Terrence “Terry” Dwyer

Executive Director

Terrence “Terry” Dwyer is the Executive Director of The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland.

A longtime arts leader, Dwyer brings more than 30 years of experience in executive leadership, financial planning, high-level fundraising and programming at major arts presenting organizations, both regional and national, to The Clarice. Dwyer has served in leadership positions at prominent presenting and producing organizations from New York to San Diego. From 2006 to 2019, he was the president of the internationally acclaimed Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County, California, a role he left with a strong legacy of artistic and educational excellence, collaboration, innovation and impactful community engagement. Dwyer has held the position of chief executive at La Jolla Playhouse, The Alley Theatre, Circle Repertory Company, Laura Dean Dancers & Musicians, the McCallum Theatre and the Kravis Center. Most recently, Dwyer was the consulting CEO for the Performing Arts Center-Eastside in Bellevue, Washington. He earned a master’s degree in directing for the theater from the University of Missouri and a Master of Fine Arts in theater administration from the Yale School of Drama.