Derek Van Barham | Associate Artistic Director

Derek Van Barham is the Artistic Director of The Ruckus and an Artistic Associate with Pride Films & Plays. Directing: From These Fatal Loins (The Ruckus), Miracle! (Hell in a Handbag), Trash (New American Folk Theatre), Angry Fags (PFP/Steppenwolf Garage), Some Men (with David Zak), Kill Your Boyfriends (an original piece), and Songs from an Unmade Bed (Jeff nomination). Movement: Coraline the Musical and Goblin Market (Black Button Eyes), La Chingada (Inappropriate Theatre), Matawan (The Ruckus), and pieces for Salonathon. Derek was named one of Windy City Times’ 30 Under 30, honoring individuals from Chicago’s LGBTQIA communities. He currently improvises at The Annoyance with the team Baby Wine. MFA: CCPA/Roosevelt University.

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