Getting to know Deb Currier

Deb Currier, an associate professor in the theatre and dance department at Western Washington University, is the director of "Deception Pass: An American Story," on stage in the WWU Performing Arts Center through Feb. 3.

Caroline Lee
Communications and Marketing intern

Deb Currier, an associate professor in the theatre and dance department at Western Washington University, is the director of "Deception Pass: An American Story," on stage in the WWU Performing Arts Center through Feb. 3.

WWU Communications and Marketing intern sat down with Currier earlier this week.

Years at Western: 11th year teaching at Western

Originally from: Riverside, Calif., then graduate school in Oregon and now in Bellingham

Hobbies: "Aside from this [teaching], I make jewelry, paint and draw. I have two dogs who I absolutely love. I am a theatre professor, so my hobby and my work intertwine, so I’m lucky for that."

Quote: "Genius is childhood recaptured." - Charles Baudelaire.

Favorite restaurant: "La Fiamma Pizza downtown, closely tied with Dos Padres in Fairhaven."

Favorite Bellingham location: "My house and Whatcom Falls Park."

Most memorable vacation: Road trip to Hopi Indian Reservation with her dad when she was 10.

Favorite WWU memory: The opening night of her very first show on the main stage during her first year at Western.

Favorite movie: “Pride and Prejudice”

Currently reading/watching: Watching “Downton Abbey” for the second time and “Once Upon a Time.” She is also currently reading an interesting autobiography on her Kindle.

Projects currently working on: “Deception Pass: An American Story,” an original play she has been working on and directing for the past three months. It premiered last week.

Awards/recognitions:

  • 2010-2012 Excellence in Teaching Award nominee: WWU
  • 2004-2011 Teaching and Learning Academy: WWU Academy Award: Teaching Excellence
  • 2009 Special Merit Award: WWU
  • 2006, 2008 Bellingham Theatre Guild: Best Director; Best Lead Actress