Terence Clarke’s career has moved between music, theatre, and teaching. After graduating BA (Music Hons I) from Sydney University, he taught Mathematics for a time. He has acted in English repertory, for Nimrod, and for the National Theatre Company, Perth, where he was Associate Director for two years. He was Foundation Artistic Director of the first regional professional theatre company in Australia, Newcastle’s Hunter Valley Theatre Company, and has been the Artistic Director of the Australian National Playwrights Conference, and Head of Directing at NIDA.
Terence has directed over 140 productions, and for most of the leading theatre companies, notably the premières of John O'Donoghue's A Happy and Holy Occasion and Janis Balodis' Backyard, and the workshop of Balodis' Too Young for Ghosts. He composed the music for three musicals to the late Nick Enright's book and lyrics: The Venetian Twins, Variations (winner of the1983 NSW Premier's Literary Award for Drama), and Summer Rain. Other major work includes the music to book and lyrics of Dorothy Hewett, Ron Blair, John Croyston, and George Hutchinson. In 2007 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the performing arts as a director, actor, writer, composer, and educator.