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Department ofTheatre and Dance

Derek Duarte

Derek Duarte
Derek Duarte
Senior Lecturer

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.

Derek was resident lighting designer at American Conservatory Theater (ACT) in San Francisco for seven years, designing more than 60 productions for the company. Derek has designed over 600 productions including work at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Milwaukee Rep, Cleveland Play House, The Western Stage, San Jose Repertory, the Alley Theatre, Hong Kong Repertory, Syracuse Stage, and the Kennedy Center.

In 2014 Derek won the inaugural Theater Bay Area Outstanding Lighting Design award for In the Heights at Broadway-by-the-Bay. He has won several awards and honors including 5 Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Lighting Design on such shows as Sunday in the Park with George, Execution of Justice, Judevine, Stardust, and Woody Guthrie's American Song. He has received numerous Drama-Logue Critics awards for his lighting designs.

Derek teaches lighting design and Production Management and oversees students conducting independent study work in the areas of design and technology. His work has been seen in recent SCU productions of Chicago, Romeo and Juliet, The Glass Menagerie, and Eurydice.

Derek is a member of United Scenic Artists, IATSE Local 829, the national union of professional designers, and USITT, the national service organization of technical theatre.


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