Terri Paddock (@TerriPaddock) is a theatre influencer, event producer and content and social media marketing strategist with over 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: musical theatre social media directory, www.stagefaves.com (@StageFaves); and independent theatre bloggers portal www.mytheatremates.com (@MyTheatreMates). As part of the Terri Paddock Group, Terri runs these along with her legendary post-show talks programme, Twitter masterclasses, theatre news Twitter channel StageTalk (@StageTalkUK) and the annual Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards, as well as selected client projects.
Terri has hosted launch events, conferences and awards ceremonies, and chaired hundreds of panel discussions 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.