Staff Profile

A head and shoulders shot of a smiling Nic Fryer wearing a shirt with a blazer

Dr Nic Fryer


Before joining Buckinghamshire New University in 2010, I taught in schools for 15 years. I also founded the award-winning Small Change Theatre, who have performed at leading venues in the UK including Latitude Festival, Soho Theatre, BAC, Birmingham Rep and many more. I have run workshops in a variety of settings, including schools, universities and student festivals, including for the National Theatre Connections Festival, National Student Drama Festival, Royal and Derngate Northampton, and the University of Reading.

I studied for my BA in Drama at Bristol, my MA in Theatre at Leeds and for my PhD in Theatre and Education at Warwick. My specialist areas are theatre and performance education and pedagogy, devised and experimental performance, theatre and performance philosophy and relationship of psychotherapy to theatre/performance/film.

As well as sitting on the editorial board of Research in Drama Education, I am the editor of the first collection of writings on Jacques Rancière and the relationship of his work to performance, Rancière and Performance, published as part of the Performance Philosophy series in February 2021. I was the Winner of the Excellence and Innovation in Learning and Teaching Practice by BNU Students’ Union in 2021. I was also nominated for the Academic Staff Partner of the Year by BNU Students’ Union in 2020 and 2018, and for the Excellence and Innovation in Student Learning Support Award by BNU Students’ Union in 2015. I was winner of the Most Inspirational Tutor, voted for by students, in 2013 and 2016.