Derek has a Master's in playwriting from the University of Edinburgh where he was awarded the William Hunter Sharpe Memorial Award for playwriting. He recently received the 2019 playwriting residency with Road Less Traveled Productions, during which his play "Waist Deep" will receive developmental support culminating in a performance this Fall. In August, Derek's play "The Exhibit" was performed at the Traverse Theatre during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the play is currently a semi-finalist for the National Playwright's Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center. Derek's original rock musical "Pie Eater" was an official Next Link selection for the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and he also wrote music and spoken word for a collaborative piece with choreographer Karla Garcia (Broadway's "Hamilton") which premiered at the International Human Rights Festival in N.Y. Writing projects:

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