Human Creature Dance Theatre

Derek Harris is a multi-disciplinary artist from Oklahoma City with experience in the visual arts, photography, theatre, music, dance, choreography, and writing.


A self-taught b-boy turned actor, Derek began his formal dance training at the University of Oklahoma, where he received several awards in modern dance in addition to scholarships to attend the American Dance Festival and the Joffrey Workshop in San Antonio, as well as his University of Oklahoma tuition.

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.