Aylwyn Walsh

Aylwyn Walsh is an Associate Professor of Performance and Social Change at the University of Leeds School of Performance and Cultural Industries, where she leads the MA in Applied Theatre and Intervention. She directs performance practice with participants referred by mental health services in Leeds, and runs international project with activists in South Africa. Her book Prison Cultures, maps performance, resistance and desire in women’s prisons (Intellect, 2019). She has also published her work on protest, health and arts in numerous peer reviewed international journals.

Aylwyn has performed in the Berlin Biennale, The National Arts festival in South Africa as well as Istanbul’s ‘A Corner of the World’ festival and directed work at Contact Theatre (Manchester), the National Theatre (London), Love Arts Festival (Leeds). She is a board member of TIDAL, working on climate and social justice.



In their cross-media project, Kotsopoulou & Walsh demonstrate how today’s photographic & performance practices can challenge patriarchy by referring to the history of documenting ‘deviance’ in women.


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