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The kissing project began in 2015 in response to the Paris terrorist attacks.


Inspired by artist Camille Moravia's social media message "il va falloir beaucoup beaucoup beaucoup d'amour" (it's going to take a lot a lot a lot of love)  long time friends and fellow artist, Abigail Boucher and Carolyn Defrin started audio-recording stories of important kisses with friends and family around dinner tables in our home cities of Paris, London and Chicago.

Listening back to the audio-recordings they understood these kisses connected to a sense of shared humanity and to a critical compassion for each other's unique and different life experiences.

The stories have gone on to inspire an original theatre production (Kissing Rebellion) and an accompanying installation (One hundred thousand kisses) with new projects currently in development.

In pursuit of  

morelove  lesshate 

the kissing project aims to
elevate our shared humanity  and celebrate our exquisite differences  one kiss at a time.


carolyn defrin, co-founder

Carolyn is an American director, writer, performer and teacher based in London. She works across theatre, installation and video exploring social relationships.


With an early career in Chicago theatre, she met Abigail performing with The House theatre (where she is a founding member.)


Current work  is focused on migration, inter-generational connection and female power. 

She has just completed a collaborative PhD about how the arts can help funders differently understand communities.

abigail boucher, co-founder

Abigail is a queer Franco-American director, teacher and performer. Working between Chicago, Los Angeles and Paris she makes work across theatre and film. She is a company member with Strawdog theatre, a founding member of 20%Theatre and has collaborated with several artists including…LA project? City of Paris gig for international women's day. 

She is a proud new mother to Léonie.

kristina feliciano, creative producer

Kristina is...

collaborative artists

Mimmo Manes, logo design

Brock Alter, video designer

Mikhail Fiksel, composer

Rosie Powell, photographer/filmmaker

Winstan Whitter, filmmaker/editor

Alesssandra Davison, photographer

Juliette Tellier, performer

Vic Wynter, performer

Patrick Andrews, performer

Matthew Rawcliffe, choreographer

Abu Ansari, performer

Oliver LeClaire, performer



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