Paul Christie

Course Director

School of Digital, Technologies and Arts

I trained on the BA Acting Degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland before going on to work extensively as a professional actor for ten years performing across theatre, television and radio. Following this I undertook a further years training as a theatre director at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art before going on to work as a freelance director and lecturer.

I have combined directing with the teaching of acting for several years and am committed to exploring and deepening the experiential nature of the craft of acting alongside the development of a more collaborative relationship between actor and director in the rehearsal room.

Professional memberships and activities

Fellow of the HEA

Academic qualifications

BA Acting (RCS)
Dip Directing (RADA)
PGCHPE (Staffordshire University)


Acting and Directing
Experiential Rehearsal Methods

Research interests

Acting and Directing with a particular emphasis on the work of Nikolai Demidov and experiential rehearsal and actor training methods.
Selected Publications
The What Happened of Experience, Stanislavski Studies, 2015
How for the Hands, Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, 2018

Enterprise and commercial interests

As a producer I founded a small scale touring theatre company in Scotland with which I produced three shows receiving Arts Council and Lottery funding. I have also produced and directed for film.


The Russian Connection Production
Explorations in Acting
Staging the Classics
Heightened Text
Play Production
Applied Theatre

Top 250 Young University

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Top 15 for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020