School of Arts

Dr Kim Durban

Position: Senior Lecturer
Location: Camp Street Campus, Old Law Courts Building, Room C308
Study area: Performing arts
Phone: 5327 8644
Email: k.durban@federation.edu.au

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy – La Trobe University – 2018

Master of Dramatic Arts (Direction) (First Class Honours) – University of Melbourne- 2001

Diploma of Dramatic Arts – Victorian College of the Arts – 1985

Bachelor of Education – South Australian College of Arts and Education – 1978

Diploma of Teaching – South Australian College of Arts and Education – 1977

Teaching

Program

Bachelor of Acting for Stage and Screen

Courses

  • Theatre Performance Skills (PAATP 3001)
  • Professional Practice (PACAC 3005)
  • Theatre Studio (PAATS 3002)
  • Showcase (PAAMS 3004)

Biography

Kim Durban trained as a teacher in South Australia, then as a director at the Victorian College of the Arts. She has built a strong reputation as director of new plays and classic texts for theatres across Australia, including Melbourne Theatre Company, Queensland Theatre Company, Playbox Theatre, La Mama Theatre and Red Stitch Theatre. In 2001, Kim was appointed Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts at Federation University in Ballarat, where productions include The Northern Lass, Margaret of Anjou, Garden City Weeded, As You Like It, Machinal, The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, Murder on the Ballarat Train and Kiss Me, Kate. She is currently joint coordinator of the Bachelor of Performing Arts undergraduate degree. Kim is the winner of the 2015 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, the 2012 EJ Barker Fellowship, a 2010 ALTC Citation, the Yvonne Taylor Award for Directors in 2002 and she is a joint winner of the 1990 Ewa Czajor Memorial Award. Kim is a founding member of the Australian Women Directors Alliance. She has a current entry in the Who’s Who of Australian Women, and her PhD thesis explores her direction of plays by Caroline playwright Richard Brome. Her productions of Oriel and Running With Emus by Merrilee Moss were seen at the Carlton Courthouse in 2016 and 2020.

Areas of expertise

Professional productions of new theatre work include Running With Emus and Oriel (La Mama at Carlton Courthouse), 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 The Northern Lass and Garden City Weeded (Australian Premieres), Margaret of Anjou (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 Performing Arts and Bachelor of Acting for Stage and Screen degree programs and also has extensive experience teaching and directing into the Bachelor of Music Theatre program. Her thesis: “Double vision: raising Richard Brome’s plays from the page to the stage” can be viewed/downloaded via http://hdl.handle.net/1959.9/564893, 2017. Her commissioned essay “Upside Down at the Bottom of the World: Taking Richard Brome’s Plays to the Antipodes” appears at https://www.dhi.ac.uk/brome/viewEssay.jsp?file=KD_AUSTRALIA Her 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 Theatre, London. "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.

Research interests

  • Caroline playwright Richard Brome
  • Actor Training in Australia
  • Women Directors, including an investigation into the career and legacy of Australian director Ewa Czajor
  • Australian theatre and playwright

Publications

Book chapters

Chapter 9. ‘I must abroad or perish!’: The Meta-theatre of the Road in Brome’s A Jovial Crew, Kim Durban; in Reading the Road: from Shakespeare’s Crossways to Bunyan’s Highways, edited by Lisa Hopkins and Bill Angus, December 2019, Edinburgh University Press: 167-182.

Book Chapter: Durban, Kim. “The Lidded Box and Its Function” in Scrapbooks, Snapshots and Memorabilia: the Hidden Archive of Performance. edited by Glen McGillivray, Peter Lang, Bern, 2011.

Refereed journal articles

Durban, Kim. “Haunted by Irrelevance?.” Fusion Journal, no. 17, 2020, pp. 39-48. https://fusion-journal.com/haunted-by-irrelevance/

Durban, Kim. “‘Had I been there, which am a silly woman’: Dealing with gendered casting in an Australian tertiary setting.” Fusion Journal, Issue 15 (2019), pp. 142-153. http://www.fusion-journal.com/had-i-been-there-which-am-a-silly-woman-dealing-with-gendered-casting-in-an-australian-tertiary-setting/

Durban, Kim. 'I Love the Quality of Playing, I': Directing Adventures in Ballarat [online]. Australasian Drama Studies, No. 57, Oct 2010: 115-128. (The Antipodes)

Availability: <https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=690594795356687;res=IELHSS> ISSN: 0810-4123. [cited 12 May 20].

"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 (https://ses.library.usyd.edu.au/handle/2123/2488?mode=full)

Refereed conference proceedings

2019

AusAct

“Haunted by Irrelevance?

QUT, Brisbane.

2018

AusAct

“Had I Been There, Who Am a Silly Woman: Dealing with Gendered Casting in a Tertiary Setting.”

CSU, Wagga Wagga

2014

Victorian Theatre Forum, Power Play

Delegate

Melbourne

2013

Australian Theatre Forum, Theatre Network Australia

Delegate

Canberra

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

The Director’s Forum: The Six Senses of the Director

Participant

The Centre for Performance Research, Aberystwyth, Wales

2010

Australian Theatre Forum

Delegate

Meat Market, Melbourne

Direction

2020

Running With Emus

Merrilee Moss

La Mama at Carlton Courthouse

 

Running With Emus

Merrilee Moss

Treetops Camp, Cohuna, Victoria

2019

The Northern Lass

Richard Brome

Arts Academy

2018

Margaret of Anjou

William Shakespeare

Arts Academy

2017

Garden City Weeded

Richard Brome

Arts Academy

2016

As You Like It

William Shakespeare

Arts Academy

 

Margaret of Anjou, a reading

William Shakespeare

Ballarat Art Gallery

2015

Machinal

Sophie Treadwell

Arts Academy

2014

Ant + Cleo

From Anthony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare

Arts Academy

2013

A Jovial Crew

Richard Brome

Arts 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

Associations

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