About Derek Andrew Gabriel Kelly
Derek Andrew Gabriel Kelly is a champion of the community and the creative design industry who takes pride in building relationships. Born in the city of Stratford, Ontario, he operates StratRED Industries and within the company portfolio runs The Stratford Sock Company, Koala Theatre Productions and Consulting and Strictly Stratford Production and The Coach. Derek is a two-time graduate of Lambton College in Sarnia, Ontario with a General Arts and Science - College Exploration certificate and a diploma in Industrial Management, Along with enrolling in Off The Wall, Stratford Artist’s Alliance’s, six-week Theatre Production program, all in 2014. Derek concluded graduation from Fanshawe College in London, Ontario in Theatre Arts - Technical Production in 2017. Derek has also completed a pre-apprentice Welding and Metal fabrication program from the Technical Training Group in Stratford. He currently works for Accumetal Manufacturing in Stratford.
Derek was the recipient of the 2011 St. Michael Catholic Secondary School's Humanitarian Award for his tireless work on The St. Michael's Rebuilding Team while in high school. The St. Michael's Rebuilding Team focused on rebuilding efforts in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Derek inspired over 100 students and 20 staff to travel to New Orleans to volunteer rebuilding homes in The Lower Ninth Ward, the hardest-hit area of New Orleans affected by the flooding.
Derek's training in theatre is extensive. He's trained with actors, artists, designers, and directors who have worked across Canada, The United States, The United Kingdom, and from just about every corner of the world. Hundreds of hours of training have come from The Stratford Festival of Canada.
When not busy Derek loves to travel. He frequents the Toronto theatre scene monthly and his international trips see him visit New York City the most often. When not travelling outside of Stratford Derek loves nothing more than seeing a production at The Stratford Festival, eating at one of the many restaurants, or shopping in downtown Stratford. Derek's passions go beyond Theatre and Socks. He has a lifelong passion for horses, sewing, quilting and farming including backyard vegetable gardening. Derek loves a well-shaken (Never stirred) cocktail, Ceaser Salad, Margarita Pizza, Lasagne, French Fries and Tiramisu but admits anything kind of dessert is good too and a good cup of tea.
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