Derek Lee McPhatter
Derek Lee McPhatter’s recent plays include This App is Not the Business, a corporate America cyberspace dramedy, and Bring the Beat Back, a queer, black, sci-fi, music-theatre experience. Derek is currently a Tutterow Fellow at Chicago Dramatists where he is developing a new play on American political ambition, and a resident playwright at The National Black Theatre (Harlem) where he is writing a new play on technologies of healing. His works have been presented by The Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Institute of Contemporary Arts (London), The Drama League, Hi-ARTS, Otherworld Theatre Company, JACK, and the inaugural seasons of two Obie award-winning festivals: The Fire This Time Festival and 48 Hours in Harlem. Publications include Otherwise Oblivion, a featured play in the 2016 afrofuturism volume of Obsidian - Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora. He splits his time between Chicago, New York and Los Angeles.