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ABOUT THE ARTIST
Derek Lee McPhatter is committed to new work at the intersection of race, class, gender, sexuality, and technology. He recently completed a Chicago Dramatists Tutterow Fellowship where he developed Real Talk with Auntie B, a satire on American ambition, and also completed an I Am Soul residency at the National Black Theatre in Harlem where he developed Serious Adverse Effects, a futuristic play on the technologies of healing. Bring the Beat Back, his queer, black, sci-fi, music theatre experience, features music developed in collaboration with avery r. young, Manchildblack of the Illustrious Blacks, Alexa Grae, and others. Outside of theater, McPhatter has developed several digital media projects, including HIVE, a sci-fi anthology series cocreated with Stephanie Jeter and Tim Maupin. Other organizations that have supported McPhatter’s work: OTV | Open Television, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Otherworld Theatre Company, the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, and The Drama League.