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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: 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); Masada (York Theatre (NYC)). Trent played virtually every major city (and many minor ones) in North America in the Broadway National Tour of Les Miserables. He was also in the Chinese premiere of Les Miz in 2002 with Colm Wilkinson at the Shanghai Grand Theatre. Upcoming acting projects include the world premiere of Slippery as Sin at the Passage Theatre Company and a 9 actor “re-imagining” of Sweet Charity for Atlanta’s Aurora Theatre. 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. At Rider University, Trent’s credits include Striking 12, Anatomy of Gray, The Laramie Project, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and in the fall, Arthur Miller’s classic The Crucible. He continues his studies and research of the Michael Chekhov Technique with the Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA). Trent holds an MFA in Acting from Florida Atlantic University where he was the recipient of the Joshua Logan Graduate Fellowship.