Terra Wellington is an American producer, writer, and actor. Her start as a young writer and performer began in Chicago, in speech and concert piano competitions, along with beginnings in journalism and a love for international cinema.
She is drawn to exploring how culture and beliefs affect our decisions and relationships. Her current creative focus areas are on narrative works that humanize female characters who struggle against the odds, stereotypes, and society. Additionally, Terra’s writing and producing weave character-driven stories into socially relevant topics.
Terra is currently the lead producer for her sci-fi thriller feature, HABITABLE, via her production company Three Ring Nickel. The film is set in 2040, with the climate emergency front and center, and themes of reconciliation and forgiveness.
“HABITABLE is simultaneously terrifying and gut-wrenchingly familiar, but the writer weaves a delicate thread of hope within the catastrophic story. Each scene carefully boosts tension, with clear high stakes even as those stakes shift with each new element…the writer deftly reveals how human behavior adapts under the weight of these new circumstances and that is where the greatest terror lies.” — The Black List
Also, Terra is the executive producer and creator of the one-hour supernatural drama television series MAGNOLIA HILL (PGA Create Finalist 2022; Quarterfinalist at CineStory, Screencraft, & BAFF) and the half-hour paranormal drama TWO SANTA ANAS (BAFF Official Selection) based on the short story “Two Santa Anas” — both series have female leads. Further, she is the recipient of the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation grant for her short film writing, a foundation of George Lucas and Mellody Hobson.
Prior commissioned works include the adapted feature screenplay YANKEES WEST about the injustices and triumphs in 1930s Los Angeles, co-creator and writer of the children’s television series PRINCESS ZARA with themes of boosting children’s self-esteem, and co-creator of the unscripted wellness series INSIDE OUT.
Her background includes — writer of two climate-action books: author of “The Mom’s Guide to Growing Your Family Green: Saving the Earth Begins at Home” (St. Martin’s Press) and chapter contributor to “The Reducetarian Solution” (TarcherPerigee). Known for her wellness and environmental activism, Terra has appeared in over 2000 television news guest interviews and hundreds of articles, including penning her own U.S. nationally syndicated wellness column.
As a performer, she cultivated her acting talents through extensive performing and training in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and the UK, including with Gregory Berger-Sobeck of Yale University. She has worked in television and film, predominantly as a lead in indie films portraying sophisticated women in uncertain, vulnerable situations.
Terra resides in Los Angeles. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA, Film Independent, and The Gotham. Also, she has served as an Advisor and Community Leader at Sundance Institute’s Collab, with her current position being Ambassador for the Green Film School Alliance of the Environmental Media Association.