Terri’s Biography

Here’s a little about me… which is written in the third person so it doesn’t sound too weird!

Terri Paddock (@TerriPaddock) is a theatre commentator, event producer and content and social media strategist with 20 years’ experience.

She co-founded and ran WhatsOnStage.com from 1997 to December 2013, building it into the UK’s leading theatre website. During that time, first as editor and later as managing and editorial director, Terri launched the audience-voted WhatsOnStage Awards; the WhatsOnStage Outings; and the WhatsOnStage Theatre Club.

More recently, Terri has also founded: ground-breaking musical theatre social media directory, www.stagefaves.com (@StageFaves); and, with fellow theatre commentator, Mark Shenton, independent theatre bloggers portal www.mytheatremates.com (@MyTheatreMates) and the “Also Recognised Awards”.

Terri has hosted launch events, conferences and awards ceremonies, and chaired hundreds of post-show Q&As with actors and creatives at all levels.

Born and raised in the US and emigrated to the UK in 1991, prior to WhatsOnStage, she worked as a freelance journalist (with myriad credits including the Evening Standard, Independent, Daily Express and The Times), a magazine editor and a public relations account director for blue-chip high-tech brands including Microsoft, Novell and Autonomy.

She is also the author of two published novels, Come Clean (HarperCollins) and Beware the Dwarfs (Little Brown), and have served as a board member of VocalEyes, a charity that provides audio-description services to blind and partially-sighted theatregoers. For more career information, please look Terri up on LinkedIn.

Terri’s Photos

If you need a photograph of me, please feel free to choose one from the gallery below – just click on your selection to download. These photos were taken at the West End’s Palace Theatre by Mads Holst of Holst Digital. Copyright Mads Holst.