Derek Spaldo is a Chicago-based actor, musician, and playwright.
He recently earned his MFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University, where he appeared in the Chicago premiere of Katori Hall's Our Lady of Kibeho, directed by Phyllis E. Griffin, Quiara Alegria Hudes' Water by the Spoonful, directed by Melanie Queponds, Henry VI, Part 3, directed by Jeff Mills, and the World Premiere of Madison Fargo's Jeff and the Dead Girl, directed by Shade Murray.
Born in Rutherford, NJ, Derek lived in New York City after attending Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts. Working in the downtown theatre scene as an actor, sound designer, stage manager/jack-of-all-trades, he had the pleasure of working with various artists such as Christina Masciotti, The Gallery Players, Hamlet Isn't Dead, Paul Lazar, MaineStage Shakespeare, Richard Maxwell/New York City Players, and Zishan Ugurlu, at spaces such as Abrons Arts Center, The Chocolate Factory, The Bushwick Starr, Dixon Place, La MaMa, as well as international tours to France and Croatia.
With a vested interest in developing new work, his plays Playground, PITCH, Scene from a Room, and The Killers of Comedy have run to great acclaim at spaces in New York such as The Brick, Dixon Place, and La MaMa. Derek intends to continue to develop new work in Chicago.