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Derek Anthony Klena (born October 3, 1991)[1][2] is an American actor and singer. He originated the role of Eddie Birdlace in the stage adaptation of Dogfight,[3] and played Fiyero Tigelaar in the 10th anniversary company of Wicked on Broadway.[4] He had made appearances on television series such as Law & Order: SVU, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Blue Bloods.

Derek Klena
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Klena as Eddie Birdlace in Dogfight
Born
Derek Anthony Klena

(1991-10-03) October 3, 1991 (age 28)
OccupationActor, singer
Spouse(s)Elycia Scriven (m. 2018)

In 2016, he originated the role of Dmitry in Anastasia on Broadway. In 2018, he played Nick Healy in Jagged Little Pill at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Derek was born in San Dimas, California, where he began performing locally at the age of 6. He also had a passion for baseball, playing in high school for [South Hills High School] as a pitcher. He now resides in New York City, where he continues to perform on Broadway.

On October 1, 2017, Klena announced his engagement to longtime girlfriend Elycia Scriven, and they married in September 2018.[6]

Stage creditsEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Carrie Tommy Ross Off-Broadway
Dogfight Eddie Birdlace Off-Broadway
2013 Wicked Fiyero Tigelaar Broadway
2014 The Bridges of Madison County Michael Johnson Broadway
2014-2015 Diner Boogie DC Signature Theatre
2015 Unknown Soldier Francis Grand Williamstown Theatre Festival
2015-2016 Diner Boogie Delaware Theatre Company
2016–2018 Anastasia Dmitry Hartford, Connecticut and Broadway
2018-present Jagged Little Pill Nick Healy American Repertory Theater

FilmographyEdit

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2013 The Tomorrow People Dylan Episode: "Pilot"
2014 The Carrie Diaries Pvt. Robert Watson Episode: "Date Expectations"
2015 Law & Order: SVU Connor Howell Episode: "Devastating Story"
One Bad Choice Drew Episode: "Stephan Perez"
2016–2018 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Douglas Fingablast / DJ Fingablast 3 episodes
2016 Blue Bloods Cormac Phillips Episode: "Down the Rabbit Hole"
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Brandon Schmidt Episode: "Doping"
Quantico Eric Boyer Episode: "Kubark"
2019 The Code Adam Turnbull / Lt. Adam Turnbull 5 Episodes

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Derek Klena - Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  2. ^ "From Wicked to Anastasia: Take a Look at Derek Klena on the Stage - Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  3. ^ "Dogfight". Broadway.com. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  4. ^ Gioia, Michael (October 31, 2013). ""Wonderful": Lindsay Mendez, Derek Klena, Alli Mauzey and Cast of Wicked Soar at Musical's Tenth Anniversary on Broadway". Retrieved March 30, 2017.
  5. ^ McPhee, Ryan (Mar 20, 2018). "Anastasia's Derek Klena, Fun Home Alum Lauren Patten, More Join Alanis Morissette Musical Jagged Little Pill". Retrieved August 19, 2018.
  6. ^ "Anastasia's Derek Klena Is Engaged". Playbill. Retrieved December 1, 2017.