As a producer, writer and director Terry Strauss has a keen sense of moving and effective ways to tell a story. Raised with a filmmaker father and a belief that film can inspire and change attitudes, perhaps this work was inevitable. But following graduation from UC Berkeley, she worked instead developing alternative Criminal Justice programs for the City of New York, some of which became national models.
During a brief stint as the weather girl for a local cable station in Aspen, CO, she discovered the appeal of communicating through film & video. From then on, she learned as she produced.
Of her first independent one hour special, THE MIND’S EYE: The Experience of Learning, Disney wrote:
“The office has been inundated with calls and letters from parents, teachers and professionals…“
Of her most recent public television series ULTIMATE RESTORATIONS, sponsoring station KQED said:
“The ratings and the response from audiences across the country have validated our own enthusiasm for the series.”
In between she’s produced programs for PBS, The Disney Channel, Lifetime, Corporate and Non-Profit organizations. She’s told award-winning stories of people, given voice to issues of children, homelessness and social justice, and focused attention on differing social and cultural pieces of our gigantic human puzzle.
Director & Executive Producer