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Derek Anderson is a director and dramaturg for theatre working across the UK and Internationally.


After studying Film and Television Production at the North East College of Scotland, Derek graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Theatre Production from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.


On his directing debut, Derek won the 2015 Whatsonstage Award for Best Off-West End Production with Stephen Sondheim's SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET at the Twickenham Theatre. The critically acclaimed production, starring Olivier Award winner David Bedella in the title role, was also nominated for Best Musical Revival.

In 2016 Derek directed the sell-out productions of Kander and Ebb's musical CABARET and THE PILLOWMAN by Martin McDonagh, both for ACT Aberdeen. These were the first two in-house productions at the newly producing theatre.


The following year Derek directed INTO THE WOODS by Stephen Sondheim for Stowe Arts. He followed this with the world premier of EYES CLOSED, EARS COVERED by Alex Gwyther at The Bunker Theatre. The show gained critical success and several Offie nominations, including three shortlisted nominations.


In early 2018 Derek directed Stephen Sondheim’s COMPANY at ACT Aberdeen starring Oliver Saville as bobby. After this he directed the German premier of Robert Askin's HAND TO GOD at the English Theatre Frankfurt immediately followed by James Goldman's THE LION IN WINTER.


This year Derek directed and developed TICKER, a new play by Tom Machel, which ran at the Unberbelly, Cowgate during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and then at the Alphabetti theatre in Newcastle. He also returned to the English Theatre Frankfurt with a radical new version of ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST and a new production of Stephen Sondheim's SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET which will transfer to the Deutsches Theater Munich in 2020.