Derek is an artist originating from the San Francisco Bay Area. He grew up with a passion for athletics, playing many sports, and racing motorcycles. He went on to get an B.A. in Kinesiology from CSU Chico.
As he was taking classes to apply for a Physical Therapy program, he got into improv, which snowballed into acting. He was in his first show at the age of 24. Shortly thereafter, he packed up his things and moved to Chicago for DePaul's MFA Program. He graduates in June 2019.
He also enjoys shenanigans such as improv, photography, filmmaking and fixing broken motorcycles.