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Call for Submissions: New Zealand Journal of Research in Performing Arts and Education

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Call for Submissions

Drama New Zealand and The University of Canterbury welcome submissions for the 7th issue of the New Zealand Journal of Research in Performing Arts and Education.

This journal welcomes reports of research and scholarly discussions within the broad field of performing arts and education.  It aims to be accessible and useful to both academic researchers and classroom teachers  Articles may be 4000-7000 words, and should be accompanied by a short abstract. Visual images may be included, but should be attached as separate files.  APA referencing.

Submissons are to be sent to

Professor Janinka Greenwood: janinka.greenwood@canterbury.ac.nz


Dr Tracey-Lynne Cody: t.l.cody@massey.ac.nz

by   30th June 2017


The New Zealand Journal of Research in Performing Arts and Education is an open-access peer-reviewed E-journal of University of Canterbury and Drama New Zealand


2017 Annual General Meeting




To be held at Toitu Museum, 31 Gardens Road, Dunedin

Saturday 18th March, 2017 at 4.30pm




Minutes of last meeting

Matters Arising

Presentations of Reports:



Regional Reports (To be tabled with Drama NZ by Tues 13th March)

Election of Officers:





Regional Rep Co-ordinator

Primary Rep

Executive seats x 3

Nominations for Officers close Saturday 18th March at 4pm.

In the instance of multiple nominations for specific roles or an excess of 3 Executive seats, a vote will be held with voting rights to all financial members

General Business:

Should you wish to table other items on the Agenda please notify Emma Bishop, President at dramednz@gmail.com by Monday 13th March.

2017 National Conference Scholarships Announced

Drama NZ have two scholarships available for teachers to attend the 2017 National Conference
Beginning Teacher Scholarship: available to a 1st or 2nd year Teacher
Rural Teacher Scholarship: available to any teacher in a rural area
Both scholarships are for $500 to be used towards registration, accommodation or flights.
To apply send us (dramednz@gmail.com)an expression of interest stating which scholarship, where you are working and what you are teaching and why you would benefit from gaining a scholarship
Applications close Jan 23rd

Registrations open for 2017 National Conference

Register now for the 2017 Drama NZ National Conference - click here


2017 Conference Accommodation Options

Wondering where to stay in Dunedin - click here for a few options including a great deal from Scenic Circle.

There is also always AirBnb as well

IDEA Newsletter

Check out the Oct IDEA (International Drama in Education Assocaition) Newsletter


International Drama Theatre Education Day 2016




Dear IDEA members

I write again to bring to your attention the International Drama/Theatre and Education Day 2016. Each year IDEA celebrates our work on November 27.


The theme for 2016 is Drama/Theatre Education for Sustainability.

This deliberately links our work with UNESCO Sustainable Development Goals (http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/education/). This theme also connects with the World Alliance for Arts Education Summit to be held in Hangzhou, China December 2-6 2016 (http://www.waae.org.cn/en/Home/).

Through education for sustainable living, students gain knowledge, skills, and values to address the environmental and social challenges of the coming decades. They learn to think ecologically, understand the interconnectedness of human and natural systems, and develop the capacity to apply this understanding so that human communities and natural ecosystems may thrive. https://www.ecoliteracy.org/article/what-education-sustainable-living . As we in IDEA know so deeply, drama and theatre is founded on expressing and sharing human experience, interconnectedness and social challenges.

There are many models for thinking sustainability in our field. For example, you will find Drama Australia has published Acting Green Drama Australia Guidelines for sustainable drama practice and drama teaching http://www.dramaaustralia.org.au/assets/files/GreenGuide2011_final.pdf

These guidelines focus on three main ideas

TEACHING SUSTAINABILITY THROUGH DRAMA: the use of drama to explore key issues around sustainability. Drama engages students’ affectively and cognitively in learning about sustainability and enables them to imagine other creative and dramatic ways of being and becoming possible alternative futures.

SUSTAINABLE DRAMA AND THEATRE PRACTICE: how to create drama and theatre in sustainable ways.

SUSTAINABLE EDUCATION: sustaining people, communities and ecosystems; health and wellbeing and durability.


I encourage all members of IDEA to celebrate IDEA Day 2016. Attached in a digital form is the 2016 poster for IDEA Day 2016. Please share this poster to the widest possible audience.


Canterbury Scholarship Drama Workshop announcd

Sat 24th September


Students - 10am - 1pm - $40

Teachers - 10am - 3.30pm (BYO Lunch)- $25 Drama NZ members / $90 no members (incls 2016 membership)


Dunedin Term 3 Workshop

NCEA Examination and Study Prep Workshop

  • focus on keeping students engaged whilst preparing for external exams
  • external exams for all three year levels
  • scholarship

Thursday 22nd September 2016.

Location: John McGlashan College Drama Room (Basement level, Edgar Learning Centre).

Time: 3.45-6.00pm. Afternoon tea will be provided.

$20 DNZ Member / $80 non-member (incls 2016 membership)

email: dramednz@gmail.com

Canterbury Branch 2016 AGM

15 September

Court Theatre Classroom -

AGM and PATS Workshop with Chris Cheeseman and Annette Thomson

followed by a rehearsal at The Court!

See https://www.drama.org.nz/regions/canterbury/ for more information

DRAMA NZ’s 2015/16 NZ Journal of Research in Performing Arts and Education is now LIVE

The 2015/2016 Drama NZ  Research in Performing Arts and Education e-Journal is now LIVE!



Drama NZ gives thanks to our Editor Professor Janinka Greenwood from The University of Canterbury, Charles Bisley, Drama NZ Vice-President and all our amazing contributors including


Dr Tracey-Lynne Cody (Palmerston North, NZ)

Dr Molly Mullen & Rod Wills (Auckland, NZ)

Professor Janinka Greenwood (Christchurch, New Zealand)

Professor Larry O’Farrell (Canada)

Dr Jane Luton (Auckland, NZ)

Asterios Tsiaras (Peloponnese, Trípoli)

Dr Shifra Schonmann (Hafia, Israel)

Dr Veronika Rodova (Czech Republic)

Drama NZ Newsletters archived…..

Catch up on past issues here  and find out whats been happening in your region.....read reviews.....and so much more!!!


2016 President’s Award Receipent

In 2015 Drama NZ introduced a new annual award called The President’s Award

This award is to recognise a person in our drama community who has given:

  • Significant long term service to Drama New Zealand, formerly known as NZADIE and drama/theatre education in New Zealand.
  • Significant service and commitment to their region – including service on association committee/boards and /or sub committees at either or both a Regional or National level.
  • A contribution to drama/theatre education at an international level.

This year’s recipient has been a part of the Arts community of New Zealand for a number of years and is a well-known face and contributor to both Drama NZ and Dance New Zealand.

She began as a teacher in Northland and went on to be an Arts Advisor in the region until these roles were disestablished.  However, since this time she has continued as an advisor in an informally capacity both within her own region and through NZ.

This person is a guru when it comes to NCEA – having been a huge part of the writing of standards, creation of resources and the realignments.  Even though she is no longer an advisor we on DramaNet always know that her advice is all knowing and to be listened too…..

I first meet this person when I was a second year teacher with first contract for Dance with NZQA.  At this time she was working in both the dance and drama area.  She often used to arrive at meetings with her own printer….always helpful and thinking further than what was the obvious.   Her contributions to discussions are always well considered and look at multiple perspectives and challenge our thinking.

This person is very loyal to DNZ and worked very hard in many capacities over the years to support the organisation and the people in it. She has served the association for a number of years as an exec member, regional rep, publications officer and from 2012-2013 was our National President.

This person has also represented the association at overseas conferences including Hong Kong in 2012.

So this is a much deserved award recognising the years of service to drama in education in NZ.  I would like you to put your hands together for the 2016 Presidents award recipient Christine Morgan.


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