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Dorothy Heathcote Now 2023 Conference has come to an end...

Watch out for Dorothy Heathcote Now 2024!


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. 


At the Dorothy Heathcote Now International Drama Conference 2023, we looked at the use of drama conventions in different contexts.

We are now working on a special edition of the journal Education in the North.


We are looking for articles and features that will add to the discussion. Topics might include:

  • Applications and uses of conventions in different contexts

  • How conventions draw on theatre form

  • Uses of Heathcote’s conventions in Mantle of the Expert


We anticipate that the issue will include not only academic texts, but also pieces by teachers and drama practitioners who might take a more practical approach.


Different types of submission are possible:

- Articles (up to 8000 words)

- Features (up to 4000 words)

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Submission Deadlines:

1. Expression of interest and 500-word abstract by 31 October 2023

2. Submission of manuscript by 19 January 2024.

For more details, see the Call for Papers in the PDF:


As part of the 2023 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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This website is dedicated to the work of Dorothy Heathcote


Dorothy outlined four “contexts” or “models” for active learning, using drama-based methods – with the aim of forging links between schooling and society. They are: drama used to explore people, circumstances and events; Mantle of the Expert; Rolling Role; and the Commission Model.

This website explores all four models, and provides teachers and practitioners with tools to use them in their own practice.

This website is the home of the Mantle Network, which exists to support teachers and practitioners. It offers special events, projects in schools, and coaching and mentoring. Click here to find out more about the Network, and the projects we have done in schools. To contact us, click here

You can also find information on Dorothy Heathcote and Mantle of the Expert, on the website

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