Derek’s Bio

Derek Nguyen is a screenwriter, director, producer, writer, and playwright.  Derek was a 2004 fellow at the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters Lab for the screenplay adaptation of his play, Monster (East West Players, Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, Public Theatre New Work Now, Edgar Allen Poe nomination for Best Play) and a 2004 Screenwriting Fellow at the New York Foundation for the Arts. Seeing Red (directed by Liselle Mei) was a part of the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival’s All-Access Alumni Program, the 2007 IFP Market’s No Borders Program, and won the 2012 C3 Project Market at the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival. Derek co-wrote the script with director Liselle Mei and is currently producing the film. Derek made his directorial debut in the comic short film, The Potential Wives of Norman Mao, which was narrated by George Takei (Star Trek) and screened at the Short Film Corner at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, LA Shorts Fest, and the Asian American International Film Festival (NYC) among others. Derek received the 2006 Urban Artist Initiative/NYC fellowship and is working on several film projects including creative consulting on Sundance Institute project Stones in the Sun (written and directed by P. Benoit) which premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival and recently completed writing his feature directorial debut, Expecting which was a 2012 semi-finalist for the Nantucket Screenplay Competition. Derek was the Associate Producer of a short film entitled Mister Green (written and directed by Greg Pak) and has written quite a few screenplays (some of which have been optioned!).

In theater, Derek’s plays also include Voices: A Theatrical Quilt (Sherrill C. Corwin Award), Mother’s Milk (Mark Taper Forum commission), A Slight Itch (Y2K New Voices Award), and LEE/GENDARY (three 2009 New York Innovative Theater Awards including Best Production of a Play). Derek was also a Van Lier Playwriting Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop.

Derek is currently the Director of Operations & Creative Affairs for Gamechanger Films and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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