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
in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021