Derek Wolshonak

Derek Wolshonak, 44, director, choreographer and teacher, died Jan. 4 in New York of AIDS. He worked off-Broadway, directing the east coast premiere of “The Majestic Kid.”

His regional credits included work for the Delaware Theater Co., Theater by the Sea and Bristol Riverside Theater. Wolshonak also taught at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, where he directed the Soviet-American musical theater exchange, the Eastman School of Music and the U. of Michigan.

Wolshonak began his career as a dancer, appearing in the Broadway revival of “Oklahoma!” “The Prince Of Grand Street” and with the American Dance Machine.

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  1. Lynn Peare says:

    Derek was my director/choreographer for several shows. He was extremely talented, kind and patient. His creativity and imagination were enviable and each experience working with him was a pleasure. Taken too soon like so many his presence will forever be missed. Dreamt of him last night – strange but must have meaning. RIP Derek and thank you for all you taught me and the confidence you had in my ability.

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