Dr Linden Wilkinson

BEc, DipAct, BTeach, MTeach(Research), PhD
Honorary Associate
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Education Building A35 / 307
The University of Sydney

Linden Wilkinson combines her skills as a performer; scriptwriter and story editor for series television; teaching artist; playwright; and researcher to investigate the gaps between what is said and what is meant in personal narratives. 

The performed work created to navigate the “unsaid” therefore has the capacity to reflect and inform cultural exchanges, their intentions, and their capacity for change.

Influenced by her own experience as an artist and researcher, Linden’s particular interest is in the evolving role of participants and their shift in identities, increase in confidence and empowerment as a group, when part of an arts-based project process.

Linden is currently a teaching artist with Sydney Theatre Company’s Education team. 

  • Member, Board of Moogahlin Performing Arts (2017–2020)
  • Member, Arts Health Network (NSW & ACT)
  • Member, Sydney Social Sciences & Humanities Advance Research Centre (SSSHARC), The University of Sydney
  • Member of the Editorial Committee, Currency House Press
  • Member, Research-based Theatre Network, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Member, Creativity Research, Engaging the Arts and Transforming Education (CREATE Research Centre), The University of Sydney

  • Wilkinson, L. (2016) Today We’re Alive: generating performance in a cross-cultural context, an Australian experience. Newcastle Upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Publishing. (published PhD thesis).

Book chapters
  • Wilkinson, L. (2018). "Inside Our Islands: Confronting the Colonized Muse in the Decolonizing Performance Space", in Stacy Holman Jones & Marc Pruyn (Eds.), Creative Selves/Creative Cultures: critical autoethnography, performance, and pedagogy (pp. 153-168). Palgrave Macmillan: Cham.
  • Wilkinson, L. (2015). "Working together: Collaborative journeys in cross-cultural research and performance", in Peter O'Connor & Michael Anderson (Eds.), Applied Theatre: Research: Radical departures (pp. 171-206). Bloomsbury: London. DOI: 10.5040/9781472513489
  • Wilkinson, L. (2014). "Shafts of light: Stepping out of history's shadow", in Robyn A. Ewing & Ardra L. Cole (Eds.), Performing scholartistry (pp. 298-323). Backalong Books: Nova Scotia.

Journal articles
  • Wilkinson, L. (2014). "In Praise of Anxiety in the Field", Journal of Artistic and Creative Education, 8(1), 90-114.

Other research outputs
  • Wilkinson, L. (2019) Stroke Stories. ABC’s Compass series (Television series program - writer)
  • Anderson, M. & Wilkinson, L. (2015). "Scriptwriting as Creative Writing Research II | Artistry and academia: Adventures on the other side of orthodoxy". TEXT Special Issue 29: Scriptwriting as Creative Writing Research II. Number 29, April 2015
  • Wilkinson, L. (2014). Today We're Alive: Stories from the Memorial to the Myall Creek Massacre. Playlab: Brisbane

A Day in December (Masters performance ethnography – an exploration of story and long-term trauma)

Today We’re Alive (Doctoral performance ethnography – an exploration of racism and intergenerational trauma)

My Mind’s I (performance ethnography with Stroke Survivors)