Dr. Kim Edwards: Editor
BA (Hons), MA, PhD (Monash)
Kim Edwards has been directing, writing and producing cabaret for the last six years, from large-scale shows with her production company Play Right to festival shows for Melbourne Comedy, Fringe and Midsumma, and three years of creating solo cabarets with numerous artists at The Butterfly Club. She is also the creator and co-ordinator of the Melbourne Cabaret Course, now in its fourth year of running, with many graduates going on to work locally and internationally in professional and award-winning cabaret.
2007 cabaret contributions included repeat seasons and sell-out shows for The Divine Miss Z Sings the Divine Miss M with Vicki Zainal, Hangups, Heartaches and Headcases: A Psychologist’s Cabaret with Lizzie Matjacic and Highly Strung: A Soprano’s Lament with Kathryn Turner.
In 2008, she directed several course graduates in full-length shows, including Little Miss Nice Makes a Mess and Daisy’s Kitchen with Emma Wyndham, The Witness Protection Social Club with Vikki Doig, and Happily Ever After: The Princess Fifi Way with Fiona Elmore.
For 2009, her collaborate cabaret projects included Where Was I? with Short+Sweet award-winner Tom Dickins, From Here to Maternity with Lizzie Matjacic, The Secret Life of a Secretary with Claire de Freitas, Jenny Patrone’s The Little Red Dress, and In The Dead Of Night, a gothic late-night cult show.
2010 saw her directing The Rise and Fall of Kitty Bang for the Comedy Festival with Kate Boston-Smith, Lisa Nightingale in the sell-out Ana-Lucia and the Baron, and a return season of the extraordinary Price of Genius with Ilsa Cook for the Melbourne Fringe.
As a director, Kim also has a variety of other theatre credits to her name, including the 2011 world premiere of new musical Once We Were, the 2009 production of In Camera at Chapel off Chapel, plus award-winning productions of South Pacific, The Real Inspector Hound, Comedy Tonight, On the Move, Suburban Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Trilogy of the Nine Rules, and The Last Dance of the Plum Sisters. As a writer, she holds a PhD in English Literature and teaches Academic Writing and Fantasy Narratives at Monash University; reviews cabaret, theatre, films and books for various publications and online resources; and writes, produces and directs full-scale school musicals with casts of over two hundred. Among other theatre skills, she is herself a professional singer and performer, and an experienced lighting operator and stage manager.
In Focus: Kim Edwards
Creating Solo Cabaret
Creating Solo Cabaret