ADEM (Australian Drama Education Magazine)

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The Australian Drama Education Magazine (ADEM) is a free digital publication for Drama Australia members.

Statement of Purpose

ADEM is a practice-based publication for teachers in Early Childhood, Primary, Middle & Senior School, and Tertiary, as well as for drama practitioners.

ADEM aims to provide Drama educators and practitioners in all states and territories with an opportunity to publish and share articles that provide readers with interesting and useful material for their teaching, as well as to keep abreast of innovative and stimulating national and international projects.

ADEM is published once a year and provides:

• A shared journey between pre-service, early childhood, primary, secondary, and tertiary educators, and drama practitioners

• Articles from different states and territories

• National curriculum updates

• Opportunities for educators and practitioners to share their best practices

• Practical strategies to engage and enthuse new generations of learners

• Practical responses to research findings and illustrative material

2023 Themed Edition: ANTiDOTE

Our 2023 ADEM theme of Antidote mirrors the 2023 Drama Australia National Conference theme. Antidote, as a conference and as a themed edition of ADEM aims to open up space for sharing innovative drama practice and research that acts as a creative remedy for the challenging circumstances of our times.


• Explore how drama education continues to craft hope, remedy and collective insight to relieve, prevent and counteract the challenges of living in times of unprecedented crisis, inequity and change.

• Celebrate the centrality of radical creative praxis that underpins drama education. How does drama activate transformative (he)artful experiences that are vital to helping us live and learn on a damaged planet? How do we build creative agency, compassion and critical understanding? In what ways does our work strengthen the capacities and ethical imaginations of the people we work with and for?

• Examine new directions and effective methods that have been forged to meet the challenges we face: in our pasts, presents and possible futures.

• Allow us to hold space for each other, our students and our communities, to tell and stage stories that matter.

This edition of ADEM invites articles and teaching resources that share examples of drama education practice highlighting the ways drama can be an antidote. We welcome contributions from those sharing work at the Antidote conference, and from all drama educators in our community.

Guidelines for contributors are provided below and on the Drama Australia website. Past editions can be viewed on this link on the Drama Australia website.

For further questions about contributing to ADEM, please a member of the editorial team:

Dr John Nicholas Saunders: Director of ADEM and Co-Editor

Co-editor: Danielle Hradsky

Contributions should be sent by email by 31st August 2023

To access the guidelines for contributions, please click here:



When submitting a contribution you MUST also sign a release form, which can be found HERE.

For questions about contributing to ADEM, please contact a member of the editorial team at

ADEM was established in 1995 and published until 2008 as a hard copy magazine. Back copies are now available online.

Guidelines for Contributors:

The following style guide is recommended:

  • Format – word documents with headings - 800 to 2,000 words (no footnotes).
  • Referencing (Author, Date) APA 6th See referencing guide
  • Provide interesting, informative and if possible, illustrative material.
  • Use standard Australian English spelling
  • Use bold for headings and align left. One level of heading is sufficient.
  • Number pages (right bottom of page)
  • 12 Times New Roman font.
  • • Include a short bio note (approx. 50 words) for each author at the end of the article

Author Responsibilities:

  • Submitted in the style guide and carefully proof-read for errors
  • Contributions are author’s original work, with all sources properly referenced.
  • Permission obtained from all parties involved such as copyright, children’s works (including parents), photographs and images.

Drama Australia requires evidence of appropriate permission.