Deb Currier, PhD

She/her/hers, Associate Professor


Dr. Currier holds a Ph.D. in Theatre Arts from the University of Oregon, Eugene, with emphases in dramatic literature, acting/directing, multicultural and children’s theatre. She has extensive experience with theatre for youth, serving as the Director for the WWU Summer Youth Theatre Institute (SYTI) and the annual Outreach Touring Project (MOTley). She also served as Artistic Director for Mad Duckling Children’s Theatre in Eugene, as an Artist-In-Residence with Young Audiences of Montana, and a Tour Actor/Director with the Missoula Children’s Theatre International Touring Project. She currently writes and directs the WWU Multicultural Outreach Touring Project, an elementary-level literature-based touring show performed with WWU Drama in Education students. She is an active member of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE), Theatre Communications Group (TCG), and the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) and has served as a Carnegie Fellow in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning research group. Dr. Currier's creative scholarship in applied theatre & neuroscience, creativity and the function of play has taken her to to the UK where she has worked/trained/led with Doorstep Arts, UK, LivingProductionsUK, Geese Theatre and the MA programme in Applied Theatre at Exeter University. A lover of travel, Deb has taken WWU theatre students to Greece, Italy, Turkey, England and Wales on various Theatre History and Culture tours and residencies. Dr. Currier teaches Applied Theatre, Theatre for Social Change, Theatre History, Improvisation, Dramatic Literature, Children’s Theatre, Secondary Theatre Techniques, Creative Pedagogy and Integrated Arts. She also teaches Leadership and Self-Care for the Morse Leadership Institute, and is an active member of the International Studies program curricular committee, the Woodring College of Education curricular counsel, the Gender and Equity Task Force and serves as Assessment Coordinator for the Department of Theatre and Dance.