Originally from Lethbridge, AB, Derek began his career in the arts as a performer, appearing in over twenty-five theatre productions across Southern Alberta while also pursuing a combined degree in Finance and Theatre at the University of Lethbridge.
Following graduation, Derek joined the Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge to work on various community projects including Lethbridge Arts Days, Performing Arts Centre Advocacy, and the grand opening of Lethbridge’s new community arts centre, Casa. After seeing this project to completion, Derek was one of 14 students accepted into the second cohort of the Masters in International Arts Management program offered jointly by the Southern Methodist University, HEC Montreal, and the SDA Bocconi (Milan, Italy). Derek focused his studies on sustainable models for municipalities to fund arts and cultural organizations.
Upon completion of this program, Derek became the General Manager of New West Theatre, helping the company thru difficult financial times, a large theatre renovation, and increased organizational stability. In 2019 Derek relocated to Calgary to begin working full time with the Rozsa Foundation.
- Company:Rozsa Foundation
- Short Bio:Arts Leadership Manager