Senior Lecturer in performance, Edge Hill University

Barnaby King is a senior lecturer in performance at Edge Hill University. He is a performer, scholar and teacher with a special interest in clowning, comedy, circus and popular performance.

His recent publications in journals such as Theatre Topics, Comedy Studies and Kritika Kultura, cover topics such as the relationship between clowning and neoliberalism in South America and the use of practice-as-research methodologies in performance studies scholarship.

He is currently working on a book to be published by Bloomsbury in 2016 entitled, Contemporary Clowning as Social Performance in Colombia: Ridicule and Resistance. This is an extensive adaptation of his PhD thesis, completed in 2013 at Northwestern University, which explored the social and political dimensions of clowning practices in Colombia.

He regularly performs in and directs his own work and he is founder and director of the Clownencuentro Internacional, a foundation based in Colombia that promotes learning, training and research in the field of clowning, particularly focusing on Latin America.

Prior to his life in the academy, Barnaby worked as a professional performer and director, firstly as associate director of the Theatre Company Blah Blah Blah in Leeds, devising and delivering theatre for young audiences, and latterly as a freelance artist, touring his own solo clown work.


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    Senior Lecturer in performance, Edge Hill University