Carolyn Defrin is an artist originally from the US, currently based in London, UK.

With an early career in Chicago theatre and community development, she worked with several ensemble theatres, schools and organisations to develop a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary practice. 

Since moving to London in 2012, she has created work across video, installation, theatre, music and dance in theatres, galleries, site-specific venues, schools and community contexts. Often working at the intersection of art and social-politics, her work focuses on listening to and expressing less heard voices.


She holds an MA in performance design from Central Saint Martins and a PhD in community art practice as policy with London South Bank University and Hammersmith United Charities. 

She is the co-founder of Kissing Project, and an original founding member of The House Theatre of Chicago.                     

Photo by Joe Mazza @Bravelux