Franklin Trapp, Producer
Franklin is thrilled to present the Forestburgh Playhouse’s 71st Anniversary Season! Franklin began his theatrical career at the Forestburgh Playhouse, as a Resident Company member and also appeared in a national tour of Annie! and also performed at various regional theatres, including the Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. In 2004, Franklin took a hiatus from the theatre, during which time he earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University and subsequently practiced in Atlanta, Georgia for the world’s largest law firm. When he learned that current producer Norman Duttweiler was looking to retire, Franklin could not resist the opportunity to return to Forestburgh and maintain and grow the rich cultural legacy that the Playhouse provides for Sullivan County. Franklin has a long association with the Forestburgh Playhouse beginning in 2001 as a Resident Company Member. He remained at the Playhouse every summer through 2004, earning his equity card, writing and directing children’s shows, directing cabarets and directing mainstage productions such as the Playhouse’s first production of The Sound of Music. While at the Forestburgh Playhouse, Franklin appeared in numerous productions, including, 1776, Titanic, Ragtime, My Fair Lady, Witness for the Prosecution, Catch Me If You Can, Miss Saigon, Evita, La Cage Aux Folles, and Hello Dolly!, to name a few. Franklin’s partner, John Bubb, also a Playhouse alum and a CRNA at Catskill Regional Medical Center, will share his talents as an artistic advisor. Franklin and John, and their Playhouse Pets—Lucy, Joey, and Elvis are excited to not only live full-time in the Sullivan County Catskills, but also to have the opportunity to be a part of a New York cultural landmark—The Forestburgh Playhouse!
Trent Blanton, Artistic Associate
Trent Blanton (Director) is an Assistant Professor of Theater 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: La Cage Aux Folles (Forestburgh Playhouse), Sweet Charity (Aurora Theatre), Slippery as Sin (Passage Theatre Company), Les Miserables (Actors’ Playhouse), 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). Trent played virtually every major city in North America in the Broadway National Tour of Les Miserables and appeared in the Chinese premiere of Les Miz with Colm Wilkinson at the Shanghai Grand Theatre. Upcoming acting projects include the New Jersey premiere of EM Lewis’ The Gun Show and the world premiere of The Goldilocks Zone, both at Passage Theatre Company.
For the McCarter Theatre Company’s education programs, he has directed Urinetown and co-directed Romeo & Juliet and The Winter’s Tale. Productions for Rider University include Anatomy of Gray, Striking 12, The Laramie Project, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Our Town and the upcoming New Jersey premiere of Alejandro Sieveking’s The Praying Mantis. 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. A resident artist with the Forestburgh Playhouse, Trent directed A Murder is Announced for the 2014 and will direct Oliver for the 2015 summer season.
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 Vice Chair for the Acting/Directing committee of the Southeastern Theatre Conference. Trent is also a member of the Association of Theatre Movement Educators and the Musical Theatre Educators Association. At Rider, Trent teaches acting in both the Theatre Performance and Musical Theatre programs.