Sophie S - tutor  

Sophie S
Tutor in Tooting Bec, South West London

£50.00 per hour

(10 reviews)
(10 reviews)
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About Sophie

Public Speaking, Acting and Elocution Tutor

I am a fully qualified, presentation, impact, voice, speech & drama and presentation skills coach with over nine years experience. I can offer bespoke courses to individuals and corporate executives as well as actors and actresses in TV and the theatre. My speciality is offering one to one training - either in the workplace or at my base in South West London. This approach has been developed through my early experience on the stage, on TV and latterly in bringing students from early grade LAMDA exams to Gold level in these skills. Approximately 85% of my candidates achieve Distinction. I trained in the theatre, and have a BA Hons degree in Performance Studies and a LSDE from LAMDA, as well as being a teacher of Drama, Verse and Prose.

My clients have included senior executives in the financial services industry, students and members of the senior management team of a leading GDST school in London.

Development areas

Oral language skills

• Select, structure and shape subject matter into coherent and concise speech;

• Adapt form and language appropriate to purpose, situation and audience;

Technical skills

• Build skills in vocal projection, breath control and clarity of speech; help correct any speech difficulties

• Match tonal register appropriate to purpose, environment, and audience;

• Integrate body language, notes and visual aids to support the subject matter and engage the listener.


I have a gift of instilling the confidence and enthusiasm which enables people to articulate their message with clarity and to command the attention and focus of their listeners.
Hourly rate: £50.00
Type of tutoring: In-person and Online
Your first lesson is protected by our Money Back Guarantee
Lesson cancellation: at least 24 hours notice required

Reviews and References

(10 reviews)
(10 reviews)

Public speaking with Sophie Shaw

Written by Toscanie H
I have been doing public speaking with Sophie for the last four years, and I have absolutely loved it. Sophie has been a huge help, and has taught me to develop my speech writing and delivery skills. She has helped me, in a thorough and fun way, to express myself. Public speaking has boosted my confidence immensely and I look forward to taking my Silver exam later on this year.
Public Speaking
It has boosted my confidence immensely for the future

An Incredible Teacher!

Written by Polly R
Sophie taught me LAMDA from the age of 13 through to 18. When I started with Sophie, the thought of standing in front of anybody and performing, let alone in exam conditions, terrified me. However, by working on not only my confidence, but also other areas such as diction, understanding a script in-depth, connecting to characters on multiple levels and so much more I managed to achieve a distinction in LAMDA Gold Award all whilst feeling like I was having fun and doing something I enjoyed. Sophie was amazing, she made me feeling really comfortable and most importantly, showed me what I was capable of. We looked into all areas of acting and my understanding of the process was enhanced dramatically. I have never enjoyed the process of exams (as I am sure few do) however, I must admit that I really looked forward to my lessons and exams with Sophie. Everything she taught me I have been able to carry through into my working life, as I work in production and spend a lot of my time presenting to and communicating with clients.
Thanks to Sophie, I was able to achieve multiple LAMDA grades, including (but not limited to) Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals. I was also able to use the skills that Sophie taught me in my Theatre Stud

Great confidence builder

Written by Anne C
Sophie has been coaching me to help overcome my nervousness at public speaking. I have to stand up and speak wearing a mic to several hundred people in the next few days and I really want to get my message across.

Sophie has helped with every aspect of the job in hand - posture, breathing, where to look, intonation, clarity and pacing of speech, along with some great advice on how to structure my talk - I'm a professional writer but still found I had lots to learn.

Sophie is just as great at coaching adults like me as she is with youngsters and I'm really glad I went to her.

Her long experience of teaching and expertise has been invaluable. She is warm and understanding, positive and fun to learn with. I have greatly enjoyed my time with her and my techniques are improving in leaps and bounds.
Public Speaking
I hope my talk will go off well - I'm certainly feeling much more confident. I would like to do a bit more work on this with Sophie - she was a great help.

Student Reference for Sophie Shaw

Written by Kalifa T
Sophie Shaw has taught me LAMDA for 5 years, she was an exceptional tutor and never failed in her encouragement, words of inspiration and motivation she went above and beyond to prepare and tutor me for the exams. She inspires confidence in all of her students and she has been integral to my development as a young performer and woman. She taught me grades 4,5 and Bronze, Silver and Gold.
I received a a distinction grade for each exam and even 99/100 for my Gold exam, for which I was immensely pleased.

Lamda- Acting

Written by Alexandra W
My acting lesson with Sophie Shaw were a truly amazing experience. She taught me acting for 6 years and I could not have wished for a better teacher. She was knowledgeable, patient, supportive and went the extra mile for her students. Her lessons helped my confidence grow, not just in my acting, but in myself as a person. Sophie helped me achieve a destination at gold medal yet she is not just a talented teacher, but kind and compassionate one.
I received distinctions in my Bronze, Sliver and Gold acting lamda medals.

LAMDA acting

Written by Clara Day L
Sophie has been the fundamental inspiration behind all of my dramatic work, whether that be theoretical or practical based. Her genuine devotion to the art is infectious and her knowledge and experience is second to none.
Sophie guided and nurtured me through all 8 LAMDA exams gaining a distinction in each, and these results are not only unique to me. The time and effort she puts into each of her pupils is remarkable, and I can say with great confidence that you will not find a better teacher.
Aside from her teaching, Sophie is one of the kindest and most caring people that I have ever met, and these qualities really play a huge part in her success.
I cannot recommend Sophie more highly, and I will always cherish the teaching that she gave me.
Fantastic results (distinction at every grade) and acting skills I will remember for life.

5 Years Public Speaking Tutor

Written by Saudah M
Ms. Shaw taught me for five years as part of my LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts). She was a reliable and dedicated teacher, who would give as much time as possible to allow her students to achieve their best. She was also a reliable teacher who developed good relationships with her students as a mentor as well.
Public Speaking
I passed all of my grades with distinction and have been able to apply what she has taught me as I continue through university.

Sophie Shaw

Written by Penny P
I have had to give two quite different speeches recently, to a large number of people, including royalty. As a woman in her sixties with no grounding in public speaking I was very apprehensive but Sophie was incredibly helpful, helping me with my breathing, and articulation as well as overcoming my nerves and I received high praise entirely due to her tuition. She patiently taught me how to suppress my anxiety and how best to deliver my lines. I could not recommend her more highly.
Public Speaking
I now feel much confident about public speaking and would certainly go to her again if I have to repeat the experience.

Written by Qin L

Professional confidence

Written by Jane R
Sophie helped me prepare for a professional speaking commitment at an international work conference. It was not a prospect I relished but with Sophie's skill, huge experience as well as enthusiasm and energy, I learnt how to manage pre-nerves and to convey confidence and authority. I would highly recommend Sophie as an excellent public speaking coach.
Public Speaking
Successful presentation well-received by colleagues and the experience has been repeated several times since.
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Education and Qualifications


City university London
Performance Studies


Prizes and Scholarships

LAMDA Speach and Drama in Education (Teaching qualification)

Other Qualifications

Diploma Arts Educational
BA Hons Perfromance Studies 2/1
LSDE LAMDA Speach and Drama in Education (Teaching qualification)


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