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Anna Seymour is an HCPC registered Dramatherapist, clinical supervisor, theatre scholar and practitioner, and international trainer.

She teaches on the MA Dramatherapy at the University of Roehampton, Department of Psychology.

She has a background in professional theatre where she was involved in more than thirty shows as an actor or director. She appeared in the 1984 BBC BAFTA award winning film Threads. In Theatre in Education and Community Theatre, her work has encompassed projects with people of all ages and abilities. She has worked in a wide range of settings with musicians and documentary theatre makers and has facilitated workshops and training for fellow professionals on working in community settings.

As theatre practitioner she is trained in two physical theatre forms:

Biomechanics with Gennadi Bogdanov, Moscow theatre of satire beteen

Commedia Dell'Arte in the UK (with Michael chase) France (with John Rudlin) Italy (with Antonio Fava, 2011)

As a theatre scholar she has worked in the Drama departments of the Universities of Manchester, (including five practical research projects working with classical dramatic texts), Birmingham (Teaching fellow in Drama 2009-10) Hull, Huddersfield, Sheffield.

As a Dramatherapist and Clinical supervisor she has worked in the NHS, Voluntary and private sectors with a range of clients and issues. She has a particular interest and personal experience of working with adoption and attachments issues.

In the UK and internationally she has contributed to conferences and training programmes and delivered lectures, papers, workshops and masterclasses in many countries including the US, Russia, Italy, Greece, France, Poland, Croatia.

External examiner

MA Dramatherapy University of Roehampton (2008-2012)

BA (Hons) Counselling Psychotherapy, Cork Counselling Centre Training Institute, Ireland, University of Coventry, (2013-2017)


Editor Dramatherapy peer reviewed Journal of the British Association of Dramatherapists (Routledge/Taylor and Francis) 2011-

Member of Editorial Board,The Arts In Psychotherapy (Elsevier Publishers)

Founding member Editorial Advisory Board, Dramatherapy Review, Journal of the North American Dramatherapy Association (Intellect)


PhD (University of Manchester) Cert Ed.,( Institute of Education, London) BA (Hons) (University of Manchester), Pg Dip. Dramatherapy, (University of Leeds), Dip Supervision,( Institute of Action Methods, London)

Professional affiliations

Registered Arts Therapist with Health and Care Professions Council

Registered Clinical Supervisor, British Association of Dramatherapists

British Association of Dramatherapists Committee member, Training Sub Committee

Honorary member, Societa Professionale di Drammaterapia (Italian Association of Dramatherapy)

Full member British Actors' Equity Association

Consultancy work

She has advised on curriculum development, training programmes and a range of artistic and therapeutic projects examples include:

  • an artistic evaluation of the work of The Shysters, professional theatre company of learning disabled actors based at the Belgrade theatre Coventry, funded by Arts Council England, with Dr Rose Whyman, University of Birmingham (,2002)
  • External validator, Performance and Health BA (Hons) Edge Hill University(.2008)
  • consultant to the La Zebra project, Palermo Sicily, residential therapeutic performance project for adults with mental health diagnoses, incorporating Dramatherapy and Art therapy,( 2010)

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Research Output

The sublime in the everyday: how theatre crafts art out of the ordinary

Seymour, A., 2020, Psychoanalytic and Aesthetic Perspectives on the Sublime: Encountering the Sublime in Everyday Life. Gaitanidis, A. & Curk, A. (eds.).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

making meetings, memories that matter

Seymour, A., 2017, In : Drama Therapy Review. 3, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Dramatherapy, Concepts, techniques and treatment

Seymour, A. & Goodwin, C., 2016, The Oxford handbook of Medical Psychotherapies. Yakeley, J., J. J., Adshead, G. & Allison, L. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Dramatherapy and Autism

Seymour, A. & Haythorne, D., 2016, Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group. (Dramatherapy:approaches, relationships, critical ideas)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

The Dialectic in Motion- a reflective tool for arts therapists'

Seymour, A., 2016, Dimensions of reflection in the arts therapies. Hougham, R., Pitruzzella, S. & Scoble, S. (eds.). University of Plymouth Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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Anna Seymour (Participant)

3 May 2020

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The relevance of Brecht's theatre for Dramatherapy

Anna Seymour (Keynote speaker)

16 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Launch Canadian Veterans Transition Programme expansion to UK, House of Commons

Anna Seymour (Participant)

22 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

What can theatre contribute to healing?

Anna Seymour (Invited speaker)

12 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk