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 the Stratford, Ontario, he's the Executive Director and Producer of Strictly Stratford Productions.
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. In April 2019, Derek began a pre-apprentice Welding and metal fabrication program from the Technical Training Group in Stratford.
Derek has trained with actors, artists, designers, and directors who have worked across Canada, United States, United Kindom and from just about every corner the world.
For close to 20 years, Derek enjoyed riding horses at Thistledown Equestrian Center outside of Stratford, Ontario. Derek also performed maintenance on the 100-acre farm for owners Ellen and Barry Redden.
Derek's passion for theatre, art, and culture keeps him busy attending plays and musicals each year. Currently, Derek has been witnessing the kindness, compassion, and love of the worldwide Canadian smash hit Come From Away. Derek has seen the show more than 65 times in Toronto and New York City.
"My passion for art and culture began right here in Stratford. I really was born in the right place. I really try hard to keep up a pace of seeing between 60 and 100 productions a year. I really thank all the support from my family, friends, and patrons who attend my productions and events. Strictly Stratford Productions and The Coach could not be what they are today without all the support!"
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