Faculty of Education and Arts

Associate Professor Kim Durban

Position: Senior Lecturer Performing Arts
Location: Camp Street, Old Law Courts Building SO 419
Phone: 5327 8644
Email: k.durban@federation.edu.au


  • PhD Candidate - La Trobe University
  • Master of Dramatic Art-( Direction) (by Research) First Class Honours - VCA School of Drama
  • Diploma of Arts (Dramatic Arts - Direction)- Three years - VCA School of Drama
  • Bachelor of Education - South Australian College of the Arts and Education
  • Diploma of Teaching - South Australian College of the Arts and Education


Program Co-ordinator Acting Program all courses especially 2012 Third Year program-ACTPF3001, 3002, 3003, 3004, and 3005
MTPRF 3002; and PAMTA 2004


Kim Durban initially trained as a teacher in South Australia, then as a director at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. Over the last twenty five years she has built a strong reputation as a theatre director of both new work and classic texts. Her original work Alice Arden was a Master of Dramatic Art – Direction (by Research) production, which radically reinterpreted female representation in Arden of Faversham. She was excited to received first class honours, and, because of this work, in late 2000 she was invited to address a Directors' Forum in New York at the Public Theatre, on the topic "Expanding the Presence of Women Directors".

Other professional productions of new work include Farragut North (Red Stitch Actors Theatre), Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) and Scenes From An Execution (State Theatre Company of SA) The Conjurers, Gary's House and Good Works (Playbox), Lovechild (Queensland Theatre Company), Vincent an acapella opera (St Martin's Youth Arts Centre) Barmaids (Zootango), Pushin' Up Daisies (Southern Lights) and The Dam and After Dinner (La Mama). Productions of classic texts include Happy End, Three Sisters, The White Devil, Ghosts and King Lear (VCA), The Comedy of Errors (Zootango and Araluen Arts Centre), The Recruiting Officer (Melbourne Theatre Company) and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (St Martins Youth Arts Centre).

In 2001, Associate Professor Kim Durban was appointed Senior Lecturer and Program Co-ordinator of Performing Arts at the University of Ballarat, where her productions have included The Tempest, Murder On the Ballarat Train, The Hatpin, The Antipodes, The City Wit, Kiss Me, Kate, The White Rose, Sweet Charity, 42nd Street, Chekhov in Black and White, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Night Before The Day After Tomorrow, All's Well That Ends Well, Richard the Third, and On the Town.

As well as extensive experience teaching and directing into the Music Theatre program, she leads the BA (Acting) program. She is currently undertaking her PhD on the Caroline playwright Richard Brome at La Trobe University. Kim is a winner of the Ewa Czajor Memorial Award (1990) and has a current entry in the Who's Who of Australian Women. Her commissioned essay "Upside Down at the Bottom of The World: Taking Richard Brome's Plays to the Antipodes" appears in Richard Brome Online at http://www.hrionline.ac.uk/brome/. In 2009 she was awarded a national Australian Learning and Teaching Citation "for the vision, planning and implementation of a contemporary approach to artistic training in a regional area that has created outstanding graduate success."

Areas of expertise

Direction of new plays and classical texts; actor training; Australian Theatre.

Research interests

Women Directors, including AusStage investigation into the career and legacy of Ewa Czajor; Caroline playwright Richard Brome; Shakespeare and Renaissance playwrights; Australian Playwrights; Actor Training.


One honours student 2012


Book chapters

Book Chapter "The Lidded Box and Its Function" in McGillivray, G.(Ed)( 2011) Scrapbooks, Snapshots and Memorabilia. (Peter Lang, Switzerland)

Refereed journal articles

Article "I Love the Quality of Playing, I": Training Adventures in Ballarat" in Australasian Drama Studies, April 2010.

Article "Upside Down at the Bottom of the World: Taking Richard Brome to the Antipodes" in Richard Brome Online (http://www.hrionline.ac.uk/brome) ISBN 978-0-9557876-1-4.

Article "The Necklace Theory" University of Sydney (http://hdl.handle.net/2123/2488)

Refereed conference proceedings

2012 Australian Drama Studies Assoc "Double Vision: A Caroline Playwright Relocated Down Under" ADSA Conference "Compass Points" QUT Creative Industries, Brisbane
2011 Australian Drama Studies Assoc Panel presentation "Transformation or Reproduction?" Co-presented with Angela Campbell, Julianne Eveleigh, Adam (Gus) Powers and Wendy Rechenberg, ADSA Conference, Monash University, Melbourne
2010 Australian Theatre Forum Delegate Meat Market, Melbourne
2009 Aus Stage Symposium Delegate Adelaide
2008 Crossing Boundaries Conference "Raising Richard Brome: A Caroline Playwright from Page to Stage" University of Ballarat
2007 International Forum: Richard Brome and the Caroline Stage "Upside Down at the Bottom of the World" Royal Holloway, University of London
2006 Australian Theatre Directors Conference "The Necklace Theory" Canberra
  Shakespeare World Congress "Approaches to Character in Twelfth Night Workshop" Brisbane
  Australian Drama Studies Assoc "The Necklace Theory" ADSA Conference, Sydney
2004 Australian Drama Studies Assoc "Hearing the Picture: A Meditation on Music Theatre Complete with Tap Dancing" Co-presented with David Wyned. ADSA Conference, Wellington
2003 Australian Drama Studies Assoc "Double Cast: An ongoing experiment in the Theatrical Presentation of Women" ADSA Conference, Brisbane
2002 Arts Academy "Double Cast: An ongoing experiment in the Theatrical Presentation of Women" Breaking New Ground: Regional Research Partnerships Conference, University of Ballarat


2012 The Tempest William Shakespeare Arts Academy
 A Little Touch of Chaos James Millar and Peter Rutherford  
2010 Farragut North Beau Willimon Red Stitch Actors Theatre
 Much Ado About Nothing William Shakespeare Arts Academy
2009 Murder on the Ballarat Train Adapted from the novel by Kerry Greenwood Arts Academy
 The Hatpin James Millar and Peter Rutherford Arts Academy
2008 The Antipodes Richard Brome Ballarat Mining Exchange
2007 Anything Goes Cole Porter Arts Academy/ Her Majesty's
 The City Wit Richard Brome Arts Academy/ Royal Holloway, London
2006 Kiss Me, Kate Cole Porter Arts Academy/ Princess Theatre, Melbourne
2005 Twelfth Night William Shakespeare Arts Academy
 Sweet Charity Coleman, Fields, Simon Arts Academy/ Her Majesty's
 The White Roses Christie/ Patterson Arts Academy
2004 Goodnight Desdemona
(Good Morning Juliet)
Anne Marie Macdonald State Theatre Company of SA
 42nd Street Al Dubin/ Harry Warren Arts Academy/ Her Majesty's
2003 A Midsummer Night's Dream William Shakespeare Arts Academy
 Kiss Me, Kate Cole Porter Arts Academy/ Begonia Festival
 The Night Before the Day After Tomorrow Tony Kazepis Arts Academy Research Production
2002 Scenes from an Execution Howard Barker State Theatre Company of SA
1997 Emma: Celebrazione Graham Pitts Return season Playbox Tour
 The Three Sisters Anton Chekhov VCA Drama School
 The Conjurers Alana Valentine Playbox
 Happy End Bertolt Brech VCA Drama School, Theatreworks
1996 Gary's House Debra Oswald Playbox/ Q Theatre
 Love Child Joanna Murray-Smith Queensland Theatre Company
 Good Works Nick Enright Playbox National Tour: Adelaide, Hamilton, Hobart, Launceston, and Sydney Wharf 2
1995 Good Works Nick Enright Playbox
 The Comedy of Errors William Shakespeare Zootango Theatre Company, Hobart: Royal Botanical Gardens
1992 Wolf Tobsha Learner Playbox


Current member: Australian Women Directors Alliance
Current member: MEAA

1996 - current Peer Register, Australia Council
1992 - 2007 Courses Advisory Committee, Schools of Drama and Production - Victorian College of the Arts
2000 - 2001 Judge - Louis Esson Prize for Drama, Victorian Premier's Literary Awards
1999 - 2001 Selection Committee, Ewa Czajor Memorial Award
1996 -1998 Inaugural Artistic Directorate, Hothouse Theatre
1994 - 1999 Artistic Committee, Playbox
1995 - 1997 Board Member, St Martins Youth Arts Centre
1992 - 2000 Founding Member, Australian Women Directors Association
1988 - 1990 Drama Peer Group Advisory Panel, Arts Victoria