Professor Prior, PhD is a teacher, author, researcher with a background as a professional performer, producer, director, and casting/theatrical agent. He is Professor of Learning and Teaching in the Arts in Higher Education and is based in the Faculty of Arts. He is best known for his book Teaching Actors: knowledge transfer in actor training (Intellect & University of Chicago Press) and his work in applied arts and health, particularly as the Founder and continuing Principal Editor of the Journal of Applied Arts and Health (JAAH).
He has held a range of posts throughout his career both within the theatrical profession and education, having taught at all levels of education for many years. In 2007 he was awarded a University Teaching Fellowship at the University of Northampton where he established a rigorous actor training degree and led Acting and Drama for a number of years. During his 10 years at Northampton he held a range of administrative and research posts including Acting Associate Dean, Subject Leader, Reader and Associate Professor.
Educated in Australia, Professor Prior holds a PhD from Griffith University where he studied and worked in the Centre for Applied Theatre Research which was one of the first centres of its kind in the world. Whilst at Griffith University he was a PhD scholarship holder and was also awarded a travel scholarship to further study actor training in the United Kingdom. He began his studies at Deakin University [formerly Rusden] (BEd), and The University of Melbourne (MEd - Arts Education). He completed a course in Directing at the National Institute for Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney. He also studied Voice Production and Radio at the Australian College of Entertainers. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and Member of the Australian College of Educators (MACE).
Professor Prior is a consultant to drama schools and has been involved in several significant government studies into actor training and arts provision in England, funded by the Learning & Skills Council (LSC) and the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) respectively. As an active researcher he explores a range of issues relating to learning and teaching in the Arts. He supervises a number of PhD students, and has authored and edited books, papers, articles, evaluation reports and is an internationally known figure presenting his research and keynote speaking both nationally and abroad.