Assistant Professor II
Trent Blanton is an Assistant Professor of Theater in Rider University’s Westminster College of the Arts. A proud active member of Actor’s Equity and the Society of Directors and Choreographers, 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 (NYC)). He 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.
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 A Midummer Night’s Dream, Striking 12, Anatomy of Gray, The Laramie Project. For his direction of Rider’s production of The Crucible, Trent received an award for excellence in Directing from the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival. Upcoming projects at Rider include Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses and Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. Trent is actively involved in Passage Theatre Company’s Playwrights Lab as both an actor and director.
Trent recently completed the certificate program in the practical study of the Michael Chekhov Technique with the Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA). He holds an MFA in Acting from Florida Atlantic University where he was the recipient of the Joshua Logan Graduate Fellowship. He currently serves as Vice Chair for the Acting/Directing committee of the Southeastern Theatre Conference (the world’s largest theatre conference for professional and educational theatre), and he is an active respondent for the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival.
At Rider, Trent teaches the styles sequence (Chekhov & Shakespeare) in the Theatre Performance and Musical Theatre programs. This spring he will be teaching a course in Devised Theatre using the Michael Chekhov Technique.