Staff Profile: Prof. Paul Fryer, Associate Director of Research

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  • Prof. Paul Fryer, Associate Director of Research

  • Position:

    Associate Director of Research; Head of Stanislavski Centre

  • Teaching Area:

    Undergraduate dissertation supervisor across both School of Performance and School of Design, Management and Technical Arts; focus on Stanislavski, opera and film, Shakespeare, contemporary theatre.

  • Qualifications:

    PhD; MA in Drama; Associate Diploma AGSM: Acting .

  • Memberships:

    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

  • Professional Practice:

    Consultancy for DAMU Theatre Academy, Prague, Czech Republic, 2012-13.

  • External Duties:

    External examiner, BA (Hons) Drama, , University of Kingston, (2010-14);  external examiner, MA Acting/MA Theatre Directing, University of East London, (2010-12).


Professor Paul Fryer originally trained as an actor at the Guildhall School.  He holds an MA in Drama from London University and a PhD from the University of Manchester. After 13 years working as a freelance actor and in stage, company and production management, Paul joined the staff of Goldsmiths College.

Joining RBC in 1996, his responsibilities have included Senior Lecturer in Theatre, Programme Director of the MA Theatre and Performance Studies, Head of School Graduate and Professional Studies, and now as Associate Director of Research.

His research specialism is the relationship between opera, opera singers and the early film industry, and he has taught and lectured internationally: at New College Oxford, Emory University (Atlanta), Pennsylvania University (Philadelphia), George Washington University (Washington DC), Florida Atlantic University (Palm Beach), The National Film Theatre (London), The Library of Congress (Washington DC), The State Museum of Theatre and Music (St Petersburg, Russia), and in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Boston, Seattle and Toronto.


Editor, Women in the Arts in the Belle Epoque (McFarland Inc., 2012), author of introductory chapter, 'But where were the women?'; 'The life and works of Richard Wagner (1913)', in Joe and Gilman, eds, Wagner and Cinema, (Indiana University Press, 2010); editor of A Chronology of Opera Performances at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, 1860-1917 (Edwin Mellen Press, 2009, 2 vols); Curator of Stanislavski on Stage exhibition at Pushkin House, London, 2013; editor, Stanislavski Studies, ejournal, 2012 onwards.