Dr Broderick Chow is an artist-scholar with experience in numerous fields of the performing arts. He has been an actor, stand-up comedian, performer, writer, director and song-and-dance man. This wide-ranging approach has influenced both his research and teaching.
His work intersects with performance practice, political philosophy, and social theory. In 2010, Broderick became the first doctoral graduate of the Central School of Speech & Drama, University of London. His thesis, How to do things with jokes: relocating the political dimension of performance comedy examined his practice as a stand-up comedian in relation to larger questions of the validity of satire in the age of global capitalism.
Recent work includes an auto-ethnographic study of professional wrestling training. Broderick is currently at work on a monograph on performance, physical cultures, and precarious labour (see Research and Teaching).
Broderick is one half of Dangerologists, a male dance and physical theatre duo. Their piece Work Songs was developed with support in kind from Brunel University (see More about Broderick).
Newest selected publications
Chow, BDV. (Accepted) 'Every Little Thing He Does: Entrepreneurship and Appropriation in the Magic Mike Series'. Lateral: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association, 6 (1).Open Access Link
Chow, B., Eero, L. and Warden, C. (2016) 'Performance and Pro Wrestling'. Routledge. ISSN 10: 1138937231 ISSN 13: 9781138937239
Peterson, GT. and Chow. (2016) 'Essai (French: ‘test’, ‘attempt’, ‘trial’, ‘tryout’): Democratising Singing: Teaching Musical Theatre to a Mixed-Ability Higher Education Student Cohort'. Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, 7 (1).Open Access Link
Chow, BDV. (2015) 'A Professional Body'. Performance Research, 20 (5). pp. 30 - 41. ISSN: 1352-8165
Chow, BDV. (2014) 'Here is a Story For Me: Representation and Visibility in Miss Saigon and The Orphan of Zhao'. Contemporary Theatre Review, 24 (4). pp. 507 - 516. ISSN: 1048-6801 Open Access Link