Mary Carr was born in Chesterfield,
is married to Edwin Hunt and has three daughters.

During my school years, I was given the opportunity of work experience as Assistant Stage Manager and small parts at The Pomegranate Theatre in Chesterfield, then called Chesterfield Civic Theatre,and a weekly repertory theatre.

I went to Chesterfield St. Helena School and after leaving went on to study Drama as my specialist subject at Bretton Hall College of Education in Wakefield. After graduating from Bretton Hall, I began teaching Drama and English at Secondary level in Chesterfield. Two years later, I was Head of Lower School Drama at Westfield Comprehensive School, in Sheffield. After marrying Edwin Hunt and having three children I ceased teaching in schools and went freelance — teaching Drama Workshops to both children and adults in a wide range of venues.

In 1986 calling myself ‘The Travelling Storyteller’, I began writing plays for children acting all the characters herself in costume”. I eventually had 32 plays in her current repertoire for children aged 3-7 years and 7-16 years, and toured extensively throughout the year. Some years later the work had developed to include workshops and courses for adults and students so I founded Action Arts, a drama based arts organisation.