Since moving to San Francisco in 2007, Derek has worked as a dancer with Hope Mohr Dance, punkkiCo, Deborah Slater Dance Theatre, and Human Creature Dance Theatre, which he co-founded in 2008. He has choreographed for stage, film, commercials, and music videos. His work has been presented throughout San Francisco and Los Angeles.
In 2012, Derek and his partner Meegan Hertensteiner opened 975 Howard Studio, which served as a rehearsal/performance space for the bay area performing arts community. In 2015, the space was renamed Human Creature Studio and refocused to better serve the needs of Human Creature for rehearsals, classes/workshops, and performances.
Derek is always working on finding new ways of exploring, creating and expressing art.