Derya Celikkol's love for performing was apparent from a young age. Any time she was with a group of friends she would direct and perform in her original shows with her friends with their parents as her audience. Her audience has expanded since coming to New York in 2011 to study at the Experimental Theatre Wing of the Tisch School of the Arts. During her time in New York, she has been in many productions, including works of John Jesurun and Pascal Rambert. She starred in many films including Daria the Great for which she got a "Best Actress" Award at the Lionshead Film Festival 2017 and Fairytale of New York with wide distribution in theaters in Turkey and featured on Turkish Airlines In Flight Entertainment. Her film Chains of Freedom which she directed and prodction designed brought her four awards from festivals around the US. She is currently working on finishing her film the Journey, which she co-directed with Sarah Leriche.