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This year’s Dorothy Heathcote Now conference will take place from 7-10 November at Goldsmiths, University of London


The theme of this year’s conference is agency and empowerment. This is the key to Dorothy’s work. She called for a 'complete, radical, different power-shift' in the classroom. She declared: ‘If you can't take the power-shift, get out of the kitchen.’ How can we make this shift happen, in our own praxis?


There will be workshops and presentations by Cecily O’Neill, Brian Edmiston, Tim Taylor, Bob Selderslaghs and more. More details will be available shortly, including information on how to book.


There will be opportunities this year for a limited number of academic papers and presentations. Proposals for papers/presentations are invited on the conference theme. Possible topics might include: negotiation; questioning; positioning; conventions; teaching paradigms (transmission, crucible etc.); bonding; protection; self-spectator; teaching through materials; role and frame; teacher talk & colleague talk; stewardship; social learning. Proposals of up to 500 words should be sent by 26 June to:


Dorothy Heathcote Now International Drama Conference 2024 is presented by Midland Actors Theatre and Goldsmiths, University of London, with the Mantle Network. Images from DH Now 2023.


We have formed a new monthly online Mantle Network Seminar Group, to offer guidance and training in Mantle of the Expert, and other aspects of Dorothy Heathcote’s work; and provide a support network to teachers and practitioners. The group is now fully booked; but we will be offering more opportunities for training, mentoring and support in future - watch this space! 

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This is a recording of a Network event, in which we discussed the benefits and challenges of working through Mantle. Contributors include Brian Edmiston, Iona Towler Evans, Cecily O’Neill, Vaishali Chakravarty, Richard Kieran, Lisa Hinton, David Allen, and more.  

Dorothy Heathcote was ahead of her time. Her work continues to provide models, inspiration, and challenges. Her vision of a revolution in the way we think about education seems even more urgent now than ever. 


As part of the 2023 "Dorothy Heathcote Now" conference, we ran a series of free online events.


The first featured David Montgomery, who shared his memories of working with Dorothy at New York University (see video).

The second session featured Brian Edmiston and Iona Towler-Evans, talking about "Humanizing Teaching with Dramatic Inquiry," and sharing examples from their recent practice.

In the third session, Viv Aitken and Tim Taylor discussed the realities of Mantle of the Expert around the world.

More videos from the series to follow shortly!

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Dorothy Heathcote war ihrer Zeit voraus. Ihre Arbeit bietet weiterhin Modelle, Inspiration und Herausforderungen.


Ihre Vision, unser Denken über Bildung zu revolutionieren, scheint jetzt noch dringlicher als je zuvor.

Diese Konferenz wird Vorträge und praktische Workshops kombinieren.


Es werden die verschiedenen Methoden untersucht, die sie entwickelt hat - Prozessdrama, Mantle of the Expert, Auftragsmodell, Rolling Role - und die Verbindungen zwischen ihnen.

Zu den Rednern / Moderatoren gehören: Cecily O'Neill, Luke Abbott und Brian Edmiston

Gleichzeitig mit der Konferenz wird die National Association for the Teaching of Drama eine Sonderausgabe „Dorothy Heathcote“ des Journal for Drama in Education veröffentlichen.

Diese Website ist die Heimat des Mantle Network, das Lehrer und Praktiker unterstützt.

Es bietet spezielle Veranstaltungen, Projekte in Schulen sowie Coaching und Mentoring.

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