Bob Durkin ‘s professional career as both Director and Choreographer spans over four decades.He has directed and choreographed for international and national touring companies, as well as for regional theatres, summer theatres, and dinner theatres throughout the United States. He has directed and choreographed well over 250 productions including musicals, plays, revues, and concert appearances.
He has directed and/or choreographed national and international touring companies of CRAZY FOR YOU, HELLO DOLLY, BIG RIVER, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, DREAMGIRLS, AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’, ONE MO’ TIME, THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG, COPACBANA, PURLIE, ANYTHING GOES, UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN, and THE NAT KING COLE STORY.
Internationally, Bob's work has been seen by audiences in Singapore, Malaysia, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Columbia, Amsterdam, Canada, Austria, Finland, and Sweden.
Bob has been a Guest Artist (Director , Choreographer and Teacher) for such well known and respected university and college theatre programs including Oklahoma City University, Marymount Manhattan College NYC, The University of Vermont, The University of Alabama Birmingham, Wagner College NY, and West Virginia University.
In 1980, Bob was a hired by the United States Militany Academy at West Point, NY. He was chosen to assist with the 145 year old tradition of The 100th NIGHT SHOW a senior cadet variety show tradionally performed 100 days before graduation. This 145th production of the 100 Night Show was the first to include women. In 1980, West Point graduated the first class to include women cadets. In that same year, Bob was commissioned to stage a production of GODSPELL cast from the cadet community and which featured the West Point Choir.
In addition to his work as a Director and Choreographer, Bob has also worked in the capacities of Production Manager, Stage Manager, Company Manager and Associate Producer. Bob served on the first board of directors of The Gateway Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County for 6 years.
Bob attended the Boston Conservatory of Music where he studied musical theatre and dance. After which time, he continued his studies in NYC. He has been a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers in NYC since 1978. A lifelong New Yorker and citizen of the United States, Bob now resides in Canada where he enjoys Canadian citizenship. He splits his time between his homes in Toronto and Thunder Bay, Ontario.