THE BACK STORY
Terrence Atkins was born in the Arizona. His mother was a teacher and his father was starting a business, so the family was searching for the right place. Arizona, to Wisconsin, to Florida, and then finally to California; all before Terrence turned twelve. His mother, Patricia, was an English teacher at St. Louis University. She was also an actor. Watching his mother on stage for the first time in "Seven Keys to Baldpate" really stuck with him. Years later Terrence would get the chance to act, direct and write with his mother from whom he learned so many things, including the five-seven chords.
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 his short film "Missing" was screened in festivals from California to New York.
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.
After that summer, Megan had moved upstate and so Terrence and Jeffery began kicking around different ideas for a full length play. Then Terrence mentioned he'd been thinking about writing a story about an alien girl who comes to earth and falls in love with an Earth man. There were also 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 in town looking for a big 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 equally creative, and beautiful, wife, Lindsey, and their two goofy kids. Life continues to be pretty darn interesting. Look at all those commas.