A native of Washington, D.C., Stephan Terry received his early training as a child, singing in church choirs and playing classical piano. As a teen he started writing original songs with his gospel group and made appearances on the the Television Network, B.E.T. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, with a B.A. in Music-Emphasis Jazz Studies. Upon moving to Los Angeles, he has worked as a music director for various theatre productions. His Theatre Music Director credits include: Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (music director and acting in the role of ‘Jimmy Powers’), Salvage (Nominated for Music Direction by the Los Angeles Dram Critics Circle), The Wiz, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, Seussical the Musical, Beauty and the Beast, Sarafina (Nominated for Best Music Director, NAACP Theatre Awards), Recorded in Hollywood (Best Music Director, NAACP Theatre Awards), and South of Where We Live. He also served as music director for South of Where We Live and Bonita and Billie-The Life and Struggles of Billie Holiday, which were both featured at the National Black Theatre Festival. READ MORE>>>
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"Thanks to Lanie Robertson’s bedrock-basic script, Wren T. Brown’s dedicated staging, Karole Foreman’s extraordinarily vulnerable performance, and Stephan Terry’s elegant piano playing, Ebony Rep’s 90-minute revival of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill pays full homage to Billie Holiday’s heroism and heartbreak...."-Tony Frankel, Stage & Cinema
"Stephen Terry, at the piano as Jimmy Powers, supports Ms. Foreman musically and emotionally with faultless playing, and assists Billie with care and concern.." - Paul Myrvold, Theatre Notes
"Supported and accompanied by the powerful pianist and the show’s musical director Stephan Terry, who plays friend and fellow musician Jimmy Powers, we are treated to a parade of 14 of Holiday’s hits—including "God Bless the Child......" -Showmag.com
"...And Lanie Robertson’s play celebrating her artistic legacy—Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill— brings her brilliantly to life. The standing ovation at The Nate Holden Performing Arts Center was every bit as compelling as the one I heard at the Ahmanson Theatre. Bravo to its stars Karole Foreman and musical director Stephan Terry, and director and founder of the Ebony Repertory Theatre—Wren T. Brown!...." -Ross Altman, Folkworks
"...Foreman’s portrayal of Holiday is a definite showstopper, accompanied by her highly gifted jazz pianist extraordinaire, Stephan Terry...." -Bonnie Priever Curtain Up
"Terry is the show’s anchor, bringing Holiday back from her regrets and diatribes to sing yet another classic. His musical accompaniment and professional support of this fallen artist mean well but ultimately fail to lift her up. To the audience, though, he is a sunny spot in a dark forest. - Larchmont Buzz