Derek Ringold began his performing career at age 12 when his mother enrolled him in dance classes at a local dance studio in his hometown of Long Island, New York. With an evolving passion for theater throughout high school and in college at Loyola Marymount University in California, Ringold has taken on a variety of stage roles in Pippin, Balm in Gilead, Bricklodge, P.S. Your Cat is Dead, Teen Witch Live!, Daddy's 'lil Girl, and Danger Force Five as well as appeared on television in General Hospital and Cold Case.  He is also featured in the 2007 Outfest Documentary hit Rise Up & Shout!

He has danced with the Joffrey Ballet Jazz Outreach in NYC and performed/choreographed L.A. stage shows at Factory (Jason Dottley's Nation of Jason Tour 2011),  Key Club, Avalon, and Sunset Room.  

Derek is also a Barack Obama look-a-like impersonator and has appeared at events for Esquire Magazine and Rock The Vote. He is also featured as "Barack Obama" in the band, New Found Glory's "Radiosurgery" music video. 

Ringold was awarded the 2009 West Hollywood Arts Grant Award for his critically acclaimed one man show SO HARD, which had successful runs at the Zephyr Theatre in Hollywood as well as Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica.   

In 2011, Ringold premiered an evolved version of SO HARD called, I LOVE ME, I LOVE ME NOT at Studio C in Hollywood, CA. Part of the proceeds from this show benefited the important Trevor project-- protecting the lives of LGBTQ Youth.

Derek currently resides in Los Angeles where he is a personal trainer. His current solo project, MAN UP, premiered in the fall of 2013, with an enthusiastic return in January 2014. MAN UP is also being featured as part of the 2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival with select dates this summer.