BiographyPaul is an academic, researcher, author and editor, with 28 years’ experience of working in Higher Education in the UK. He originally trained as an actor at the Guildhall School in London, and worked for 13 years in stage, company and production management. In 1991 he joined the Drama Department at Goldsmiths University of London, and from 1996, spent 23 years working at Rose Bruford College of Theater and Performance. He retired from the College, as Associate Director of Research, in 2018.
He is widely published having completed books, articles and chapters for Routledge/Taylor & Francis, McFarland, Scarecrow Press, Columbia University Press and Indiana University Press, and he is currently working on a new collection of essays on Clive Barker (for Bloomsbury/Methuen) and a book about spectacular Victorian theatre (for McFarland).
He is a highly experienced speaker, having taught, lectured and presented film screenings in the UK, USA, Canada, Malta, Russia, Czech Republic and Slovakia.
He founded the journal, Stanislavski Studies in 2012, and is now its Editor-in-chief.
In collaboration with Bella Merlin, he set up the international research project and symposium, The S Word: Stanislavsky and Contemporary Theater, in 2015.
Currently, he holds three visiting professorships in the UK:
Visiting Professor, School of Performance and Cultural Industries, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures, University of Leeds (UK).
Visiting Professor, School of Arts and Creative Industries, London South Bank University.
Hon. Visiting Professor, School of Arts and Digital Industries, University of East London.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Theater history, early (pre-sound) film, opera and opera singers, Stanislavsky.
Opera, Music, Film and Theater.
Published: Jul 15, 2020
A video presentation on the book Viktor Simov: Stanislavsky's Designer, in which Paul Fryer talks about the process of creating the book and discusses Simov's contribution to the Moscow Art Theatre and the development of contemporary scenography.