Trent is a versatile lighting designer, recognised as a collaborative and dynamic artist, working across all genres and forms of live performance.
2019 began with Calamity Jane return Comedy Theatre season and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice starring Caroline O’Connor and Geraldine Hakewell. Muriel’s Wedding The Musical begins it’s next life with Trent’s new lighting designs for a season at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne and returning to Sydney at the Lyric Theatre from June.
Trent returns to Griffin Theatre Company twice in 2019 (Prima Facie and First Love Is A Revolution) both directed by Lee Lewis, and he makes his debut with Ensemble Theatre (FOLK). Trent has been invited back to Perth to light the World Premiere of MIMMA The Musical, and WAAPA’s major musical Strictly Ballroom.
2018 ended with director Sarah Giles and designer Jonathon Oxlade for Accidental Death of An Anarchist at Sydney Theatre Company, and director Ben Winspear for Feather In The Web at Griffin Theatre Company. Other designs included Darlinghurst Nights, The View UpStairs and Gypsy at the Hayes Theatre and remounts of The Show Goes On starring Bernadette Robinson and Australian Tour of Calamity Jane starring Virginia Gay. He rejoined director Lee Lewis for Kill Climate Deniers at Griffin, and lit Summer of the Seventeenth Doll for Black Swan State Theatre Company, Trevor Ashley's The Bodybag - The Panto at Sydney Opera House and Comedy Theatre Melbourne, and The Boy From Oz for The Production Company.
In 2017 Trent created designs for Only Heaven Knows and Calamity Jane at The Hayes Theatre, The Homosexuals, or 'Faggots' for Malthouse Theatre / Griffin Theatre, and TALK by Jonathan Biggins for Sydney Theatre Company. He remounted his design for John Bell's Carmen for Opera Australia and is lighting Jesus Christ Superstar for director Gale Edwards, both in the State Theatre Melbourne.
2017 ended with Trent lighting Muriel's Wedding The Musical with director Simon Phillips and designer Gabriela Tylesova for Sydney Theatre Company and Global Creatures' premiere season.
2016 began with the Sydney Festival and Brisbane seasons of the Helpmann Award winning opera The Rabbits. This premiere Australian opera was produced by Opera Australia and Perth’s Barking Gecko Theatre Company. Following this successful endevour Opera Australia commissioned Trent to light their new production of Carmen directed by John Bell playing throughout Winter and their first venture performing on the Opera House steps, with The Eighth Wonder. In the Drama Theatre he lit Hay Fever for Sydney Theatre Company, and The Beast for Ambassador Theatre Group, directed by Simon Phillips.
Trent's early career was championed by Black Swan State Theatre Company, lighting design commissions for over twenty productions, including: 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 and co-productions with Queensland Theatre Company: Gasp!, Managing Carmen, Other Desert Cities, with Melbourne Theatre Company: National Interest, and with Belvoir: The Sapphires, which toured nationally and internationally to South Korea and London.
For Black Swan, Trent also created Set & Lighting designs for the World Premiere of Tim Winton's Shrine which was the Western Australian representative at the Centenary of Canberra Festival in 2013, together with designs for mainstage seasons Dinner and Death of a Salesman.
Other notable lighting credits include: I Am Eora for Sydney Festival, the World Premiere indigenous epic; and Waltzing the Wilarra, the hit of the 2011 Perth Festival for Yirra Yaakin Noongar Theatre - all directed by Wesley Enoch.
For The Production Company in Melbourne he lit Nice Work If You Can Get It, Kismet and The King & I, and the new production of Dusty The Musical.
He was engaged by the Jackman Furness Foundation for the Performing Arts to light their Launch Event, and by Trevor Ashley to light the Orlando shooting fundraiser "From Sydney With Love" at Sydney Town Hall.
In 2015 Trent received a Mike Walsh Fellowship and a WA Young People Fellowship, in 2014 a Creative Professionals Grant both from the Australia Council for the Arts, and in 2010 Trent was recognised as an emerging talent with an Artstart Grant.
He is a graduate of WAAPA, the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, with a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Production & Design)