Carolyn Defrin

Directing, Choreography, Writing

+44 (0) 79642 65224 



Creator, Remembering the Future, London Festival of Architecture 2017

Director, creator Missing workshop The House Theatre of Chicago 2016

Director, creator,The Balloon, Battersea Arts Center “Freshly Scratched”  “Hack The Barbican” Chelsea Theatre, The Yard  Theatre, London 2013-14
Co-Director, Co-creator, All our Sublime  Platform Theatre, London 2014

Choreographer, The Geroge and Hazel Show, Battersea Arts Center "Freshly Scratched", 2013

Choreographer, Study for a Shadow, Platform Theatre 2013

Co-Director, Unstable, Rabbit Hole, Embros Theatre, Athens; Platform Theatre, London, 2013

Co-creator/designer Runner, Port of Piraeus, Athens, Greece 2013

Assistant Director, Handbag, dir. Geraldine Pilgrim, Royal Pavilion, Brighton, People’s Palace Theatre, London  2013

Co-creator, The Golden Hour, Columbia University, New York 2011

Assistant Director, To Kill A Mockingbird, dir. Hallie Gordon Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago 2010

Director, Pinocchio, Bradley University, Peoria 2009

Choreographer, Twice Told dir. Chloe Johnston, Northwestern University, Evanston 2009

Choreographer, Archangels Don’t Play Pinball, North Park University, Chicago 2008

Choreographer, Purity Tank St. Ann’s Warehouse Puppet Labapalooza, New York 2007 

Co-creator, From Nothing, Redmoon Theatre, Chicago 2005




Writer, The Balloon, Battersea Arts Center “Freshly Scratched”  “Hack The Barbican” Chelsea Theatre, The Yard  Theatre, London 2013-14

Writer Unstable, Rabbit Hole Theatre, Embros Theatre, Athens, Greece 2013

Co-writer, producer The Monster Weekly, 2013-2014

Co-writer Susan Confused and Curly Q, forthcoming interactive app with Storypanda, 2015





Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design; London

MA Performance, Design and Practice (Distinction) 2014


Northwestern University; Evanston, IL

BA Drama, 2000


British American Drama Academy; London

Acting Certificate 1999


Additional Training

Natalie Abrahami "Adapting non-fiction for the stage" Young Vic Theatre                                                                                             

Douglas O'Connell "Interdisciplinarity and Projected Media" World Stage Design Conference, Wales 
Wildworks, National Theatre of Scotland, Quarantine "The Intimate in the Epic: participatory, visual theatre" Wales

Philippe Gaulier: “Clown,” “Le Jeu” Paris                                                                                            

Lecoq LEM: “The Masked Body,” Pascale Lecoq, Jos Houben; Paris         

Théatre de Complicité Workshops: Lilo Baur, Mick Barnfather, Richard Katz London/Greece/London                             

Collaborative Arts Lab, Columbia University, New York: Gideon Lester, David Levine                          

Lynda Barry: ‘Writing the Unthinkable’ Indiana University Writing Conference                                      

Voice and Singing Training for Performance: Gigi Buffington, Doug Peck                                                          

Chicago Shakespeare First Folio Workshop: Larry Yando                                                                               

Sojourn Theatre workshops on Community/Issue Based Theatre: Michael Rohd                                               

500 Clown Physical Theatre: Molly Brennan, Paul Kalina


Awards and Recognition

Disney's Pervasive Gaming Award, NEM Arts Hackathon, 2013

Chicago CAAP (Community Arts Assistant Program) Recipient 2009, 2012

Joseph Jefferson Award, Best Ensemble, The Sparrow, 2007           




Member, Young Vic Director's Network, since 2013

Member, Actor's Equity Association (US), since 2010

Founding member, The House Theatre of Chicago, since 2001