A graduate from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL. Derek hails from the keep-it-weird city of Portland, Oregon where he grew up performing. In his brief time in Chicago, Derek has performed with a number of theatre's including: Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The Raven Theatre, and The Artistic Home, and has also been a Teaching Artist for The National High School Institute Theatre Cherubs Program, and The Chicago High School for the Arts. Derek also served as the founder and Artistic Director for Fearless Theatre, which he founded upon graduating college. Having gone to a school with a firm stance on Social Justice, Derek sees theatre as a platform for change and inspiration and is eager for the journey that awaits.