School of Arts

Dr Kim Durban

Senior Lecturer
Program Leader - Bachelor of Acting for Stage and Screen
Location: Camp Street Campus, Old Law Courts Building, Room C308
Study area: Performing arts
Phone: 5327 8644


PhD Candidate - La Trobe University

Master of Dramatic Art- (Direction) (by Research) First Class Honours - 2000 VCA School of Drama

Diploma of Arts (Dramatic Arts - Direction)- Three years - 1985 VCA School of Drama

Bachelor of Education - 1979 South Australian College of the Arts and Education

Diploma of Teaching - 1978 South Australian College of the Arts and Education


  • Program Leader, Bachelor of Acting for Stage and Screen
  • Teaching into Third Year Acting and Music Theatre program-PACAC 3005, PACAC 3006, PAATP 3001, PAATP 3002, PAATF 3001, PAAMS 3004


A graduate of the VCA, Kim Durban has built a strong reputation as a theatre director of both new work and classic texts.

Professional productions of new work include Oriel (Merrilee Moss, currently in development), 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 (now renamed Federation University Australia) where her productions have included Garden City Weeded (Australian Premiere), As You Like It, Ant + Cleo, A Jovial Crew (Australian premiere), The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, an original adaptation of Kerry Greenwood's Murder On the Ballarat Train, The Antipodes (Australian premiere), The City Wit (Australian premiere), A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Night Before The Day After Tomorrow (Australian premiere), All's Well That Ends Well, Richard the Third, and On the Town. She has also directed workshop productions of new Australian musicals A Little Touch of Chaos, The Hatpin and The White Rose, and a reading of Margaret of Anjou, the ‘new’ Shakespeare play, for Shakespeare 400.

Kim leads the Bachelor of Acting for Stage and Screen degree program and also has extensive experience teaching and directing into the Bachelor of Music Theatre program. She is currently undertaking her PhD on the Caroline playwright Richard Brome at La Trobe University. Her commissioned essay “Upside Down at the Bottom of the World: Taking Richard Brome’s Plays to the Antipodes” appears at Her journal article “ ‘ I Love the Quality of Playing, I’: Directing Adventures in Ballarat.” appears in Australasian Drama Studies 57.In 2012 She won the $12,000 E J Barker Fellowship which facilitated research at the Royal Shakespeare Company archives held at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford upon Avon, and the archives of Shakespeare's Globe, London. Kim is also the winner of a 2010 ALTC Citation "for the vision, planning and implementation of a contemporary approach to artistic training in a regional area that has created outstanding graduate success" and a Vice-Chancellor’s Citation. With her team she also won a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching in 2015. Her original work Alice Arden was a Master of Dramatic Art – Direction (by Research) production, which radically reinterpreted female representation in Arden of Faversham. Kim 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". Kim was joint winner of the 1990 Ewa Czajor Memorial Award and has a current entry in the Who’s Who of Australian Women. She is a peer assessor for Creative Victoria and a founding member of the Australian Women Directors Alliance.

Areas of expertise

  • Richard Brome
  • Women Directors
  • Direction of new plays and classical texts
  • Actor training
  • Australian Theatre

Research interests

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


One Honours student 2012


Book chapters

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

Refereed journal articles

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

"Upside Down at the Bottom of the World: Taking Richard Brome to the Antipodes" in Richard Brome Online ( ISBN 978-0-9557876-1-4.

Conference presentation

"The Necklace Theory" University of Sydney (

Refereed conference proceedings

2013Australian TheatreDelegateCanberra
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
2010The Director’s Forum: The Six Senses of the DirectorParticipantThe Centre for Performance Research, Aberystwyth, Wales
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 Wynen. 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


2017Garden City WeededRichard BromeArts Academy
2016As you Like ItWilliam ShakespeareArts Academy
 Margaret of Anjou, a readingWilliam ShakespeareBallarat Art Gallery
2015MachinalSophie TreadwellArts Academy
2014Ant + CleoFrom Anthony and Cleopatra by William ShakespeareArts Academy
2013A Jovial CrewRichard BromeArts Academy
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 Brecht 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


  • Australian Women Directors Alliance (AWDA)
  • Media, Entertainment and Art Alliance (MEAA)