Staff Profile: Terence Crawford
Head of Acting
Terence Crawford is an actor, playwright, dramaturg, director, author, songwriter, and one of the most experienced and respected acting teachers in Australia. He has held Head of Acting roles at Theatre Nepean, NSW, as well as in Singapore at both TTRP (now known as the Intercultural Theatre Institute) and LASALLE College of the Arts. Australia’s leading publishers of theatrical material, Currency Press, have published two books by Terence, Dimensions of acting: An Australian approach, (2011) and Trade Secrets: Australian actors and their craft (2005). He has directed at Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), and been a guest at L’ecole internationale de theatre Jacques Lecoq, Paris.
He graduated from the NIDA as an actor in 1984, and has since achieved a Masters (Hons) from James Cook University in 2000 with a dissertation on Chekhov in an Australian cultural context, and is in the final year of writing his PhD (University of Sydney), an ethnography of actors in rehearsal, focused on the political and industrial imposts on the actor’s art-making.
Terence has acted with many of Australia’s major theatre companies, and, since returning to Australia in 2008, has been a leading player for the State Theatre Company of South Australia, appearing as Albany in King Lear (2009), Capulet in Romeo and Juliet (2010), and Judge Brack in Hedda Gabler (2013), among other productions. In 2011, Terence was appointed to the Board of Governors of STCSA.
As a playwright, Terence has had work produced by Griffin Theatre Company, New Theatre, Theatre of Image and Sydney Theatre Company, as well as many smaller companies, and has had work produced on radio and television. His plays include: Shondelle the Tiger; Fuck ‘em if they can’t take a joke; and the verse comedy hit, Love’s Triumph. Among his radio plays is Seminary Songs, with original songs by Terence and his song-writing partner of 36 years, Richard Davies.
As well as teaching acting, Terence has taught play-writing, dramaturgy, and directing at under-graduate and post-graduate levels.
A director of more than twenty productions, Terence has a particularly strong interest and history in Shakespeare, having directed ten of his works.
In 2013, University of Adelaide honoured Terence by awarding him the title of Adjunct Professor, and the Minister for the Arts appointed him a member of the Peer Assessment Panel for Arts SA.