About Terry Ross

Terry_RossTerry is an award winning film director, producer and actor of both stage and screen and the winner of the 2017 “Women in Film” Award at the San Diego Film Awards.  She began teaching her unique Acting Professionally workshops in San Diego in 1997 and her students have gone on to act in network series, feature films and work regularly in the industry.

She has acted, directed, and taught professionally over 30 years and served as a casting director on independent films, including “Siren”, a dialogue coach on network series “Push” and as a private coach.

Terry brings a holistic approach to the acting process, drawing from 15 years of study with proteges of Stella Adler and Uta Hagen, as well as 30 years of experience in the field, working under nationally renowned directors such as Oscar Eustis (Artistic Director of the Public Theatre who helped launch Tony award winners “Hamilton” and “Fun Home”  and Tony Taccone (Artistic Director of Berkeley Repertory theatre, who Playbill called “the most prominent artistic director in America”.)  She meets her students “where they are in their acting process” and draws on multiple disciplines including Stanislavskian technique, voice, movement and improv, to guide them forward in their growth as actors.
Terry is the winner of  “Best Director” and “Best Screenplay” from the Idyllwild International Film Festival and the Jury Award winner of  the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival for her 2014 short film, starring all Acting Professionally students, “The Last Resort” which was also the recipient of a Spirit Award,  included in the Best of San Diego’s 48 Hour film festival, the Temecula Valley International Film Festival, the San Diego Film Festival.  Her first union feature film, “Carving A Life” (almost exclusively starring AP students) has VOD distribution through Indie Rights and she has directed and produced three additional films for the 48 Hour Film Festival, all starring her students.  She was the co-founder and director of Julian’s Wild and Scenic Film Festival for four years.
Terry was a faculty member of the M.F.A.Professional Actor Training Program at the Old Globe for six years, and as well as theatre departments at University of San Diego, San Diego State University, and University of California, Davis.  She received comprehensive acting training from the renowned American Conservatory Theatre and  holds an M.A. in Education from Stanford University and an M.F.A. in directing from the University of California, Davis.

For more information on classes and schedules, call (760)-454-0382 or send an e-mail.