A native of Los Angeles, Derrel grew up in the Tarzana area and comes from a theatrical family. Derrel’s father (Arthur Friedman) was a Theatre Arts Professor at UCLA for forty-three years and his mother was an accomplished stage actress. Derrel has appeared as a series regular on such shows as ‘Happy Days’, ‘One Day at a Time’, Apple Pie’, & ‘Joanie Loves Chachi’. Derrel played ‘Jughead’, in ‘The Archie Show’, and starred as the teen killer in the 70’s cult-classic feature, ‘Massacre at Central High’.
As an acting coach and director for the last 25 years, he has taught for Estelle Harmon, Tracy Roberts, and for many of the top agencies around town. Derrel was highlighted on CNN in a special report on acting classes for kids.
Derrel has directed plays and musicals all over Los Angeles. Including South Pacific, Once Upon a Mattress, Grease, Oliver, The Music Man, Fiddler on the Roof, Bye Bye Birdie, Guys and Dolls, Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Willy Wonka, Damn Yankees, The Wizard of Oz, and High School Musical.
Derrel has been a SAG and AFTRA member for over 40 years, and as an award winning actor and director, he continues to perform, direct, and teach his craft, passing along his vast experience to thousands of actors and young adults in the entertainment industry.