Derrick Spiva

Derrick Spiva



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Derrick Spiva Ph.D. M.F.A. recently published “The Urban Playbook”, a collection of one act plays for urban youth and young adults; “The African American Music Survey” and “Sing Dance and Shout Through Oppression, The Story of Gospel Music ” both e-textbooks published through Top Hat Textbook Publishing. Dr. Spiva is currently a principle with, an Internet television network.

He is a Fulbright-Hayes Africana studies scholar in religion with post- doctoral seminar studies in Egypt and Israel. As an entertainment industry professional, he has performed professionally in theater and television for the past 25 years.

Derrick produced the hit series "Through Our Eyes" for PBS, and the Black Family Network for 12 seasons. He wrote and co-produced “Heresy” featured at the 1997 Reel Pride Film Festival for which he won a “Telly Award”. He co-created the “CEED” Broadcasting Internet Network. Derrick holds a Ph.D. in Theology from San Antonio Theological Seminary, a Masters of Fine Arts & Teaching Credentials from the University of California at Irvine,  and a Bachelor's in Communications and Business from California State University, Northridge. The NAACP and the United States Congress recognized him for outstanding service in educational performing arts and media (television and professional theater).