About the Director

Derrick Ivey (Director/Choreographer) is pleased to return for his fifteenth collaboration with the Durham Savoyards, Ltd., and with Music Director Alan Riley Jones.

Derrick has worked as director, actor, producer, instructor, and designer for various theater companies and arts organizations throughout the Triangle area of North Carolina; including Manbites Dog Theater Company, Playmakers Repertory Company, StreetSigns Theater Company, Justice Theater Project, Archipelago Theater, Temple Theater, William Peace University, Duke University, UNC-CH, Burning Coal Theater Company, Deep Dish Theater Company, Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern, 15-501 Ballet, The ArtsCenter, The Ballet School of Chapel Hill, Chatham Arts Council, Durham Arts Council, Perry Harrison Middle School, and Chapel Hill/Carrboro Schools.

Outside the G&S canon, Derrick’s directing credits include The Glass Menagerie, Rough Crossing, Deathtrap, Chicago – A Musical Vaudeville, Servant of Two MastersThe Zoo Story, Baby with the BathwaterThe Diary of Anne Frank, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Heartbreak House, and Oliver; as well as his original stage adaptations of Moliere’s The Doctor in Spite of Himself, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the Greek Myth Antigone, James Barrie’s Peter Pan, and Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

Derrick has received Best Actor recognitions from the regional media for his portrayals of Walt Disney in “…Death of Walt Disney,” Emcee in Cabaret, Howie in Rabbit Hole, The Historical Event (21 roles) in How I Got That Story, The Photographer in At the Vanishing Point, Martin in The Goat, Richard Nixon in Nixon’s Nixon, and Boyet in Love’s Labours Lost.  Other performance credits include Patsy in The New Electric Ballroom, Goldberg in The Birthday Party, Rochester in Jane Eyre, Cook in Mother Courage, Edgar in King Lear, Orson Welles in Orson’s Shadow, Dr. Cukrowics in Suddenly Last Summer, Mark Antony in Julius Caesar, and many years of modern dance performances with choreographer Killian Manning.

During most of the 1990s, Derrick was Director of Theater Programs for The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC:  administering a professional touring theater series; creating and coordinating a workshop theater series; and serving as Producing Artistic Director for The ACT (ArtsCenter Community Theater).  He was also Director of Marketing and Publications for the organization.

In addition to his ongoing theater projects, Derrick works as a freelance design coach: assisting clients with interior, exterior, and garden design.

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