Associate Professor

Department Name 
Theatre and Dance

Office Location 
Fine Arts 137
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Trent Blanton

Trent Blanton is an Associate Professor of Theater in Westminster College of the Arts of Rider University. A proud active member of Actor’s Equity and the Society of Directors and Choreographers, Trent’s professional acting credits include: La Cage Aux Folles and Young Frankenstein (Forestburgh Playhouse), Sweet Charity (Aurora Theatre), The Gun Show, The Goldilocks Zone and 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.

For the McCarter Theatre Company’s education programs, he has directed Urinetown and co-directed Romeo & Juliet and The Winter’s Tale. Productions for Rider University include Anatomy of Gray, Striking 12, The Laramie Project, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Our Town, Alejandro Sieveking’s The Praying Mantis and The Penelopiad.  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. A resident artist with the Forestburgh Playhouse, Trent directed A Murder is Announced and Oliver!

Trent holds an MFA in Acting from Florida Atlantic University where he was the recipient of the Joshua Logan Fellowship and a certificate in the practical study of the Michael Chekhov Technique with the Michael Chekhov Association. He currently serves as Chair for the Acting/Directing committee of the Southeastern Theatre Conference. At Rider, Trent teaches acting in both the Theatre Performance and Musical Theatre programs.