Derrick Saunders

Assistant Professor, Theatre


Derrick Sanders — Photo: Jenny Fontaine

Derrick Sanders — Photo: Jenny Fontaine

Derrick Sanders is assistant professor for theater at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Sanders is also the Founding Artistic Director of Congo Square Theatre Company.

His most recent credits include Topdog/Underdog, Five Fingers of Funk at Minneapolis Children’s Theatre, August Wilson’s 20th Century Cycle at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at Center Stage,  Elmina’s Kitchen, Stick Fly with True Colors theatre in Atlanta, his Off–Broadway debut King Hedley II at Signature theatre and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. He has also directed the World Premiere of the Jeff Nominated Deep Azure and the BTAA, Black Excellence and Jeff Award winning production of Seven Guitars, for which he received a BTAA and JEFF Award for Best Director as well as a Black Excellence Award for Best Producer.

He was also part of August Wilson’s world premiere productions of Radio Golf and Gem of the Ocean.

Sanders was named 2005 Chicagoan of the Year in Theater by the Chicago Tribune. He received his training from Howard University where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and the University of Pittsburgh where he received his Master of Fine Arts.

Subject areas:

Performing Arts
August Wilson

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