Trent Blanton is an Associate Professor of Theatre 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: Young Frankenstein, La Cage Aux Folles (Forestburgh Playhouse (where he is also an Associate Artist and Resident Director). The Gun Show, The Goldilocks Zone and Slippery as Sin (Passage Theatre Company), 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). Trent played virtually every major city in North America in the Broadway National Tour of Les Miserables and appeared in the Chinese premiere with Colm Wilkinson at the Shanghai Grand Theatre.
Professional directing credits include A Murder is Announced, Oliver! and To Kill a Mockingbird (Forestburgh Playhouse); Company (Florida Atlantic Festival Rep); Eurydice and The Jacques Brel Project (Florida Atlantic University); Romeo and Juliet and The Winter’s Tale (co-direction) and Urinetown (McCarter Theatre Education Programs). Recently, Trent directed his first opera, Falstaff (Westminster Opera Theatre). Rider productions include Anatomy of Gray, Striking 12, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Laramie Project, Our Town, The Crucible, Metamorphoses, The Praying Mantis, The Penelopiad, She Kills Monsters and the upcoming Once on This Island. 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.
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 committee of the Southeastern Theatre Conference. Trent teaches acting in both the Acting and Musical Theatre programs at Rider University.