Emma Durden

Emma Durden

Honorary Research Fellow

Discipline School of Applied Human Sciences
Email emmadurden2@gmail.com
Contact Number 082-673-6662
Last Updated 6 months ago

Degrees Held

  • PHD, University of KwaZulu-Natal, 2011
  • MA, University of KwaZulu-Natal, 2004
  • BA Honours, Rhodes University, 1992
  • BA, Rhodes University, 1991

Research Interests

  • Health communication
  • Applied theatre,
  • Entertainment-education,
  • HIV and AIDS,
  • Community development

Teaching Interests

  • Health communication
  • Applied theatre,
  • Entertainment-education,
  • Community development,
  • Monitoring and evaluation

Selected Publications

Community Engagement

  • (2009-2023) Twist Theatre Development Projects: A non-profit organisation working in the development of community theatre in KwaZulu-Natal. (twistprojects.co.za)
  • (2017-2023) Fresha Festival: Open-air free theatre festivals to develop emerging artists and develop theatre audiences in KZN (freshafestival.co.za)
  • (2006-2016) Musho Festival: An annual celebration of one ad two-hnader theatre performances.

Teaching Expertise

  • 2022-2023: Post-graduate student supervisor, CCMS, University of KwaZulu-Natal.
  • 2017-2021: Lecturer: Research Methodology for Post-graduate students – AFDA Durban
  • 2015-2017: Academic advisor / External examiner: Department of Theatre Arts, University of Zimbabwe
  • 2014-2016: External examiner for post-graduate theses: University of Zimbabwe, University of KwaZulu Natal and Rhodes University.
  • 2014: Visiting Scholar: Drama for Life, University of the Witwatersrand.
  • 2009-2015: External examiner, Department of Drama, UKZN.
  • 2001-2015: External examiner, Culture, Communication and Media in Society, UKZN.
  • 2011-2013: Researcher, post-graduate student supervisor & mentor, CCMS, UKZN.
  • 2009-2015: Guest Lecturer: University of KwaZulu Natal, post graduate course in Communication for participatory development. 
  • 2008: Guest faculty:  Course co-ordinator and lecturer: University of KwaZulu Natal, Department of Drama, post-graduate course in Theatre for debate
  • 2007/2006: Registered assessor and facilitator – MAPPP SETA
  • 2006/2005/2004: Guest Lecturer:  Theatre for Development. Dept of Drama, UKZN.
  • 2005/2004: Tutor:  Practical playmaking and performance.  Dept of Drama, UKZN.
  • 2005: Guest Lecturer:  Entertainment Education.  CCMS, UKZN.
  • 2004: Associate Lecturer:  South African Potjiekos:  Culture and cultural artefacts.  Commerce Faculty, UCT. 
  • 2003: Course co-ordinator:  Entertainment Education. CCMS, UKZN.
  • 2000: English Second Language teacher at both Private Institutes in Santiago, Chile, (In-Business, In-Training), For Cruz Blanca International Health insurance, and for D and S Department Stores
  • 1999: English Second Language teacher for support staff at PPC Cement, Durban, South Africa
  • 1997: English Foreign Language teacher for visiting Vietnamese tertiary students, Durban, South Africa
  • 1996: English Foreign Language teacher for Shane International Language School, Bangkok, Thailand
  • 1995: Team leader: DramAidE Peer Education Project, University of Zululand
  • 1994: Actor/Teacher: DramAidE Project, University of Durban-Westville

Student Supervision