A graduate of the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelors of Arts in Theatre and a Bachelor of Management in Finance. Although originally a theatre performer Derek began his transition into Arts Management as the Artistic Director/General Manager of the student run theatre company TheatreXtra. Following his graduation, Derek was hired by the Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge as the Communications Coordinator where he quickly became a leader in the arts community. Derek was promoted to the Assistant to the Executive Director where he took on many large projects, including the grand opening of the city’s new Community Arts Centre, the annual arts days’ festival, and various other community projects. Derek recently completed his Masters in International Arts Management where he studied at SMU in Dallas, HEC Montreal, and SDA Bocconi in Milan. During his time in his Master’s program Derek focused on strategic planning, consulting, arts funding, policy development, board governance, capital campaigns, government funding, and community development. Derek is excited to take on the role of General Manager at New West Theatre and bring his knowledge and expertise back to the theatre community in Lethbridge.
Sharon Peat has been a director and arts educator in Lethbridge for over thirty years. She directed Shape of a Girl for New West Theatre and has sat on the Board of Directors. In fact, many current New West performers were students in Sharon’s drama classes. At the Provincial High School Drama Festival, her students have received close to forty different honors over the years, from Outstanding Performance to Outstanding Production. At the Adult Drama Festival, her production was recognized with Best Production, Best Director and Best Actor Awards. Dedicated to fine arts development in Lethbridge, she is a strong advocate for the value of live theatre in our community.