Aylwyn M. Walsh (University of Leeds)

Aylwyn is 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 Converge with participants referred by mental health services in Leeds. Her book Prison Cultures, maps performance, resistance and  desire in women’s prisons (Intellect, 2019).

 Some of her publications have been about protest in Qualitative InquiryCultural Studies  Critical MethodologiesJournal of Arts and Communities. She has also published about arts and health Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance as well as feminist criminology, prison and performance in LiminalitiesCrime, Media, Culture; Contemporary Theatre Review; Prison Service Journal. She co-edited Remapping ‘Crisis’: A Guide to Athens (Zero Books, 2014).

She is co-investigator in two participatory research projects related to engaging people around mobilisation, land and advocacy. Ilizwi Lenyaniso Lomhlaba is a CTS phase 2 project (Eastern Cape, South Africa) and Performing Change: Activating change on environmental governance through performance-based methods (Mexico).

She has a PhD from Northampton, an MA from Goldsmiths College University of London, and BA(Hons) from Rhodes University. She has performed in the Berlin Biennale, The National Arts festival in South Africa as well as Istanbul’s ‘A Corner of the World’ festival. She has directed work at Contact Theatre (Manchester), the National Theatre (London), Love Arts Festival (Leeds). She is artistic director of Ministry of Untold Stories.

Aylwyn is Principal Investigator on the Phase 2 Large Grant South Africa project ‘Imagining Otherwise: transforming spaces of community through arts education.’