Robert Leach has worked as a journalist, school teacher, University lecturer and theatre director. He has acted professionally in USA and directed in Moscow, has taught acting at the Cumbria Institute for the Arts and taught drama at the universities of Edinburgh and Birmingham.
He is a published playwright and has adapted work for the contemporary stage. His version of the Medieval mystery plays was performed in Carlisle Cathedral in 2007 and he was responsible for creating The Lichfield Mysteries, a triennial event and one of the biggest community arts events in Europe.
He has also published several theatre theory and history books, including Makers of Modern Theatre (Routledge, 2004) and Theatre Workshop: Joan Littlewood and the Making of Modern British Theatre (UEP, 2006) which was shortlisted for the Theatre Book of the Year in 2006. The Short, Astonishing History of the National Theatre of Scotland was published in New Theatre Quarterly in summer 2007.
Three collections of his poetry have been published by Dionysia Press, Edinburgh, and his work has appeared in various anthologies and magazines. His epic travelogue in verse and prose, The Journey to Mount Kailash, about a journey through India, was published in 2010 and he is a previous Chair of the Borders Writers Forum.