Daya Curley


Daya Curley (she/her) is an award-winning playwright, performer, director and filmmaker, currently based in the Metro Detroit area. She is a lifelong musical theatre geek, a Guinness World Record holder and a proud transgender woman.

Most recently, Daya played Maura Pfefferman in A Transparent Musical at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. She previously worked on developing the new musical Stu for Silverton in which she played the title role. She was set to appear in Sam Pinkleton’s production of The Rocky Horror Show at A.C.T. in San Francisco (canceled due to COVID-19). Theatre companies she has worked with include TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, 42nd Street Moon, and San Jose Rep among others. Her appearance in Miss Liberty resulted in a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle award, and her frequent work on development workshops and readings led to appearances in world premieres of Memphis and The Haunting of Winchester.

When not on stage, Daya feeds her roller coaster addiction and brags about her Guinness World Record (“Most Roller Coasters Ridden in a 24-Hour Period”), an event that was documented on The Discovery Channel as 30 Roller Coasters in 24 Hours, and she appeared on Extreme Rides on The Learning Channel. She also co-wrote the book/music/lyrics for the musical comedy Becoming Britney, which premiered at FringeNYC and then won a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle award for original script.

She is a member of Actors’ Equity, SAG-AFTRA and The Dramatists Guild of America.