Derrick Ivey has served as Artistic Director and Choreographer for the Durham Savoyards since 2003.  In that time he has directed the entire Gilbert and Sullivan canon — including the world premiere of the prolific duo’s original collaboration “Thespis” with an original score by Alan Riley Jones.

Other directing credits include: “The Servant of Two Masters,” “The Glass Menagerie,“ “Rough Crossing,“ “Deathtrap,“ “Chicago – A Musical Vaudeville,“ “The Zoo Story,“ “The Diary of Anne Frank,“ “Heartbreak House,” “The Baby with the Bath Water,” “Lady Windermere’s Fan,“ “Our Town,” 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 was Director of Theater Programs for The ArtsCenter in Carrboro from 1990-2000, producing an in-house theater series and administering both an experimental theater series and a professional touring theater series.  He also served as Director of Marketing for the organization.

Regional acting credits include:  C.P. Ellis in “Best of Enemies,” Emcee in “Cabaret,” Richard Nixon in “Nixon’s Nixon,”  Orson Welles in “Orson’s Shadow, Walt Disney in “…Death of Walt Disney,” Mark Antony in “Julius Caesar,” Boyet in “Love’s Labours Lost,” Edgar in “King Lear,” Martin in “The Goat,” Rochester in “Jane Eyre,” Jake (etc.) in “Stones in His Pockets,”  Cook in “Mother Courage,” Howie in “Rabbit Hole,” The Historical Event (21 roles) in “How I Got That Story,” The Photographer in “At the Vanishing Point,” and Dr. Cukrowicz in “Suddenly Last Summer,”

Derrick enjoyed a decades-long affiliation with Manbites Dog Theater of Durham — as both an actor and a designer — including the company’s final performance in 2018.  He was also a principal dancer for modern choreographer Killian Manning from 1989-1995.

Additionally, he has worked as actor and/or designer with Playmakers Repertory Company, Theatre Raleigh, Duke University Theater Department, The North Carolina Symphony, Streetsigns Center for Literature and Performance, Cape Fear Regional Theater, Temple Theater, William Peace University, Archipelago Theater Company, American Theater Practice, Burning Coal Theater, Chinchilla House Theater, Dysfunctional Actors’ Theater, Echo Stage, Flying Machine Theater Company, The Justice Theater Project, Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern, Shakespeare and Originals, and Triangle Rep.


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