cultural asset to the city's (and the American theatre's) cultural scene.
Ted Swindley, Playwright
It has been such a pleasure working with Paula J Riley and the The Spiral Theatre Studio. I am especially excited about the Salt & Pepper Series and playwright Robert Benjamin. This series looks closely at senior issues, with humor and insight and targets a demographic largely ignored in American theatre today.
Wendy Merritt, Actor/Director
I am well acquainted with Paula J. Riley and her work with The Spiral Theater Studio. Over the last 2 years, I have enjoyed her work and am always pleasantly surprised by the professional productions, the caliber of the actors and the focus on senior citizen topics. There is clearly a need for these kinds of productions for an audience deserving to be served.
Earl Wilson, Jr., Songwriter and Playwright
The Spiral Theatre Studio has done an immense service by providing a venue for the voice of the older playwright in NewYork City. Their Salt & Pepper Series is, I believe, unique in the city.
Alyce Mott, Playwright/Producer/Director
I’ve had the honor of being part of The Spiral Theatre Studio since the beginning. I am so impressed with the passion, dedication and inspiration that Paula J. Riley has created in this theatre. Her high standard of excellence permeates every facet of the The Spiral Theatre Studio performances, exude the heart and soul Paula instills in her work. I am so looking forward to watching The Spiral Theatre Studio grow for the good of the community and for its highest good!
Dede Lyons, Founder, Feel Good Express/Mind Body Spirit Lifestyle
I’ve had the extraordinary pleasure of working with Paula J. Riley and her vision, The Spiral Theatre Studio. Before her grand opening, Metropolitan Room hosted several of her events and shows. My wife and I had the opportunity to see a show at The Spiral Theatre Studio in its permanent location in the last year and we were very impressed with how Paula had made a reality of her vision. The Spiral Theatre Studio offers opportunities to playwrights and producers who wouldn’t ordinarily have an opportunity to share their work with an audience. Paula’s work is truly a calling and I honor and support her.
Bernie Furshpan, Managing Partner/Metropolitan Room
When I saw Paula's picture on her website I felt that there was something very special and nurturing about her. And everything I 've experienced with her continues to affirm my first impression. Even in the short time I worked with her I feel such a difference in how I view and approach the entire process, knowing I was before just exploring the tip of the process. That is why I referred other actors to her. I felt confident that they too would see and feel the possibilities with Paula at the helm of our development. Paula is truly a soothing voice amidst a sometimes chaotic world.
Ed Smith: Actor, Primary Principals of Acting" Student
I've had the pleasure of working with Paula J Riley as an actor at The Spiral Theatre Studio and enjoyed the experience totally. I admire her particular attention to a much needed demographic, our seniors, and her focusing particular attention on the Salt & Pepper Series which sheds some much needed light on the theatrical experience and lives of seniors. Looking orward to her new home and wishing all concerned much good luck!
Judy Stadt, Actor, Radio Host, LUNCH AND JUDY SHOW
Paula just gives you the confidence to believe in your craft and most importantly yourself. She teaches with patience, love and a graceful passion. I met Paula at ActorsFest two years ago and knew right away that she was the one. I was fortunate enough to have made one of the best decisions of my life."
Rene Lopez, Actor, From Scratch To Script Student
Paula is a teacher and mentor. She has an amazing technique that grounds you in your work and makes you feel like anything is possible. Since I have been working with Paula I have increased confidence when approaching monologues, a better grasp of character development and a better understanding of who I am as an actor.
Ami Martino, Actor working with Bobby Holder
During the fast paced pilot season, Paula really helped me find a way to connect to the material that was thrown at me at a moments notice. In addition, Paula’s improv experience is invaluable.
Elaine Marco, Actress, Dancer, A Chorus Line
Paula is wonderful to work with and has helped me a great deal with my Acting work in the US. She is a natural Director and brings out the best performances in her Actors. The Spiral Studio is an exciting and innovative space to work.
Fiona Aldridge, Actor
The idea that good things come in small packages has never been more true then when it is applied to Paula Riley’s Spiral Theatre Studio. I had the pleasure of working with Paula this summer on Martin Halpern’s play No Moves Back and so enjoyed the whole undertaking. She is a knowledgeable professional committed to providing a meaningful theatrical experience for both artist and audience. And, with limited resources she was nonetheless able to achieve remarkable results. Her goal of serving the too often neglected “seasoned citizens” audience is important and she does it with style and grace.
William Shuman, Actor/Playwright
Cheers for The Spiral Theatre Studio —dedicated to plays featuring the Salt & Pepper and beyond generations. Cheers for The Spiral Theatre Studio —for its minimal sets, costumes and props that enhance the play, the actor and the audience’s experience. Looking forward to acting once again with the company in future productions.
Vivian Meisner, Actor
It has been such a delight and pleasure to be affiliated with The Spiral Theatre Studio since its inception. Rarely do you find a combination of inspiration, dedication and perspiration all in the name of creating a fertile ground for discovery and brilliant theatre. Paula J Riley brings a passion and undying fortitude that is refreshing and downright exhilarating. I have had the opportunity to perform in a number of shows at The Spiral Theatre Studio. The creating of illusion is so pronounced, with the different staging and profound messages of the chosen pieces, that the audience gets swept up in the energy and transported along with the cast, to new destinations. Audience members (and the actors) always leave with a sense of wonder and “food for thought”. The Spiral is fun, eclectic, creative, nurturing and thrilling.
Stuart Aion, Actor, Playwright