Mandy Carr

Course Leader, MA Dramatherapy (acting)

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Department:Department of Music and Performing Arts

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Dramatherapy

Courses taught: Dramatherapy

Mandy completed her dramatherapy training at Roehampton University. She's also a graduate of the British Association of Dramatherapists-approved Creative Arts Supervision Training.

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For the last 30 years in London, Mandy has been active as a teacher, director and performer. She has set up dramatherapy work in a variety of educational and adult mental health settings, and has facilitated a range of training workshops for therapists and teachers. She has a special interest in the use of dramatherapy to facilitate intercultural dialogue and has convened British Association of Drama Therapists' (BADth) Equality and Diversity Sub-Committee since 2007. She has presented workshops at various national and international conferences.

Currently, Mandy works as a dramatherapist with adolescents on the autism spectrum and/or with emotional difficulties in secondary education. She also runs a small private practice, offering dramatherapy and arts therapy supervision. She's registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Research interests

  • The use of dramatherapy to facilitate intercultural dialogue
  • Dramatherapy to support transition with young refugees and asylum seekers
  • Dramatherapy practice in education
  • The implications for arts therapists and clients of working in a second language
  • Arts therapies practice with high-functioning adolescents on the autism spectrum


  • BA (Hons) Modern Arts, Kingston University
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Secondary Drama and French), University of Surrey
  • RSA Diploma in Teaching English as a Second Language in Multicultural Schools, ILEA Centre for Urban Educational Studies
  • MA Dramatherapy, Roehampton University
  • Certificate in Creative Arts Supervision, Sesame, Central School of Speech and Drama

Memberships, editorial boards

  • British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth)
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Selected recent publications

Carr, M. and Andersen-Warren, M., 2012. Clinical Comment - A Research Interview: dramatherapy and cross-cultural awareness. Journal of the British Association of Dramatherapists, 34(2), pp.92-100.

Carr, M., 2012. Romeo and Juliet and Dramatic Distancing: Chaos and Anger Contained for Inner City Adolescents in Multicultural Schools. In: Leigh, L., Gersch, I., Dix, A. and Haythorne, D. (Eds.). Dramatherapy with Children, Young People and Schools: Enabling Creativity, Sociability, Communication and Learning. London: Routledge.

Carr, M. and Ramsden, E., 2009. An Exploration of Supervision in Education. In: Jones, P., and Dokter, D. (Eds.). Supervision of Dramatherapy. London: Routledge.

Carr, M., 2007. Caught in the Tension Between Child and Adult: Story in Dramatherapy for Troubled Teens. In: Mirriam-Goldberg, C. and Tallman, J. (Eds.). The Power of Words: Social and Personal Transformation through the Spoken, Written and Sung Word. Keene, New Hampshire: Transformative Language Arts Press.

Recent presentations and conferences

Carr, M. and Dokter, D., 2014. The Reflective Practitioner Conference of the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth), University of Guildford.

Carr, M. and West, C., 2013. Who is it that can tell me who I am? King Lear, Act 1, Scene 4 – ‘Lear’s shadow’, answers the fool: an exploration of the themes in King. Lear for creating mid-life rites of passage. Conference of the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth), University of Hull.

Carr, M., Dokter, D. and Lovatt, R., 2012. Working with Sacred Scripts. Conference of the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth), University of Hull at Scarborough.

Carr, M., 2011. Jewish perspectives on Bibliodrama. Bibliodrama Congress, The Royal Foundation of St Katharine, London.

Carr, M., 2011. Overcoming Barriers and Building Bridges: The arts therapies and diversity, BADth, Dragon Hall, London.

Carr, M. and Wagad, M., 2011. Effective Intercultural Home School Liaison, Department of Education, Oslo, Norway.

Carr, M. and Dokter, D., 2010. An exploration of intercultural awareness and good practice in Dramatherapy, BADth , Conway Hall, London.