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Derek Lee Miller

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January 4, 2020


Derek Lee Miller is an actor, puppeteer, designer, writer and musician, specializing in ensemble creation of new work. He earned his BFA in acting and technical theatre at Millikin University in Decatur, IL. During his time there, he founded the Last Chance Theatre, an underground experimental black box space and was awarded the school’s McNabb Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Theater.  He has toured nationally as a puppeteer for Madcap Puppets in Cincinnati, OH and regionally as an actor/educator for Twin Cities companies National Theatre for Children and Teatro del Pueblo. The Yaddo Artists Colony in Saratoga Springs, NY awarded him two residencies for playwriting in 2006 and 2007.  Derek was voted Outstanding Male Performance of the 2011 Minnesota Fringe Festival for his role in Transatlantic Love Affair’s Red Resurrected and was also part of that group’s 2012 Ivey Award-winning play, Ballad of the Pale Fisherman. He formerly served as the Artistic Director of Sandbox Theatre and is a founding ensemble member of Transatlantic Love Affair.


as Director / Creative Lead
The Privateer  -  Transatlantic Love Affair
Big Money  -  Sandbox Theatre
Marie-Jeanne Valet, Who Defeated La Bete du Gevaudan  -  Sandbox Theatre
The Mad Trapper of Rat River  -  Sandbox Theatre
The Depth of the Ocean  -  Perpetual Motion Theatre Co.

as Performer
You Are Cordially Invited to the Life and Death of Edward Lear - Edward Lear - The Winding Sheet Outfit
A Morbid History of Sons and Daughters  -  John / musician  -  The Vincent Hovis Experience
Blood Nocturne  -  Ficzko / Thurzo / musician  -  The Winding Sheet Outfit
105 Proof   -  Sheriff / Mickey  -  Transatlantic Love Affair
Emilie/Eurydice   -  Ensemble  -  Transatlantic Love Affair
These Old Shoes   -  Jim  -  Transatlantic Love Affair
Ash Land  -  John Stone / Ensemble  -  Transatlantic Love Affair
Red Resurrected  -  Daniel Cooper / Ensemble  -  Transatlantic Love Affair
Ballad of the Paler Fisherman  -  Narrator / accordionist  -  Transatlantic Love Affair
My Life is All But Over  -  Ensemble  -  Dolan/Heeringa
War With the Newts  -  Ensemble  -  Sandbox Theatre
Killer Inside  -  Ensemble  -  Sandbox Theatre
Beatnik Giselle  -  Jack Kerouac  -  Sandbox Theatre
Unspeakable Things  -  H.P. Lovecraft / Ensemble  -  Sandbox Theatre
.faust  -  Mephistopheles  -  Sandbox Theatre
June of Arc  -  Wally  -  Sandbox Theatre
The Horse, The Bird, The Monkey & The Dancer  -  Ensemble  -  Sandbox Theatre
Koogoomanooki  -  Gil  -  Sandbox Theatre
Manzi  -  Richard / guitarist  -  Teatro del Pueblo
Cuban Operator, Please  -  Abel  -  Teatro del Pueblo
Or the White Whale  -  Tashtego  -  Jon Ferguson Theater
The Depth of the Ocean  -  Mickey  -  Perpetual Motion Theatre Co.
The Boys in the Band  -  Larry  -  Starting Gate Productions

as Designer
The Last Days of Commodus - set - Four Humors Theater
Theater of the Tiny Clandestines  -  ice shanty  -  The Winding Sheet Outfit
600 Years  -  puppets / set / props  -  Sandbox Theatre
Queens  -  set  -  Sandbox Theatre
War With the Newts  -  set  -  Sandbox Theatre
This is a World to Live In  -  set  -  Sandbox Theatre
Beatnik Giselle  -  set  -  Sandbox Theatre
Unspeakable Things  -  set  -  Sandbox Theatre
.faust  -  set / puppets  -  Sandbox Theatre
The Mad Trapper of Rat River  -  set / props  -  Sandbox Theatre
The Horse, The Bird, The Monkey & The Dancer  -  puppets / masks  -  Sandbox Theatre

Awards and Recognition
McNabb Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Theatre - Millikin University, 2002
Playwright in Residence - Yaddo, 2006, 2007
Outstanding Male Performance - FringeFamous, 2011
Emotional Impact - Ivey Awards, 2012 (for Ballad of the Pale Fisherman)
Best of Fringe - Twin Cities Arts Reader, 2018 (for Blood Nocturne)
Outstanding New Work - Minnesota Theater Awards, 2018 (for The Privateer)

BFA Acting; Technical Theater minor - Millikin University, 2002

Musical Instruments
Guitar, bass guitar, piano, accordion, mountain dulcimer, banjo, balalaika, percussion

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