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 education, as well as for drama practitioners in other contexts.

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

2022 Call for Contributions

2022 Themed Edition: Drama and Wellbeing

The connection between engagement in the arts and personal wellbeing have 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 recent pandemic has 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. This is a time for drama to take its place with renewed confidence and determination: to be alive, revive, and thrive.

This edition of ADEM invites 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 welcome contributions that illustrate how drama can build community and a sense of belonging, energise learning and bring wonder and joy to participants and audiences. We feel sure 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.

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 contact the editor:

Editor: Jo Raphael

Co-editor: Danielle Hradsky

Contributions should be sent by email by 1st September 2022

Guidelines for Contributions

Benefits of Contributing to ADEM

When you make a quality contribution to ADEM you are showing leadership and professional engagement with colleagues in drama education at a national level. Publication in ADEM can provide evidence towards being a proficient, highly accomplished, or leading teacher. In particular, having your work published indicates a contribution towards the AITSL Australian Professional standards for Teachers, in particular standards 2.1, 6.3, and 7.4.

Contributions should be small or medium length (1000-2500 words) articles in accessible formats and may include:

• Unit outlines & lesson/workshop ideas

• Interviews

• Transcripts of keynotes or special presentations

• Practical classroom and drama education strategies

• Reflective articles that outline successful projects undertaken

• Industry based experiences that can stimulate inventive exploration

• Reviews of shows – professional, amateur, and school-based performances

• Reviews of publications, articles related to drama education

• Other – please contact the editors if you’d like to discuss an alternative

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:

Jo Raphael at

Danielle Hradsky