Dorothy Heathcote MBE
This is the only official website endorsed by Dorothy’s daughter, Marianne Heathcote Woodbridge, that is dedicated to the life and work of Dorothy Heathcote MBE. Marianne would like to encourage drama teachers and friends at home and abroad to use this website as the international meeting place where all memories of Dorothy and her work can be shared, and her practice carried forward. Please add your name to the list of those who have been affected by Dorothy.
Dorothy died aged 85 on 8th October 2011. She was a world-renowned teacher who revolutionised the use of Drama in Education during a career that spanned 60 years. Click here for her obituary.
Dorothy instinctively recognised the natural human predisposition to use drama as a means of exploring and understanding the world and of developing the fundamental life skills needed for it. With that recognition, Dorothy set herself the task of translating her vision into a classroom practice for all ages that continues to be inspirational to millions.
Her gift was in being able to touch people and give everything she knew away to those who were interested. Her legacy is that so many were interested and, standing on her shoulders, they continue the work of a genius who is for many, the greatest drama teacher of all.
Dorothy Heathcote’s Life Celebration will be held at 1pm on Sunday 11 December 2011 at The Parish Church of St. Werburgh, Church Street, Spondon, DERBY DE21 7LL. This will be followed immediately afterwards by a buffet at Spondon Methodist Church Hall, Lodge Lane North, Spondon, DERBY DE21 7GF, which is just 300 metres down the hill. Dorothy’s family actively wants everyone who attends the Life Celebration to join them at the party afterwards – but please RSVP to email@example.com so numbers attending can be catered for.
In lieu of flowers, you might like to consider a donation to the Dorothy Heathcote Drama Award at www.justgiving.com/dorothyheathcote
In advance of the Life Celebration, Marianne is very keen for many people around the world who have photographs and memories of Dorothy to mail hard copies to her, ideally with photographs labelled on the back with names/approximate dates. Many thanks.
This site is dedicated to Dorothy’s life and work. If she touched you, please go to the most appropriate page to contribute your stories, photographs and videos of this remarkable human being.