After a career as a professional lighting technician and designer, Nick started teaching at Rose Bruford College, where he is now Head of the School of Design, Management and Technical Arts. Nick’s practice-based doctoral thesis ‘Repositioning the Role of the Lighting Artist in Live Theatre Performance’ investigated how the role of the theatre lighting artist might be more akin to a performer than a designer. His current research interests include: the performative potential of light; photography, light and performance; digital scenography and digital performance; the history of theatre lighting; and the roles and status of the various personnel involved in theatre-making.

Nick is a past co-convenor of the TaPRA Scenography working group in the UK, and is currently a convenor of the Scenography working group of the International Federation for Theatre Research. He is also an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media.