Welcome to my website, where you will find everything you need to know about who I am, how I got my start, and what I am up to now. I am a mixed race actor, Native American (Wichita/Comanche) & Latino. Ever since I was young, I have had a true love for the arts. I set out to be an Actor that is fearless in my choices, risky in my artistry, and authentic in my artistic journey. Take a look around, and enjoy all that I have to offer. If you have a project that needs an actor, director or a creative eye, I am represented by the best agency in Chicago, Gray Talent Group. And managed by the best Management company in LA, Mills Kaplan Entertainment.
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What I’ve Got Going On
Our Town at Baltimore Center Stage
Sept. 22, 2022
"Oh, earth, you're too wonderful for anyone to realize you." - Thorton Wilder Our Town
I'm so fortunate to be a part of this production of OUR TOWN directed by the amazing Stevie Walker-Webb at Baltimore Center Stage. This cast & crew & artists have created such a community of love, joy, & laughter. The incredible amount of diversity on stage allows for the human story Thorton Wilder has written and under Stevie's open and generous direction, to flourish and come alive in the most beautiful of ways. This is a version of Our Town unlike any production you've seen, because it's told by such diverse voices and has such a Baltimore vibe. It has truly become Our Town that's happening in this town of Baltimore. Book your tickets now cause you don't want to miss it!
Derek Garza moves to DC
It was definitely a bittersweet moment to leave the city I called my Artistic Home after I finished graduate school, as well as my literal home where I started my family life with my beautiful wife, Tahani, and my crazy beautiful babies, Blaze and Storm.
Opening Night of Mother Road at Arena Stage
February 13th, 2020
I'm so proud to join this incredible cast from the amazing World Premiere at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to it's East Coast Premiere at Arena Stage! I happened to meet Octavio Solis on a plane from Ashland, OR on my way to Boston to revive my role as Cassio in OSF's production of Othello at American Repertory Theater. I recognized him and by chance we happened to sit across the aisle from each other. I introduced myself and told him how much I liked his work with Mother Road and had wanted to be a part of the production, but I was cast in the amazing production of Between Two Knees, another World Premiere at OSF. Fate would have it that Mother Road would get another life at Arena Stage in the beautiful Fichandler Theater. It also meant I would get another opportunity to be a part of the production and be in the rehearsal room again with director Bill Rauch! I was so thankful to be cast in the production, to work with the beautiful words of Octavio Solis, work with such amazing artists both backstage and onstage, and in an amazing theater! Happy Opening!!
“You have to look deeper, way below the anger, the hurt, the hate, the jealousy, the self-pity, way down deeper where the dreams lie, son. Find your dream. It’s the pursuit of the dream that heals you.”