Broderick Chow

This is my personal website. I am an academic and theatre artist. I was a former stand-up comedian and actor. I blog on this site about politics, culture, philosophy, theatre and music. All opinions mine, not my employer. Some opinions are other people’s, but they are properly cited. 


I am currently Lecturer in Theatre at Brunel University, where I teach theatre history (20th century); cultural materialism and reading theatre through social, political and economic change; playwriting; and musical theatre history, analysis and performance.

My research mainly concerns the intersections of performance practices, politics, ethics, and industrial change, especially in the world of work. I am interested in how performance responds to our current moment of crisis and precarity. I’ve written articles and presented papers on professional wrestling, parkour (free-running), actor training, and street protest. In my current research I’m interested in the intersection of performance and sport, and I’m currently preparing an ethnographic (and historical) project and monograph on masculinity, the fitness industry, and the neo-liberalization of work.

Another strand of my research is ‘performance philosophy’ and I am co-editing a collection entitled Žižek and Performance, which is forthcoming with Palgrave 2014.


With my collaborator Tom Wells, I perform as part of Dangerologists – a dance and physical theatre duo. Our performance Work Songs has been seen in London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Leeds, Germany, with shows upcoming as well in Brighton. Click here for more information.

My University Profile: Click Here

Broderick Chow at Academia.Edu: Click Here

1 comment
  1. Angus Charlton said:

    Loved your performance today (work song). Reinspired to do creative stuff in my own field of performance. Hope you can make it out to Australia some time. All the best, angus.

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