Derrick Sanders is the Producing Director of the August Wilson Monologue Competition and a member of the faculty in the theater department at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is an award-winning theater and film director who has recently directed the opera La Clemenza di Tito for Chicago Summer Opera and The African Company Present Richard III and The Island at American Players Theatre. His other credits include the Washington, D.C. and West Coast premieres of Will Power's Fetch Clay, Make Man at Round House Theatre and Marin Theatre Company, Fences, The Mountaintop, Clybourne Park and the world premiere of Beneatha's Place in repertory for The Raisin Cycle, King Hedley II, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Radio Golf, Jitney and Stick Fly, Sanctified, Gee's Bend, Topdog/Underdog and world premieres of Mr. Chickee's Funny Money, Bud Not Buddy, Jackie and Me and Five Fingers of Funk. Sanders' productions have been staged at theaters nationally including Virginia Stage Company, Signature Theatre, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Baltimore Center Stage, Ture Colors Theatre Company, Lincoln Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, American Theater Company, Chicago Children's Theatre and The Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis. As the founding artistic director of Congo Square Theatre, Sanders directed numerous productions and received numerous awards and accolades for his work including several Jeff Awards for his production of Seven Guitars. He was also named the Chicago Tribune's Theatre Chicagoan of the Year in 2005. His short film Perfect Day, which he wrote and directed, has been screened in more than 20 film festivals around the world and has garnered critical acclaim and numerous awards.
Education & Training
- MFA, University of Pittsburgh, 1999
- BFA, Howard University , 1996