Woman in a colourful blanket
Picture by Timothy Eberly

Journal Articles

  • Beadle-Brown, J. et al (2017), ‘Imagining Autism: Feasibility of a Drama-Based Intervention on the Social, Communicative and Imaginative Behaviour of Children with Autism.’ Autism: International Journal of Research and Practice.
  • Trimingham, M. & N. Shaughnessy  (2016) Material Voices: Intermediality and Autism, ’Research in Drama Education: the Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 21.3, 2016, 293-308
  • Trimingham, M. & N. Shaughnessy  (2017) ‘Imagining the ecology of autism’, Applied Theatre Crossings (ATC)- an annual Journal in Chinese and English 

Chapters in Books

  • Shaughnessy, N. (2017) ’Do You See What I See? Arts, Science and Evidence in Autism Research’ in Reason, M.& N. Rowe, Applied Practice: Evidence and Impact in Theatre, Music and Art. London Bloomsbury: Methuen
  • Shaughnessy, N. (2017) ‘Opening Minds: the Arts and Developmental Psychopathology’, in D. Williams and L. Centifanti (eds) Wiley Handbook of Developmental Psychopathology, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell
  • Shaughnessy, N. and M. Trimingham (2016). ‘Autism in the Wild: Bridging the Gap between Experiment and Experience’, in P. Garrett (ed.), The Cognitive Humanities: Embodied Mind in Literature and Culture. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Shaughnessy, N. (2016b) ‘Curious Incidents? Pretend Play, Presence and Performance Pedagogies in Encounters with Autism’, in P. Smagorinsky (ed.), Creating Positive Social Updrafts through Play and Performance: Fostering Creativity and Community among Autism-Spectrum Youth, New York: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Shaughnessy, N. (2016a) ‘Valuing Performance: Purposes at Play in Participatory Theatre Practice’, in D. J. Elliott, M. Silverman and W. Bowman (eds), Artistic Citizenship: Artistry, Social Responsibility and Ethical Praxis, New York: Oxford University Press
  • Trimingham, M. ( 2017) ‘The ecology of Autism: vibrant space in Imagining Autism’ in Scenography expanded: contemporary perspectives on performance design. ed. by Joslin McKinney and Scott Palmer
  • Trimingham, M.  (2017) ‘Surprised by Beauty: Imagining Autism’ in Anthropology and Beauty: From Aesthetics to Creativity ed by Stephanie Bunn, Informa Ltd., London
  •  Trimingham M. (2013) ‘Touched by Meaning: Haptic Affect in Autism’ in Affective Performance and Cognitive Science, Body, Brain and Being ed. Nicola Shaughnessy London: Bloomsbury, pp.229-240


  • ‘Beautiful Otherness and Conceptual Neuroaesthetics: materialising atypical imaginations through experiments in performance’ for Cognitive Futures in the Humanities Conference, University of Durham, 24-26 April.
  • ‘Feeling Different: Interacting with Autism and Affective Neuroscience through Performance and Film’  for Performing Science: Dialogues across Cultures, University of Lincoln, 23-25 April 2014.
  • ‘Embodying Other Minds: engaging with autism through participatory performance’. Keynote symposium, Embodied Cognition, Acting and Performance, University of Goldsmiths, 2 April 2014.
  • Participation in the IFTR (International Federation for Theatre Research). Paper ‘Performance Impacts: Values, Aesthetics, and Non-Aesthetics in encounters with Science’. Paper and Open Mic presentation, ‘The World turned upside down: training practitioners in Imagining Autism’. Open Mic presentation, ‘Imagining Autism: Now I see the World’.