Candid to the point that some might call it a flaw, Derek is quick witted, intelligent and fun. Derek is the second son of two public school teachers; Patricia, the daughter of Daniel and Irma, life long servants of the United Methodist Church and Lawrence, the son of a distinguished Army family. Derek often laments out growing the best role he’s ever had in a drama, that of baby Jesus in the local Christmas play.
He grew up in a small Pennsylvania town where he excelled in academics and sports. Derek graduated as a member of the National Honors Society with a Congressional Nomination to attend West Point, a varsity letterman in three sports and as the Captain of the Soccer and Wrestling teams. Derek is a World Champion Powerlifter and still holds many records. He served in the Army Reserve and attended college at Lebanon Valley on full scholarship. He studied and trained at West Point, London Metropolitan University and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Derek fell in love with the stage in Church plays as a child and still recalls the magic of his first movie “Lady and the Tramp.” Not one to settle for less or to choose one life long dream over the other, Derek is constantly proving you really can do it all producing his first full length Christian feature film last year.
“My best experiences on set, the memories I like to recall for friends are the unexpected ones. Getting to work with Andrew Sensenig and Gigi Erneta in my first production. Meeting Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and M Night Shyamalan on the set of Signs. Having Mel Gibson pull a prank on me while filming out in the cornfields of Norristown. Having Robert Downey Jr. invite me to his table for dinner. But even more memorable are the friendships I’ve made along the way while on set, particularly as of late, in which I’ve had the opportunity to witness to others and encourage them in their journey with Christ.”