NRYA (Nichola Rees Youth Academy)

The NRYA is award winning weekend acting and public speaking school based in Watford. Classes are run as workshops with the emphasis on Acting.

Singing and dancing are covered, but only usually around production time. Two terms a year are dedicated to workshops, the remaining term is dedicated to rehearsals for a show. For NRYA members past and present. Fan Page Rules:

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Amazing 🤩 Results for my LAMDA Public Speaking Students. The best set of results yet.


🎭The NRYA is looking for new recruits to join its Saturday LAMDA classes, held at Cassiobury Junior School in Watford.

The NRYA is an award winning acting/public speaking company that has been established since 1995.

Students have received scholarships, drama school placements and jobs in the profession.
Along with consistent outstanding LAMDA results.

Classes available are;

LAMDA Public Speaking Level 1&2 on a Saturday 9-10am.

LAMDA Public Speaking Level 3 on a Saturday 10-11am.

LAMDA Group Acting Level 1, 2 and 3 on a Saturday 11-12pm.

LAMDA Individual Acting level 2&3 on a Saturday 12-1pm.

Please get in contact [email protected] if you have further questions or are interested in a trial.🎭


Massive Well Done to Lex De Frietas for winning best young performer at the Bushey and West Herts Drama Festival. Congratulations to Leo, Lex, Layla, Daniel, Sebastian and Ellis for coming runners up in the Junior Improvisation.

Photos from NRYA (Nichola Rees Youth Academy)'s post 02/03/2024

🥇Well Done to these fantastic superstars for winning the Junior Group Improvisation shield at the Watford Speech and Drama Festival. Super proud of you all 🥇


A big Congratulations to the NRYA Public Speaking students who entered the Watford Speech & Drama Festival.
Bringing home 1st 🥇 and 3rd 🥉 place, in the Year 10-13 category and 2nd 🥈 and 3rd🥉 place, in the Year 7-9 category.


100% Distinctions with this year’s LAMDA Acting cohort.
Super proud of my pupils.😊


🍀🎭Good Luck to my wonderful Acting students who are taking their LAMDA exams today. First time for LAMDA group and duologue devising. Your commitment to each other has been impressive. Well Done. Go smash it!! 🎭🍀


Fantastic evening at the Brixton House Theatre watching Paddy Lish be part of the Frantic Assembly Ignition Team.
Devised physical theatre at it’s finest. Just beautiful.


Wednesday morning testimonial. That’s made my day 😊


🎭Today marks the NRYA’s 28th Anniversary.
28 years of great performances, exam results and wonderful students. I look forward to seeing you all next weekend.
Nichola x🎭


👊39 Distinctions for my LAMDA Public Speaking Medallists.
Great News to start the weekend with 👊


NRYA Drama Classes return on Saturday 9th September from 11-1pm. We are looking for new recruits aged 5-15 years to join this established group (based in Watford). If you know of anyone who would like to come for a trial please DM.


🌴🐠That’s a wrap for the summer term.
Well Done to all the LAMDA Public Speaking medalists for taking your exams (this weekend.)
See you in September 🏝️🐠

HOME 03/07/2023

🎭⭐️The NRYA is looking for new recruits for their September intake. Do you know any aspiring performers or public speakers- who would be interested in new opportunities? ⭐️🎭

Classes have been in operation since 1995 and offer students the opportunities to perform in annual productions, drama and speech festivals, along with taking LAMDA exams. We are called the NRYA (

The classes offered on a Saturday are:

9-10am LAMDA Public Speaking Classes for ages 5-12years.

10-11am LAMDA Public Speaking Classes for 13-18 years.

11-1pm DRAMA/Acting classes (these classes focus on acting as a skill and students are entered into festivals and participate in public productions).

1.30-2.30pm LAMDA Acting Classes (prepping students for Acting exams). All these classes take place at Cassiobury Junior School.

Recently the students have won awards at the Bushey & Herts Drama Festival and Watford Festival, along with all students being successful in their LAMDA exams.

We are currently on the look out for new students and will offer a free trial to anyone who is interested. If parents would like more information, please email on [email protected]

We look forward to hearing from you.

HOME Since 1995 Nichola has been running the NRYA. Within that time she has directed over forty productions. Her passion for the group and the pupils she teaches still continues and she prides herself with the community spirit and loyalty that her pupils show her. Nichola graduated from the Italia Conti....


To all my lovely
Entry Level - Grade 5 LAMDA Public Speaking students.
“Good Luck with today’s exams.”

HOME 12/04/2023

⭐️⭐️ We are looking for NEW students (age 5-15 years) who have an interest or passion in drama, to join our award winning drama group ⭐️⭐️

The NRYA has been in operation since September 1995 producing quality theatre, exceptional LAMDA results and sound realistic advice if your child is looking to enter the industry.

Classes involve devising, improvisation, script work, vocal and movement classes, all helped with the input of fun drama games.

Classes operate on a Saturday morning from 11-1pm at Cassiobury Junior School.

If you child is interested in performing and would like a trial please get in touch.


HOME Since 1995 Nichola has been running the NRYA. Within that time she has directed over forty productions. Her passion for the group and the pupils she teaches still continues and she prides herself with the community spirit and loyalty that her pupils show her. Nichola graduated from the Italia Conti....

Photos from NRYA (Nichola Rees Youth Academy)'s post 18/03/2023

Three awards tonight at the Bushey Drama Festival. Winner Best Junior Improvisation
Runner Up of Best Junior Improvisation
Runner Up for Jennette Behn Comedy Award
Well Done guys - you super smashed it 👍

Photos from NRYA (Nichola Rees Youth Academy)'s post 26/02/2023

Super proud of the Saturday group for participating in today’s Watford Festival winning the Joan Handley Shield as well as a Bronze medal in the School Years 13 and under category. Well Done Team 👏👏👏


Enjoying a glass - before I watch Paddy Lish at the Marylebone Theatre take to the stage in his final year at drama school. Go Padster!! Mr Rochester in Jane Eyre I’ll have you know.


Happy New Year’s Eve to all my lovely students. Thank you for your continuing support and commitment to the NRYA. Here’s to a creative and fun 2023. See you soon, Nichola x


It’s that time of year. ..
Good Luck to all my LAMDA Public Speaking and Acting students taking their exams tomorrow and next week. Super proud of your efforts.


Can’t quite believe this was published 18 years ago today!!


Saturday Drama classes return today from 11-1pm at Cassiobury Junior School, Watford.
Places are still available.

LAMDA Acting and Public Speaking courses are full as this is the term for examinations. If your interested in the January 2023 intake please message me.

The NRYA has been established since 1995 producing quality theatre, high standards and excellent LAMDA results.


Well Done to ex student AM for a successful residential week of masterclasses and performance. Your ex teacher and Mum is very proud 👏

Photos from NRYA (Nichola Rees Youth Academy)'s post 26/03/2022

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Super Delighted for the NRYA Saturday Drama Group for receiving four runners up awards at the Bushey & Oxhey Drama festival this evening. Lots of smiling, proud students - which is what it’s all about. Well Done Team ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


A big congrats to student AM for gaining a place in the NYMT - we’re super proud of you 👏


Over the past two years our students have gone on to achieve great things. Drama scholarships have been given for Berkhamsted Boys School, St Margaret’s, Royal Masonic School for Girls and Tring Park.
Along with two ex students gaining places at ALRA and London Drama Centre. We are super proud of you all.

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