Derek Hughes grew
up in Minnesota, where he studied acting at the University of Minnesota.
He also writes and performs original one-person plays, including Frankenstein at
the Hennepin Center for the Arts, Dreams at the Jungle Theater
all in Minneapolis, and Magic Exists most recently staged by
Dixon Place in New York City. Conjuring Cubans at Live Bait
Theater and Twice at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art
are ongoing collaborations with storyteller Antonio Sacre. His independent
film credits include Ground Rules, Cut Glass and Second
Story Man. In 1997 Derek and his collaborator Steve Cuiffo were
awarded First Place in stage magic by the International Brotherhood
of Magicians, for their performance Express Train. In June of
1998, they were invited to stage it again at the Hudson Theatre in
New York City. When not performing theatre, Derek travels the country
performing his magic at corporate events and meetings.