Addison Business Association

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Addison Business Association

September 2007

Terry Martin,
Producing Artistic Director, Water Tower Theatre
The Business of Making Theatre
September 5, 2007 at Water Tower Theatre

Originally from South Alabama, Terry is the Producing Artistic Director for WaterTower Theatre (WTT) in Addison.

Terry spent 11 ½ years in New York City, where he pursued acting and ultimately expanded his career to include both directing and teaching. He moved to Dallas in 1992 and worked steadily in the DFW market as a free-lance director, actor and teacher. Terry was hired as the first Artistic Director for WaterTower Theatre in August of 1999. Since then, he has lead WTT to over 60 Dallas Theatre League Leon Rabin Award nominations and 7 Dallas Critic's Forum Awards. He is a multiple winner for Best Direction from the both the Dallas Theatre League, the Dallas Theatre Critics Forum, and the Column Awards, as well as receiving Best Theatre Director from the Dallas Observer. Under his direction, WaterTower has more than doubled its subscription base and attendance has been at over 90% of capacity for the last three seasons.

His directing credits at WTT comprise many diverse types of material, including Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd (2002 DTL Leon Rabin Award - Best Direction of a Musical), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (2002 DTL Leon Rabin Award - Best Direction of a Play), Cabaret, It Ain't Nothin but the Blues, You Can't Take It With You, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Rockin' Christmas Party, Little Shop of Horrors, and Truman Capote's Holiday Memories. At Plano Repertory Theatre (PRT), Terry directed the award winning production of Journey's End (2000 DTL Leon Rabin Award - Best Direction of a Play) which won a total of 8 Leon Rabin Awards in 2000. In NYC, Terry was a company member/associate producer with NYC's Village Theatre Company (VTC) and directed various projects at VTC, Carnegie Hall Studios and Theatre at St. Marks.

A distinguished actor as well as director, his performance credits include Dinner With Friends, The Guys, bash: latterday plays, (2001 DTL Leon Rabin Nominee for Best Actor in a Play), Woman in Black (2000 DTL Leon Rabin Nominee for Best Actor in a Play), ABC Television's One Life to Live, NBC's To Serve and Protect, The Lonely Planet, Sight Unseen, as well as many other film, television and regional theatre appearances. Off-Broadway, Terry appeared in The Normal Heart and Anima Mundi. Terry won both a 1998 Dallas Critics Forum Award and a 1998 DTL Leon Rabin Award for Best Actor in a Play for his performance in Dan Butler's The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Me. The Dallas Observer chose Terry as Best Actor in 1996 for his performance in Lips Together, Teeth Apart at Stage West in Fort Worth.

His first play, A Country Life, an adaptation of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, received a Dallas Morning News Top in Theatre and a Dallas Theatre League Award for Best New Work in 2005. Terry presently teaches on-going classes in the Sanford Meisner Technique at WTT, as well as serving as Adjunct Professor of Acting at the University of Texas at Dallas.