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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

2018  Make More Art; An arts practice based policy for co-creating culture, Hammersmith United Charities 

2018 'Cabinet of Generosities: 'The Kissing Project'  Performance Research Journal, vol. 23, no. 6

2013 The Monster Weekly created with John Francisco and Kyle Bice

2021  The joy of cats, the power of periods and #FreeBritney, Standard Issue Podcast

2021  Carolyn Defrin Talks about 28 Days Greater, Theatre Bubble
2021  Review: 28 Days Greater at Camden People's Theatre, LouReviews

2020  Interview with PhD student, Carolyn Defrin, London South Bank University, School for the Arts and Creative Industries

2019  Kissing Rebellion, Exeunt Magazine 

2019  The Spy in the Stalls, Kissing Rebellion, a very special piece of theatre

2009  Carolyn in the City, Timeout Chicago