We are delighted to be able to share with you past editions of the Australian Drama Education Magazine (ADEM).

ADEM is a practice-based publication for drama teachers, educators, and practitioners, published annually by Drama Australia.

The current edition of ADEM is free to members of Drama Australia. Drama Australia is the peak national body that represents and advocates on behalf of all state and territory drama education associations in Australia. All members of state and territory Drama associations are automatically members of Drama Australia.

We hope you find value in being able to access these professional resources. Please enjoy ADEM.

ADEM No18 Thrive: Drama and Wellbeing 2022 - Download Here.


Editorial – Dr Jo Raphael (Editor) and Danielle Hradsky (Associate Editor);
Drama and Wellbeing in the Australian Curriculum - Robyn Carmody, Danielle Cavanagh and Matthew Ryan;
Small Town Spooktacular Success - Erin Landles;
Building Multicultural Relationships through Drama Education Workshops - Tahnee West;
Bring the Drama! A Positive Start Initiative - Kate Ellis, Nicholas Waxman and Susan Cooper;
Drama For Enhancing the Wellbeing of International Students in a University Setting - Richard (Johnson) Sallis;
A Touchy Subject: Intimacy Training in the Drama Classroom and Skills for Life - Nicholas Waxman;
It’s So Dramatic: What New Play Chalkface Gets Very Right About Being a Teacher - Meghan Stacey and Nigel Kuan;
IDEA 2022 Drama4All: Celebrating Drama for All, Tall and Small in a changing world - Robin Pascoe ;
“I have never been in a room with so many drama teachers at the same time”: Reflections on Drama and Wellbeing After Attending the 2022 IDEA and IDIERI Conferences - Amara Jensen, Kate Ellis, Rachael Jacobs, and Danielle Hradsky ;
Tīmatanga Hōu – New Beginnings: Reflections on the Drama New Zealand National Conference - Jo Raphael, Nina Rossini, Kate Ellis and Nicholas Waxman ;
State and Territory Associations’ Year Reflections for 2022

ADEM No17 Drama and Sustainability 2021 - Download Here.


Eco-anxiety and Drama Education – Jo Raphael;
Unity in troubled times - Darcie Kane-Priestley, Emma McDonald and Julia Prestia;
Drama giving voice to sustainability through an Arts Immersion approach - Susan Chapman;
‘I wish I could fly’: A process drama based on ‘Circle’ by Jeannie Baker - Helen Sandercoe;
Learning about ecoscenography with Tanja Beer - Tanja Beer and Danielle Hradsky;
Beyond the pandemic: Seeking sustainability in online drama education - Andrew Byrne, Susan Cooper and Nick Waxman;
A continuum of drama learning: a resource to support professional conversations and planning from Foundation to Year 10 - John Nicholas Saunders, Julie Dunn and Evelyn Chapman;
Review: ‘Stand Up for Literature’ by John O’Toole and Julie Dunn - Reviewed by Joe Winston;

The Acting Green Revision: an invitation to participate - Jo Raphael and Meg Upton.

ADEM No16 Our Changing World 2020 - Download Here.

Drama in the time of COVID;
Moving drama into the digital space - Jane Simmon;
Teaching Post-COVID: Using technology to transform your Drama practice - Jodie Jurgs;
Becoming an Anti-Racist Drama Teacher - Rachael Jacobs;
Flipping the power of storytelling: Committing to anti-racist storytelling - Doug Cronin;
Puppet pandemonium: Puppet play as a tool for self-expression - Olivia Karaolis;
Stronger Together – The art of staging a musical in a professional venue - Matthew Aris;
Whale Dreaming: an approach to ‘Teaching in an Aboriginal Way - Helen Sandercoe;
Growing Trees of Hope: Three drama workshops for exploring themes of hope and resilience in difficult times - Tim Phillips.

ADEM No15 2019 - Download Here

The Australian Curriculum for the Arts – five years old - John O’Toole;
Interview with Philip Taylor - John Nicholas Saunders;
‘LA NONNA’, a show about embracing and celebrating diversity, a reconciling of Italian culture and queerness - Nina Rossini;
Speak your truth - Amy Gill;
17 – An original scriptwriting play project - Richard Graham, Abby Valenkens, Tamara Sweetman;
Nina Rossini in conversation with Make A Scene Director, Rosa Campagnaro;
The Elements of Drama: Fractured Fairy Tales and Narrative Playbuilding- Chris Montgomery.

ADEM No14 2018 - Download Here

Process Drama: A sure way to ignite student learning
- Robyn Brentnall;
Doctors in Schools Program – an interview with Professor Helen Cahill - Nina Rossina;
Interview with Kate Sulan, Artistic Director of Rawcus - Vanessa O’Neill;
Imagine the dramatic (r)evolution -
A good revolution always involves a lot of drama - John Nicolas Saunders;
Drama (r)evolving through pedagogical encounters - Associate Professor Mary Mooney;
(R)evolving in the imaginative ecology of the drama classroom - Dr Madonna Stinson;
Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander CCPs and The Arts – Approaches to Breaking Boundaries - Marie Ferguson;
A description and explanation of a character development system for young actors - Sarah Legg (Corresponding author: Robin Pascoe).

ADEM No13 Drama Ark Project 2014 - Download Here

This special edition of ADEM is based on a Drama Australia special project inviting experienced drama educators to work with the Australian Curriculum for Drama to develop curriculum for primary drama. Drama teachers from around the nation developed drama lessons and workshop ideas using the wordless story book “Mirror” by Jeannie Baker (2010). These drama lessons are presented in this edition for other teachers to adapt and use.

Drama Ark is a rich archive of resources for primary drama.


Drama Ark Project – Introduction - Madonna Stintson

Foreword - Dr Tiina Moore

The Drama Australia Primary Project - Claire Austin

Queensland Contribution -

Mirror: Cultural Diversity Through the Looking Glass - Claire Austin

Connections Reflected in the ‘Mirror’ - Claire McSwain

New South Wales Contribution -

Go Through or Look Through: An integrated program using drama as the interest/ motivating focus- Robyn Evans

Tasmanian Contribution -

Sensing Mirror: Exploring Mirror, by Jeannie Baker, through the senses - Helen Sweeney and Jo Waldon

Victorian Contribution -

Mirror: Reflections in the pre-service teachers' Drama and Dance Laboratory in a primary school - Jo Raphael

Mirror - Jeannie Baker

Mirror exercises for Drama Classes - Jo Raphael

ADEM No12 An Eight Year Retrospective 2007 - Download Here -

An Invitation to Cross the Curriculum - the possibilities for drama and cross-curricula activities - Richard Sallis;
Exploring the Deceptive Nature of the Media through Documentary Drama - Keira Louis;
Indigenous Drama In The Classroom - Maryrose Casey;

Drama Connections: A Community Theatre Project involving Kenmore State High School and Cherbourg State School -Sue Davis;
Becoming the Surgeons in the “Extreme Makeover” of Curriculum Reform - Julie Dunn;
Forging Partnerships and Building Communities: Drama at the heart of interactive learning partnerships between school students and students of Medicine and Education - Helen Cahill, Prue Wales and Dr Lena Sanci;
Throwing Out the Heavy Oak Desk: Formal Education Meets Community Cultural Development - Chris Pye;
Reconciliation Revealed: Connecting Themes of Grief and Loss through Personal and Indigenous Aesthetics - Sean Lubbers and Linda Ballin.

ADEM No11 2006 - Download Here - Contents:

An Invitation to Cross the Curriculum - the possibilities for drama and cross-curricula activities - Richard Sallis;
Doing Serious Stuff - Sophie Hart;
Drama Gets You Thinking - Richard Sallis and Jane Bird;
Working Emus - Zoe Grafton;
Tiddalick: The Frog Who Caused a Flood - Monique Comino and Danielle Pepper;
The World Beyond My Window - Alicia Harris and Kaila Baisden;
If These Trees Could Talk - Sue Davis;
When Cultures Collide - Lizette Stevenson and Claire McSwain;
"The Chaotic Mind": A Descent Expressionist Theatre - Tanya Neilsen and Ben Dervish Ali.

ADEM No10 2005 - Download Here

Indigenous Drama In The Classroom - Dr Maryrose Casey;
Finding The Ties That Bind - Andrea Butt;
Kite Theatre And Education For Reconciliation - Jane Carpenter and Kath Fisher;
Lost, Stolen Or Strayed: The Plight Of Children In Australia's History - Joan Cassidy;
The Rabbits - Exploring Issues Of Indigenous Identity And Colonisation - Sandra Gattenhof and Josephine Wise;
Drama Connections: A Community Theatre Project Involving Kenmore State High School And Cherbourg State School - Sue Davis.

ADEM No9 2004 - Download Here -

Becoming the Surgeons in the "Extreme Makeover" of Curriculum Reform - Julie Dunn;
Forging Partnerships and Building Communities - Prue Wales, Helen Cahill, Leni Sanci;
Embarrassment is Temporary: Role-Modeling, Personal Monologues, and Reality Drama as Innovative Curriculum - David Young;
XL-D 2003 (Article and images) - Sharon Hogan and Kylie Readman;
Rip. Mix. Burn. - Kylie Readman;
Contact - Josephine Wise;
The Founding of a City-State: Developing Citizenship Through Drama - Susan Spence-Campbell;
Kite Theatre & Making Connections - Jane Carpenter;
WORDPLAY: Drama, Literacy and Philosophy Programme® - Josephine Fantasia;
Going Bush - Jane Daley O'Dea.

ADEM No8. 2003 - Download Here -


Throwing Out the Heavy Oak Desk – Formal Education Meets Community Cultural Development - Chris Pye, Qld

COMING HOME Drama Australia National Conference – Drama Queensland

Defining the State of our Arts: Building Regional Partnerships – Janet McDonald, Qld

Artist in Schools - Enhancing the Artistry of Drama Education - Richard Sallis, Vic

Regional Partnerships: Connecting the Communities of the Central Highlands and Coalfields - Mitchell Holmes, Qld

The Real Life Classroom – Tracey O'Conner & Pat Donnelly, Qld

Group-Devising Issues Based Drama: The Back From Nowhere Project – Bridget Mary Aichison, Wesley Institute for Ministry & the Arts, NSW

Culture and Identity – Tracey gan, Qld

Affirming Community Histories: Sandy Gallop Dances with the Moon - Mary Ann Hunter & Sue Rider, Qld

Reconciliation Revealed – Sean Lubbers & Linda Ballin, Qld

Drama as Community Building: 'Lest We Forget', Collaboratively Creating Remembrance Day / Veterans Day Assembly Production – David L. Young, Canada

Drama Australia Monographs

At Any Given Time - An Interview with Roger Hill – Sandra Gattenhof, Qld

ADEM No7. 2002 - Download Here -


Framing Article – Building our Futures Drama and Social Education Ellen Appleby, Queensland

Two Significant Teaching Units to Enhance Drama and Social EducationDavid L. Young, British Columbia, Canada

“Well, Bully to You Too!”Karen Rimmington, Queensland

Fox: Story, Drama and Archetypal ThemesKate Donelan & Noel Jordan, Victoria

Playbuilding as a Process to Explore the Issue of Bullying Julie Porteous, Tasmania

“Is it Ever Okay to Break the Law?“Rebecca Foster, Queensland

Defining Moments: An Approach to Bullying through the Drama ClassHelen Cahill, Victoria

Drama at the Centre of Learning – Tiina Moore & Geraldine Peters, Victoria

You Can’t Stop Progress! Or Can You?Michael Boyle, Queensland

Australia Youth Culture and Sexuality with BLACKROCK as a Pre-textJosephine Wise & Stephen Mathais, Queensland

“It Feels Like …” Jane Daley, Queensland

“Shakespeare in the Block Corner or Boys Will Be Boys? Exploring Masculinity and Violence”Barbara Blackburn & Beryl Chalk, Western Australia

Different From Me: Waving the Banner for Diversity in Far North Queensland Chris Pye, Queensland

The Inscribed BodyEmma Bacon & Beryl Chalk, Western Australia

ESCAPE: Drama Australia 2002 Conference


ADEM No6. 2001 - Download Here -


Framing Article – Drama and Technology: Promises, Wishes and Dares Robin Pascoe

The Blair Witch ProjectTim Walker & Basil Psanoudakis

Does the Use of Multimedia Technology have any Relevance to the Drama Teacher Hilary Bland

Information Technology in the Drama Classroom: A Beginners GuideKym Andrews

Seeing is Believing Dr Josey Fantasia

The Internet and Theatre StylesJustin Cash

Is There Life After Year 9 Sewing?Maggie Young

ADEM No5. 2000 - Download Here -


Framing Article - 'Intrinsically purposeful, flexible and dynamic': Literacy and Drama Jennifer Simons

Enhancing Critical Literacy through Drama: The Dragon of Mith and the Dragon of Wantville - A Process Drama Julie Porteus

‘The Journey Home is the Only Journey' Beryl Chalk

The Mask and Literacy: A Primary Focus Barbara Blackburn

'I am the Sun Raising its Shine' Kerry Gillies

Using Drama to Enhance Phonological Awareness Dr Margery Hertzberg

Puppetry and the Early Childhood Classroom Jenny Jayatilika

Ancient Civilisations and Collaborative Learning Skills, Year 7 Mary Craen

'Brick Walls, Quick Thinking and Courage’: Shakespeare in the Primary Classroom Vanessa Hince

Stolen Lives Patrick Donnelly

The Sovereign Hill Experience Geraldine Peters

Pigs Can Fly Deborah Ruellan & Madonna Stinson

ADEM No4. 1998 - Download Here -


Editorial – Pushing the ImaginationChristine Comans


Positioning Drama in the Arts Norah Morgan

Another Place, Another Time: Leading a workshop at IDEA ’98, Kenya Kate Donelan


Using Drama to Promote Critical Literacy in the Primary Classroom Jenny Simons and Dr. Robyn Ewing

The Dark and Other Scary Things Sandra Gattenhof

Making a Drama Out of A Crisis: Using Teacher in Role to Examine a Moral Dilemma Steve Ball

Maddy's Story: A Process Drama Drama Sue Davis

Are We Racist? Exploring Australian, Community and Personal Attitudes Through Drama Sean Lubbers

Archetypes and Stereotypes David Wright

Medieval Theatre Shay Ryan


Annual Association Reports