Posting Date: October 18, 2010
Meet Daniel Terry: Designing the future
By Andrea C. Kirwan
Photo by Sarah Singleton
When multitalented Daniel Terry first came to Kennesaw State University, he was unsure of what to study. Shortly thereafter, he became involved in the Program in Theatre & Performance Studies and hasn't turned back. “At first I was unsure of exactly what I was going to major in and then I got here and started getting involved in the theatre program,” Daniel says. “I took a few classes and I really enjoyed the environment and the people I was working with. I decided that it was what I wanted to do."
Daniel shows great appreciation for all the professors in the program. He explains, "All the professors are very approachable, supportive and helpful. They are almost always the ones involved in directing shows and the amount of time we spend with them both in class and outside of class working on productions and projects makes it more fun. The professors are more available when you do need help academically and when you have those questions about your paper or your final project in the class."
With a concentration in design/technology, Daniel has contributed to the program in a variety of ways. Not only did he perform last year in Suzan-Lori Park's "365 Days/365 Plays," he also did the soundboard for the KSU production of "Bat Boy The Musical" last January and was also the assistant technical director for the production of "Fences." This fall, Daniel did the scene design for "This is Not a Drill: The Disaster Plays" and will run the soundboard for "Annie Get Your Gun" this October.
Although Daniel is heavily involved in design/technology at KSU, he also is the sound designer for Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville and works as the assistant technical director for Georgia Ensemble Theatre along with technical director and KSU alumnus Jonathan Rollins.
Assistant Professor Jane Barnette says, “Daniel Terry excels in research and writing as well as in the technical production area. He's a great example of the ‘scholar-artist’ that we hope to recruit and mentor in our department because his skills are visible both in the classroom and on—or behind—the stage.”
According to Daniel, success is about having a good attitude. “I think the reason somebody becomes successful is due to the fact that you have to work hard and have a good attitude about it. In the world of theatre, impressions are everything. You can work harder than anybody else, but if you have a bad attitude about it nobody is going to want to work with you. I'm excited to be able to do something I love."