Current: Dragons and Mythical Beasts (also writer, Regents Park Open Air Theatre and UK tour, 2021-22, Olivier Award Nomination for Best Family Show)
Previous: Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare (the inaugural production for the New English Shakespeare Company, Dubai Opera House 2019), The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher (Hammersmith Apollo, 2017), Dinosaur World (also writer, UK Tour 2017, Regents Park Open Air Theatre and UK Tour 2018, Troubadour Theatre and UK Tour 2019, international tour 2019-2020), Alice in Wonderland by Glyn Maxwell (Storyhouse, Chester, 2017), Sweet Charity by Neil Simon, Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester 2016/2017), Jess and Joe Forever by Zoe Cooper (Orange Tree Theatre and UK tour, 2016; Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh 2017), Stig of the Dump adapted by Jessica Swale (Storyhouse Open Air Theatre, Chester, 2016), Little Shop of Horrors by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Royal Exchange Theatre, 2014/2015), As You Like It by William Shakespeare (Southwark Playhouse, 2014), Microcosm by Matt Hartley (Soho Theatre, 2014), Shiver by Daniel Kanaber (Watford Palace, 2014), Lost in Yonkers by Neil Simon (Watford Palace, 2012), Floyd Collins by Tina Landau and Adam Guettel (Southwark Playhouse, 2012) and Many Moons by Alice Birch (Theatre503, 2011).
His production of Dragons and Mythical Beasts was nominated for an Oliver Award for Best Family Show. Sweet Charity won the Manchester Theatre Awards for Best Musical, and was nominated at the UK Theatre Awards for Best Musical. Little Shop of Horrors was nominated for three Manchester Theatre Awards, including Best Musical. Floyd Collins was named Best Musical at the Off West End Awards, and was nominated for Best Musical at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards.
He is a regular guest director at several drama schools, and has worked at: Guildhall, Bristol Old Vic, LAMDA, Drama Centre, Mountview, East15 and Central.
Derek co-founded the OpenHire initiative, calling on theatres , producers and other employers to advertise creative freelance jobs in theatre. He was Artistic Director and co-founder of Blackhorse Arts, a place-based company created to bring together theatre makers and audiences in Waltham Forest, between 2018 and 2020. He was Associate Director of Theatre503 from 2010-2011 and created the PLAYlist project.Download CV as PDF