There’s a term in theater, the “inciting incident” which is described as “the moment, event or decision that thrusts the main character in the action of a story.”

Terrence “T.M.” Pride, the producing artistic director of Brévo Theatre and director of dance at Dillard High School for the Performing Arts, said that moment for him was “when my high school dance teacher convinced me to audition for ‘Gypsy’ and I got an actual speaking role.” Originally cast as a dancer, Terrence surpassed expectations and took on the role of Patsey, the stage manager, in the opening act of the play. This experience marked a pivotal point in his journey.