Trent designed the world premiere season of Muriel’s Wedding The Musical directed by Simon Phillips for Sydney Theatre Company and Global Creatures. Trent’s further designs for STC including Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Talk, Hay Fever. His prior engagement with Simon Phillips was the commercial season of Eddie Perfect’s The Beast for Ambassador Theatre Group.

Trent has collaborated with composer Kate Miller-Heidke and designer Gabriela Tylesova on the multi-award winning production The Rabbits for Opera Australia and Barking Gecko Theatre Company, which toured to major Australian festivals. Trent’s lighting for The Rabbits was recognised with a WA Performing Arts Award and a Green Room Award nomination for Best Lighting Design of an Opera.

Following this commission Trent was invited by Opera Australia to light John Bell’s repertory production of Carmen, and the inaugural season on the Opera House forecourt: Sydney Opera House – The Opera [The Eighth Wonder]

Trent began his early career under the wing of Black Swan State Theatre Company. He created set and lighting designs for Dinner, Shrine and Death of a Salesman, and lighting designs for Next to Normal, The Red Balloon, Extinction, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Motherf**ker With The Hat, Boy Gets Girl, Arcadia, The White Divers of Broome, When The Rain Stops Falling, The Dark Room, pool [no water] and co-productions with Queensland Theatre Company for Gasp!, Managing Carmen, Other Desert Cities, and with Melbourne Theatre Company for National Interest.

Trent also lit The Sapphires for Black Swan/Belvoir, including the National Tour and seasons in South Korea and London’s Barbican Theatre.

Other recent designs include Griffin Theatre Company: Prima Facie, Feather In The Web, Kill Climate Deniers and co-production with Malthouse Theatre: The Homosexuals, or ‘Faggots’. For Barking Gecko Theatre Company: Duck, Death and the Tulip and World Premiere of Jasper Jones. For Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company Waltzing The Wilarra at Perth International Arts Festival, and for Performing Lines / Sydney Festival: I Am Eora.

His musical theatre highlights include designs for The Production Company, Melbourne: The Boy From Oz, Jesus Christ Superstar (Green Room Award Nomination), Dusty, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Kismet, The King and I. For Trevor Ashley: The Bodybag – The Panto (set and lighting). For the Hayes Theatre Company: Gypsy, The View UpStairs, Darlinghurst Nights, Only Heaven Knows and Calamity Jane. The latter has enjoyed an Australian Tour with two return seasons to Melbourne, and earned Trent a Green Room Award nomination.

In 2015 Trent received the Mike Walsh Fellowship and a WA Department of Culture and the Arts Young People Fellowship, and he went on to assist at Toneelgroep Amsterdam with Ivo van Hove and Jan Versweyveld on their Shakespearian epic Kings of War.

Trent is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Production & Design).


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