A memorial service will be held for William Terry Monday at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 27, on the A.A. Fredricks Stage in the Performing Arts Center of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. Monday, age 70, passed away March 17, 2022, at his home in Jacksonville, Florida.
Terry Monday was born November 5, 1951, in Shreveport, Louisiana, to William Horace Monday and Billie Sue Nelson Monday. Terry graduated Fair Park High School in 1969, and attended NSU, earning a BA in Speech and Journalism Education in 1975, and an MA in Speech and Theatre in 1981. While at NSU, Terry was the President of Tau Kappa Epsilon Social Fraternity and a photographer for the Current Sauce campus newspaper. Monday was a member of the University Players and Alpha Psi Omega Drama Fraternity.
Following graduation Terry toured with a children’s theatre group and several Broadway productions before relocating to Jacksonville and his life’s work, teaching technical theatre at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. He also was a member of the International Alliance of Theatre and Stage Employees Local 115.
Terry was an integral part in the formative years for several generations of theatre lovers. His passion for the arts and teaching helped his students build careers as stage managers, producers, designers, and technicians on Broadway and beyond. Students that did not find their way in the theatre were motivated by the pride in effort and strong work ethic he instilled in them.
After teaching for 25 years at DASOTA, he leaves a legacy of students, artisans and technicians to carry the mantra of his teaching, “Work hard, do your best, be proud.” Terry’s passion for the arts, music, gardening, his cats, and BMW motorcycles could always bring a colorful story, memory, or life lesson.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his younger sister, Kathie Monday Driver (Albert Richard “Dick” Driver, Jr.). He is survived by his nieces, Danielle Driver Roussel (Paul), Deann Driver, and Darcy Driver, grandnephew Sutton Driver, and grandniece MacKayla Milczarski, as well as numerous cousins and relatives in the Shreveport metro area.
In lieu of flowers, you may contact the NSU Alumni Association to make a donation to the Creative and Performing Arts Fund.