Nicholas Barter graduated from Cambridge University where he directed for the Marlowe Society and the ADC, and was President of the University Actors. After working as an actor, stage manager and theatre electrician he gained an ABC Television Repertory Theatre Trainee Director's Scholarship and spent two years at the Phoenix Theatre, Leicester. He worked at Lincoln Theatre Royal as Director of Productions; at the RSC as Deputy Artistic Director of Theatregoround; at Ipswich Arts Theatre as Artistic Director; at the Arts Council of Great Britain as Assistant Drama Director. He was Artistic Director of the Unicorn Theatre for Children and the Arts Theatre, London, for ten years, where he won awards for both directing and producing. In 1988 he joined the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art as Director of the Acting Course and then Deputy Principal. He was Principal of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art from 1993 to 2007. He is currently a Guest Professor at Toho Gakuen College of Drama and Music in Tokyo. In his freelance career he has directed in the West End of London and on the Fringe. He has also directed productions at the Crucible Theatre Sheffield, the Birmingham Rep and other regional theatres; abroad he has directed in Tokyo and was Children's Theatre consultant to Los Angeles City Council and the Samuel Goldwyn Foundation.