THE BACK STORY
Terrence Atkins was born in the Arizona. His family moved from Arizona, to Wisconsin, to Florida, and then finally to California; all before Terrence turned twelve. His parents finally got a divorce when he was 13. His father moved out of state and his mother, Patricia, worked three jobs to raise Terrence and his brothers and sister by herself. His mother had been an English teacher at St. Louis University before her marriage. She was also an actor. After the divorce, she began auditioning again. Watching his mother on stage for the first time in "Seven Keys to Baldpate" really stuck with Terrence. She always encouraged Terrence to pursue his own creative side. Years later Terrence would get the chance to act, direct and write with his mother in numerous productions. He is forever thankful for all that he learned from her, including the five-seven chord.
Terrence is a graduate of the Theater Academy of Los Angles City College with a degree in acting. He continued his education and went on to study filmmaking where he wrote and directed the award-winning short film "Missing".
A longtime writer of songs, Terrence has also written musicals for the stage. A writer of book, music and lyrics, he is a member of the musical theater workshop NMI Inc., North Hollywood where, by chance, he was teamed with Jeffery Lyle Segal and Meagan Wygant. The trio wrote a very charming fifteen minute musical called "The Scout."
After that summer, Megan moved upstate, so Terrence and Jeffery began kicking around different ideas for a full length play. Terrence had been thinking about writing a story about an alien girl who comes to earth and falls in love with an Earth man. There were two characters in the short musical written by Wygant, Atkins, and Segal that Terrence and Jeffery thought had potential for further development in another bigger story. The alien musical "I Come for Love" had begun. The show follows a goofy alien girl the night she crash-lands in Roswell where a desperate tabloid reporter is stranded there looking for a story.
"I Come for love" was the winner of the Thousand Oaks Search for New Musicals, winner of the NMI search for new musicals, and received an invite to for a workshop production at the ATA Churnuchin Theater as part of the New York Music Theater Festival.
Currently, Terrence lives with his and beautiful and uber-creative, wife, Lindsey, and their two goofy kids. Life continues to be pretty darn interesting. Look at all those commas.