Amanda (Mandy) Carr

DProf Scholar


In 2023, Dr Mandy Carr completed her Professional Doctorate programme offered by the Cambridge Theological Federation through its partnership with Anglia Ruskin University. Supervised by Dr Emma Harris for the Woolf Institute, along with Dr Canon Andrew Todd (for Anglia Ruskin University) and Dr Emma Ramsden (who provided consultancy for the dramatherapy aspects of the study). The research explored participants' experience of religious or belief-based aspects of their identity within dramatherapy.

Mandy is a dramatherapist, trainer and clinical supervisor. A former senior lecturer in dramatherapy at Anglia Ruskin University, she is interested in the connections between politics, religion and therapy. Her background as a Liberal Jew from Liverpool is a key factor driving her passion for widening inclusion in society. In her first career as a teacher, Mandy headed several departments of 'Ethnic Minority Achievement and English as an Additional Language' in London secondary schools. Her interest in intercultural work, has led to a range of roles which have included convening the BADth (British Association of Dramatherapists) Equality and Diversity (now Inclusion and Visibility) Sub-Committee from 2007-2018.

Edited Books and Journals

2018 Collaborations within and between Dramatherapy and Music Therapy. (with Amelia Oldfield) Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London.

2018 Dramatherapy 39, No.3 (co-edited with Ryan Valadas) Special edition focusing on the needs of LBGTQ+ clients and therapists. eds. Roulla Demetriou and Daniel Stolfi.

Peer Reviewed Articles

2018 'Dramatherapy and Religion: (Un) comfortable Bedfellows? In Honour of Dr Roger Grainger' (with Ditty Dokter) Dramatherapy 39, No.1, pp.16-28, Routledge.

2016 'Guidelines on Cultural Response/Ability in Training, Research, Practise, Supervision, Advocacy and Organizational Change' (with Sarah Bilodeau, Jessica Bleuer, Ditty Dokter, Nisha Sajnani and Patrick Tomczyk) Drama Therapy Review 2, No.1, pp.141-148, Intellect Journals, USA.

2012 'Clinical Comment - A Research Interview: Dramatherapy and Cross-cultural Awareness' (with Madeline Andersen-Warren) Journal of the British Association of Dramatherapists, 34, No. 2., pp.92-100, Routledge.

Book Chapters

2016 'Dramatherapy across Languages', Intercultural Arts Therapies Research: Issues and Methodologies, eds., Ditty Dokter and Margaret Hills De Zarate, Routledge, Oxon.

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

2009. 'An Exploration of Supervision in Education' (with Emma Ramsden), Supervision of Dramatherapy. eds., Jones, P, and Dokter, D. London: Routledge.

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

A Selection of Presentations, Workshops and Performances

October 2022 'Religion, spirituality and dramatherapy, tensions and harmonies: drama-based research', Künstlerische Therapien Spiritualität HfBK, (Arts Therapies and Spirituality Conference) Dresden, Germany.

November 2021 'Religion, spirituality and dramatherapy', British Association of Dramatherapists' Annual Conference online.

March 2021 'Religion, spirituality and psychological therapies: (un) comfortable bedfellows?', Bristol Psychotherapy Association online. 

2019 (with Ruth Knauf) Bibliodrama Workshop, European Bibliodrama Network Congress, Findhorn, Sweden.

2018 (with Roshmi Lovatt) 'The Spectrum of Positions Embedded in our Collective Psyche: Living the Experience of the Interface Between Politics, Society and Psychotherapy' PCSR (Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility), Conference: Change, Transition, Transformation, University of York St John.

2018 (with Ditty Dokter) 'What do borders mean to me? Brexit and Autobiographical Performance', 4th European Dramatherapy Conference, University of Nurtingen, Germany.

2017 'Welcome….. Question Mark?' [six women from different cultural backgrounds respond to Brexit through autobiographical theatre], Edinburgh Fringe Festival (13-19 August), Greenside Mint Studio, Edinburgh.

2015 (with Ditty Dokter) 'The Reflective Practitioner: Exploring Intercultural Connections Within and Across Borders', 36th North American Dramatherapy Association Conference, White Plains, New York, USA.

2015 'Dramatherapy Across Languages: Bilingual and Multilingual Landscapes', 13th European Arts Therapies Conference, Cultural Landscapes in Arts Therapies: Participation, Diversity and Dialogue, Palermo, Italy.

2012 (with Ditty Dokter and Roshmi Lovatt) 'Working with Sacred Scripts', Conference of the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth), University of Hull at Scarborough. 

2011 'Jewish Perspectives on Bibliodrama', Bibliodrama Congress, The Royal Foundation of St Katharine, London.

2011 'Overcoming Barriers and Building Bridges: The Arts Therapies and Diversity', BADth, Dragon Hall, London. 

2011 (with Mohiadin Wagad) 'Effective Intercultural Home School Liaison', Department of Education, Oslo, Norway.

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