Assistant Professor of Theatre
Department of Theatre & Dance
Westiminster College of the Arts
Trent Blanton is an Assistant Professor of Theater in Westminster College of the Arts of Rider University. A proud active member of Actor’s Equity, Trent’s professional acting credits include: Sweet Charity (Aurora Theatre), Slippery as Sin (Passage Theatre Company), Les Miserables (Actors’ Playhouse), A Christmas Carol (Actors Theatre of Louisville), 1776 (Ford’s Theatre, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera); Fiddler on the Roof (Starlight Musicals of Kansas City & The MUNY of St. Louis); A Christmas Carol, Romeo & Juliet (Alliance Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew (Georgia Shakespeare); and Masada (York Theatre). Trent played virtually every major city in North America in the Broadway National Tour of Les Miserables and appeared in the Chinese premiere of Les Miz with Colm Wilkinson at the Shanghai Grand Theatre. A proud active member of the Society of Directors and Choreographers, directing credits include Company for the Florida Atlantic Festival Rep., Eurydice and the world premiere of The Jacques Brel Project featuring new translations of Brel’s work for the Florida Atlantic University professional training program. For the McCarter Theatre Company’s education programs, he has directed Urinetown and co-directed Romeo & Juliet and The Winter’s Tale. For the past two years, Trent has directed for New Jersey edition of the National One Minute Play Festival at Passage Theatre. At Rider University, Trent’s credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Striking 12, Anatomy of Gray, The Laramie Project. For his direction of Rider’s productions of The Crucible and Metamorphoses, Trent received an award for excellence in Directing from the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival. Upcoming directing projects include Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, the Youth Playmaking Festival at Passge Theatre and A Murder is Announced at Forestburgh Playhouse. Trent holds an MFA in Acting from Florida Atlantic University and a certificate in the practical study of the Michael Chekhov Technique with the Michael Chekhov Association. He serves as Vice Chair for the Acting/Directing committee of the Southeastern Theatre Conference.
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