Based in NYC Actor | Director | Educator derekRherman@Gmail.com
Derek started his professional theater career in Portland, Oregon off with a bang (that 'bang' being the sound of his 11 year old body falling off a set-piece.) Knowing he could either stop the show and ruin the magic or choose to get up and keep telling the story is what has kept his 20+ year career going. In Portland, Derek performed at NW and Oregon Children's Theater, as well as Profile, Broadway Rose, CoHo, and in the West Coast Premier of Speech & Debate at Artists Repertory Theater. Derek moved to Chicago to attend Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts where he received his BFA in Acting. After graduating from high school, Derek founded Fearless Theater. A company that highlights the joys and perils of the teenage odyssey. His company paired productions with local and national charities to help spread awareness of thematic events around the plays. In Chicago, Derek helped to devise and performed in the ground-breaking sight-specific piece "Since I Suppose" conceived by the Australian theater group, one step at a time like this with Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Derek also performed as an actor for Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Artistic Home, The Raven, and Eclectic. After living in Chicago, Derek made the move to New York City where he currently attending NYU and earning his Master's in Theater Education for Colleges and Communities. He can be seen in Multiplatinum Artist MAX's music video for "Working for the Weekend", CBS's Evil, and NBC's Manifest. As a commercial and print model Derek can be seen in Harper's Bazaar with Katie Holmes other commercial and modeling companies include: Hubble Lenses, Gravity Blanket, RedBox Plant Caddy Shelf, and Power Swab Teeth Whitener.