Derek Lee McPhatter is a writer, producer and musician. Credits include selection for the 2013 Disney-ABC Diversity Impact Workshop; top 10% placement in the 2012 Austin Film Festival (sitcom category); and a 2012 fellowship in the final year of the Guy Hanks and Marvin Miller Screenwriting Program, sponsored by Bill and Camille Cosby.
Derek's recent forays into television and film build on his achievements as a playwright. Stage plays have been produced/supported by The Fire This Time Festival, Harlem Stage, Harlem9, Brooklyn's Jack Theater, the United States Embassy in the United Kingdom, and the Jerome Foundation, among others. Prior to relocating to Los Angeles, Derek worked at Harlem's Apollo Theater, developing new arts and entertainment programs. He holds a BA from Morehouse College and an M.A. from NYU.
Born in Pickerington, Ohio, Derek has lived in Atlanta, GA; Osaka, Japan; Harlem, New York, and West Hollywood, California.