Born in 1987, Emma Selwyn is a performance artist from Croydon, London. Emma has performed in various plays and musicals and since graduating in 2016 from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama with a Performance Making Diploma, has created autobiographical work. Emma’s work uses humour and satire to explore issues surrounding autism, gender and sexuality.
For the Spectrum Art Prize Emma submitted a twenty-minute performance video called ‘My Hands and Feet are Wiggling’, an upbeat and playful autobiographical piece that incorporates song and physical theatre.
“Emma’s performance could be seen as an example of a stereotypical autistic meltdown, instead she has used her ‘negative behaviour’ and turned it into a powerful, positive, civil rights performance.” - Prof. Simon Baron-Cohen
“Emma uses the stage as a basis to openly advocate for autistic people.” – Mary Simpson, CEO of Spectrum ASD