Alum | Trent Kidd

We are incredibly proud of our alumnus Trent Kidd (Class of 2005). Born in Sydney, Australia, Trent’s journey has taken him across the globe, and he has made significant strides in the performing arts industry since moving to New York in 2018.

Most recently, Trent has been casted as part of the ensemble for CRAZY FOR YOU and where he will dance to Susan Stroman’s Tony Award winning choreography, which according to Trent, is a dream come true! “14-year-old Trent would never believe it!”

Trent showcased his talent at the Ogunquit Playhouse in the regional premiere of TOOTSIE THE MUSICAL, where he was part of the Ensemble and understudied the roles of Jeff and Ron. His previous performances at Ogunquit include being in the ensemble for ANNIE, directed and choreographed by James Rocco, and 42ND STREET, directed and choreographed by Randy Skinner.

Trent’s New York debut was marked by his work as a choreographer for The York Theatre Company’s Musicals in Mufti series, including FIFTY MILLION FRENCHMEN, THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ENTIRE WORLD AS SEEN THROUGH THE EYES OF COLE PORTER, and PANAMA HATTIE.

Before his move to New York, Trent made a name for himself in Australia with Opera Australia, serving as the Assistant Director on landmark productions of LA BOHEME and CARMEN, both staged as part of Opera Australia’s Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour season. He also contributed as the Assistant Director and Dance/Movement Assistant on TURANDOT and as the Dance/Movement Assistant on LA TRAVIATA at the Sydney Opera House.

Trent’s choreography talents were also showcased at the Hayes Theatre Co. in a production of ME AND MY GIRL and as the Associate/Resident Director on the Australian premiere of HEATHERS THE MUSICAL at the Sydney Opera House. His early career was shaped at the New Theatre, Sydney’s oldest continually producing theatre company, where he choreographed acclaimed productions of SWEENEY TODD, PRIVATES ON PARADE, THE HEIDI CHRONICLES, and MOTHER CLAP’S MOLLY HOUSE. In 2016, he returned to direct and choreograph the classic Australian musical SUMMER RAIN, which received rave reviews and a sell-out season, cementing his reputation as one of Australia’s most promising director-choreographers.

In addition to his theatre work, Trent is a highly sought-after tap teacher. He spent 10 years teaching at Sydney Dance Company and two years at DanceWorks in London’s West End. His students have gone on to perform in the West End and in Australian and international tours of musicals such as The Book of Mormon, Mary Poppins, and White Christmas.

Trent Kidd’s journey from our classrooms to international stages inspires our current students and exemplifies the opportunities that a foundation in performing arts can provide.