Santa Clara University

Theatre and Dance department


Derek DuarteDerek Duarte

Lighting Designer Derek Duarte joined the theatre faculty of Santa Clara University in 1997 after serving as a Lecturer at University of California at Santa Cruz and the University of California at Berkeley. Derek earned a BA in Dramatic Art from UC Berkeley and an MFA in Theatre Technology from UCLA.

With over 500 shows designed and twenty-five years of experience, Derek has worked with such theatres as Berkeley Repertory, Portland Center Stage, The Western Stage, San Jose Repertory, the Alley Theatre, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Hong Kong Repertory, Syracuse Stage, and the Kennedy Center. He was resident lighting designer at American Conservatory Theater (ACT) in San Francisco for seven years, designing more than 60 productions for the company.

Derek won several awards and honors including 5 Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design for his work on such shows as Sunday in the Park with George, Execution of Justice, Judevine, Stardust, and Woody Guthrie's American Song. He has also been the recipient of numerous Drama-Logue Critics awards for his lighting designs. Currently he is resident designer for the Western Stage, Stephen Pelton Dance Theatre and AscenDance Project.

Derek teaches Stage Lighting, Lighting Design, Production Management and Technology and Theatre and oversees students conducting independent study work in the areas of design and technology. His work has been seen in recent SCU productions of Coriolanus, Over the Mountain, The Saints Plays, and Playboy of the Western World.