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Carolyn Defrin is an artist, researcher and facilitator 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. With a practice that is rooted in creative conversations about socially relevant content, her work has focused on women’s empowerment, community cohesion, migration, identity politics and climate change. Often using audio-recordings of these conversations in her practice, she makes work that aims to illuminate, activate and humanise these issues through expressive and poetic means. Her work has been presented and/or commissioned by The Barbican, The Yard, Ovalhouse, The Albany, performing.borders, LADA, Westfield Shopping Centre, Borough Road Gallery and Camden People's Theatre. Outside of the UK, she has created and presented work in the US, Germany, Greece, Iceland and Tanzania.
She holds a PhD in co-creating culture and policy from London South Bank University and an MA in performance design from Central Saint Martins. She is also co-founder of Kissing Project- a multimedia storytelling platform that celebrates diverse humanity through audio-recorded stories that begin with a kiss.
2021 Third Nature: Embodiment of borders and thinking beyond: Surviving despite capitalism, Dr. Elena Marchevska, Dr. Carolyn Defrin, Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices (forthcoming)
2021 Project Finding Home catalogue
2021 Intra-vulnerabilities: An artistic strategy for co-creating culture and policy with communities, artists and funders, London South Bank University
2019 The Spy in the Stalls, Kissing Rebellion, a very special piece of theatre
2009 Carolyn in the City, Timeout Chicago