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When people meet me for the first time it's almost immediate to people the amount of passion for theatre I have. Often I'm asked if I'm an actor. In truth, I'm terrified of being on stage. I like the craziness of working behind the scenes.
People often remark that "I was born in the right place" when they meet me. It was not until I left for college the first time in 2012 when I only begin to learn what that really meant. Stratford is just not where I was born, grew up and crafted my passion for theatre. Stratford is where I learned how to take myself from being a theatre patron to an Executive Director and a Theatre Producer.
How do you become such a person by the age of 27? Well, I always tell people I live, eat and breathe theatre every day. From Stratford to Toronto to New York City, I've learned from the best, the brightest and the most unlikely of people. It's those unlikeliest of people whom I have found became the ones who gave me the foundation to build Strictly Stratford Productions and The Coach. They let my imagination run wild and let the sparks fly.
- Derek Andrew Gabriel Kelly