Profile Type: Artist
Trish Denton

Originally from working-class Detroit, Trish Denton is a product of cultural expression born from extremes. A first generation college student, she put herself through school as a fortune teller, receiving a BA from Goddard College. Fascinated by untrained, folk, and emergent art, Trish deepened her research in cultural studies, receiving an advanced degree from Dartmouth College. The interdisciplinary artist devises and directs original works for the stage, borrowing from magic realism and the oral storytelling tradition.

For the better part of the last decade, Trish made her way as a youth theater director, directing countless productions with Burlington’s Very Merry Theatre. She served as co-host to the rabble-rousing Spielpalast Cabaret from 2008-2011 and toured with the company to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The fringe inspired her to write and direct the silently surreal Orkestriska’s Box, a multimedia collaboration with Thought Faucet and The Porter Music Box Museum that premiered in 2012. The following year, Trish collaborated with the Vermont Birth Network and Vermont Midwives Association to mount BIRTH, a documentary-theater piece based on ethnographic interviews with about birthing practices in America.

Since, Trish has worked with incarcerated and marginalized populations to produce documentary theater in non-traditional settings. She is the artistic director of In Tandem Arts, an organization that produces projects that fuse community, art, and education. To date, ITA has produced two full length productions, a holocaust education project and folk opera entitled Brundibar: A Musical Tale, as well the pandemic-era socially distanced spectacle Retro Spec. ITA has produced countless "immersions" in partnership with community organizations and advocacy projects . ITA has partnered with 350VT, VSAVT, Shelburne Museum, Burlington City Arts, Shelburne Farms, Porter Music Box Museum, and Counseling Services of Addison County to engage the community with new narratives.

Most recently, Trish has served on the production team with the award winning African-American theater company JAG Productions, and is the production designer of Listen Up!, a statewide theater initiative that has engaged over 800 Vermont teens to share their stories. She is the writer and director of Retro Spec, an innovative performance fusing film, theater, live music, and animation into a comprehensive new form for this new paradigm. 

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Job Title/Position: 
Interdisciplinary Artist - Performer, Director, Teaching Artist
Physical Address: 
Burlington, VT 05401
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Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Theater - General
Additional Disciplines: 
Literary Arts - General
Theater - Children's
Theater - Devised / Artist-Led
Theater - Storytelling
Populations Served: 
General Public
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Consulting - Curatorial Services
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Performance / Concert / Reading
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Production / Development
Writing Services
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
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Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Network of Ensemble Theaters
League of Professional Theatre Women
NET/TEN Seed Grant
Vermont Arts Council Artist Development
Sisters of Mercy Peace Initiative
I am on the following State Arts Agency Roster(s): 
Vermont Education Roster

I am a Touring Artist

Technical Requirements: 
In-ear monitor
PA System
Wireless Mic
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I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - Health
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Arts Integration - Mathematics
Arts Integration - Science / Technology / Engineering
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age