Senior Lecturer & Course Coordinator
Room: ARA Art and Design - Corner of Moorehouse Ave and Madras Street, Christchurch
Deborah began her career in applied theatre and adult education and worked for 15 years within the South African University and Health sectors as theatre director, lecturer, community development practitioner, lifeskills/AIDS educator and counsellor. After living in the UK and Australia, in 2006 she moved to New Zealand and re-qualified through Whitecliffe as an arts therapist. When, in 2010/11, earthquakes began striking her hometown of Lyttelton, Christchurch, she began intensive work with the quake-affected. She conducted arts therapy workshops in several schools, ran various arts therapy groups, was contracted to the Canterbury District Health Board and ran a private practice working one-on-one with quake-affected adults and children. During 2015 she began teaching on the PGDip in Arts Therapy and in 2016 joined Whitecliffe as a fulltime lecturer. Deborah is passionate about arts-based research and education and has published several journal articles and book chapters, as well as and presented at international applied theatre and arts therapy conferences and symposiums in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and Canada. She holds an Honours degree in Drama, a Postgraduate diploma in Adult Education, a Research Masters degree in Education and a Masters degree in Clinical Arts Therapy. In 2016 she gained her PhD from the University of Auckland for an art-based autoethnographic exploration of her experiences as quake-arts therapist.