Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Performance and Cultural Industries

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Dr Aylwyn Walsh

Lecturer in Applied Theatre and Intervention

Stage@Leeds 1.10

Office hours: Thurs 11 - 1

PhD

Aylwyn works on performance and social change as researcher and applied theatre practitioner. She is predominantly interested in a feminist approach using critical ethnographic methods and her research spans social, political and activist performance; radical pedagogies and intercultural performance.

Aylwyn is programme leader of the MA in Applied Theatre & Intervention. Prior to this she was senior lecturer at the University of Lincoln’s School of Fine and Performing Arts where she headed up the Practice as Research cross-disciplinary group. She has recently worked on projects including the Arts of Logistics about the politics and poetics of infrastructures, counter-logistics and mobility. Her current project relates to Prison Cultures, mapping performance, resistance and desire in women’s prisons.

Biography

Aylwyn is a performance maker & scholar working on the arts and social change whose work is concerned with exploring interdisciplinary methodologies. Most recently, she’s developed practice-led research in women’s prisons in the UK and in Greece. Aylwyn is artistic director of Ministry of Untold Stories. Her artistic work has been hosted across Europe, including Germany, Greece, Finland, and in the USA, Brazil, as well as Zambia and South Africa. She has worked on a wide range of freelance projects as evaluator, lead artist, and has lectured in both South African and UK universities. Recent publications have included work on women in prison for Crime, Media, Culture and Contemporary Theatre Review, on arts in healthcare for the Journal for Applied Arts and Health; on street art in Journal of Arts and Communities and about violence in Cultural Studies – Critical Methodologies. She co-edited Remapping ‘Crisis’: A Guide to Athens, published by Zero Books. Her monograph Prison Cultures: Performance, Resistance, Desire is due in 2017 with Intellect.

Research Interests

Prison theatre
Borders, Migration and Refugees
Containment
Surveillance
Anti-racism & critical race studies
Radical pedagogies
Feminist criminology
Applied theatre methods
Innovative research methods
Practice as research
Queer theory

 

Teaching

PECI 1702 Performance Perspectives

PECI 2702 Researching Theatre and Performance

PECI 2703 Collaborative performance project (module leader)

PECI 3501 Independent Practice

PECI 3700 Independent Research Project

PECI 5603 Research Perspectives MA ATI (Module Leader)

PECI 5602 Critical Concepts in Applied Theatre (Module Leader)

PECI 5102 ATI Research Project

 

Prior to the role as programme leader for the MA in Applied Theatre & Interventions, Ally led undergraduate modules on Reading Performance, Improvisation & Devising, Teaching Drama, Performance in Social and Community Contexts, World Theatre and MA modules in Prisons, Punishment and Performance.

She has taught at Lincoln, Northampton, UEL and Goldsmiths in the UK and Rhodes University and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa.

Research Projects & Grants

Containers as Social Landscapes (2014 – 2015, University of Lincoln research Investment Fund)
Stand Together: Gender Based Violence Bystander Intervention (2013 – 15, University of Lincoln research Investment Fund)

Research Centres & Groups

Performer Training, Preparation and Pedagogy
Place and Performance

External Appointments

SCUDD PG subcommittee chair

PhD Thesis

Performing (for) Survival: Performance Tactics of Incarcerated Women

 

Professional Practice

One to One:
Perverted Communion (The Unison cellar, Lincoln November 2016)

Film:
Salt: a film with Fenia Kotsopoulou screened at the Athens School of Fine Art Summer festival in collaboration with Laura Corcuera, 2016.

Ministry of Untold Stories:

  • ‘Cruising utopia: A riff on longing, desire and the yet-to-come in politics and performance’ (CAPPE Brighton, Keynote Sept 2015; Ministry of Untold Stories).
  • ‘Dear TINA: We’re Sorry for the Inconvenience, but this is a Revolution’ (CAPPE conference 2014, Athens GCAS conference, 2015; extracts at University of Lincoln Critical Encounters, 2014; and in the La Pocha Nostra Workshop, Athens 2015; Ministry of Untold Stories).
  • ‘Virtues of Violence: A testimonial Performance or an Affidavit of Lies, Excuses, Justifications’ (CAPPE conference 2103; UEL 2014; Thessaloniki 2014; Istanbul 2015; Ministry of Untold Stories)
  • ‘It’s a Beautiful thing, the destruction of wor(l)ds’ (Berlin Biennale 2012; CAPPE 2012; London, 2013; Amsterdam, 2013; Leeds 2013; Loughborough 2013; Manchester 2013; Mersin, 2013; Ministry of Untold Stories)Selected Projects
  • Athens Velaxa Festival VII: Wild Sheep Chase A devised theatre performance with young Athenians, July 2010.
  • Prison Theatre, HMP Ashwell. Summer 2007 and November 2007, August 2008, December 2008. Devised workshops and performance material for 4 site specific theatre events in adult male prisons, UK.
  • City Ambassadors, Art of Regeneration Project, Royal National Theatre, London, Sept 2006 – Mar 2008. Lead Artist
  • Street Theatre – National Arts Festival, 2005, 2006. Director & Project Co-ordinator for Ex/Change – a street theatre event with Eluxolweni Shelter for Street Children.

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