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We are delighted to be able to share with you the Australian Drama Education Magazine (ADEM)— Thrive: Drama and Wellbeing 2022.

The connection between engagement in the arts and personal wellbeing has long been recognised. Drama is a pro-social artform holding an important place in building community and belonging within classrooms and other contexts. Young people are especially vulnerable to experiencing anxiety and loss of hope when living in times of rapid change, multiple global crises, and uncertain futures. The COVID-19 pandemic increased the need for connection with others, while simultaneously decreasing opportunities for face-to-face connection and the kinds of gathering required for live and located drama performances to be created and performed.

These challenging conditions have taken a toll on Drama as a subject, and yet drama has never been more needed. As we emerge from the pandemic, this is a time for drama to take its place with renewed confidence and determination: to be alive, to revive, and thrive.

For this edition of ADEM we called for articles and teaching resources that share examples of drama education practice highlighting the ways drama contributes to participant wellbeing, critical and creative thinking, and social and emotional learning. We welcomed contributions that illustrate how drama builds community and a sense of belonging, energises learning, and brings wonder and joy to participants and audiences. We know that every teacher of drama has a positive story and a worthwhile approach to share to revive and encourage colleagues, and to ensure the artform of drama and participants in drama education can thrive. We are delighted that some drama educators have responded to the call and thrown us all a lifeline.

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ADEM is published by Drama Australia annually and is free to members of Drama Australia.

Please enjoy ADEM 2022.

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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