Derek Wills (played by Jack Davenport) is a Tony and Olivier Award-winning Broadway director who recently signed on to direct a project based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, with early collaborator Tom Leavitt.The relationship between Tom and Derek is strained from slights that occured the last time they worked together. Julia and Eileen however, have no problem with Derek. Derek and Ivy begin sleeping together during Callback,when she becomes Marilyn. They have relationship problems all through the season before they finally break up. Derek is a diva who does not enjoy collaboration, and resents any attempt to challenge his authority in 'his' show. This leads to conflicts with all the other members of the creative team, though in most cases Derek winds up getting his own way. A true son of the West End, Derek Wills spent his childhood shadowing his father, Charles Wills, a well-known orchestral flautist.
Winner of two Olivier Awards for productions of "Uncle Vanya" and "Greater Title." Broadway: "The Full Monty," "Chicago," "Hairspray," "Uncle Vanya," "Greater Title," "Wit." West End: Regional/Off-Broadway: "The Sea Gull" (BAM); "Love in Crimea" (Theatre Sans Argent); "A Streetcar Named Desire" (Williamstown); "The Butterfly Collection" (Playwrights' Horizons); "Current Events" (Manhattan Theatre Club); "Love Soup" (Naked Angels); "Cedar City Falls: Unplugged" (Galapagos Arts Center); "The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow" (The Atlantic Theater); "String Fever" (Ensemble Studio Theater); "a.m. Sunday" (Actors' Theatre of Louisville); "Maria/Stuart" (Woolly Mammoth). Wills was nominated for a Tony and a Drama Desk award for "The Full Monty." Wills' independent film credits include "The Underbelly" (New Line) and "Home for Good" (Lionsgate). He has also directed several BBC specials and is an Adjunct Professor of Directing at LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art).
|“||Don't be afraid of the sex.||”|
–Derek, The Coup
|“||There's nothing safe about being a star.||”|
–Derek, The Cost of Art
|“||No matter what happens next don't ever doubt you are a star.||”|
|“||I see her in my head. I can't help it. I see her. She just has something you don't. I'm sorry.||”|