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 has 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. In 2014 Derek won the inaugural Theater Bay Area Outstanding Lighting Design award for In the Heights at Broadway-by-the-Bay.
Currently Derek is resident designer for the Western Stage, Stephen Pelton Dance Theatre, and Abhinaya Dance Company. He is a member of United Scenic Artists, IATSE Local 829, the national union of professional designers.
Derek teaches Stage Lighting, 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 In the Heights, Pride and Prejudice, First Person Shooter, and Awake and Sing.
Recent Scholarly Work – Lighting design for:
Pirates of Penzance, Pacific Repertory Theater, Carmel, CA, director Stephen Moorer, January, 2015.
Carlota (world premiere opera), composed by Paul Davies, Mexican Heritage Theater, director Daniel Helfgot, February, 2015. (collaborated on projection design as well)
Les Miserables, Peninsula Youth Theater, director Michael Champlin, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, March, 2015.
Revive, Resurge, Remain (world premiere), Ahdanceco at ODC Commons, San Francisco, CA, Choreographer Abigail Hosein, April, 2015
TSW Best Practices Conference, Santa Clara Convention Center, in collaboration with the Technical Services Industrial Association and Allstar Group, May, 2015.
Exquisite Love (world premiere), Abhinaya Dance Company at the San Francisco International Arts Festival, Choreographer Mythili Kumar, Cowell Theater, June, 2015.
Into The Woods, Western Stage, Jon Selover director, June 2015.
Corridos (new adaptation by Luis Valdez), Western Stage in conjunction with El Teatro Campesino’s 50th Anniversary, directed by Lorenzo Aragon and Cesar Flores, August, 2015.