On the Couch with Trent Kidd

Trent Kidd oncWho is Trent Kidd?
Trent Kidd

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I couldn’t think of anything else I’d rather do besides work in theatre. I eat, sleep and breathe it.

Who inspires you and why?
As cliché as it sounds the likes of Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire and Tommy Tune all top my list. However I recently saw an interview on TV with Terri Irwin and she spoke about her life after the tragic loss of Steve and how she’s managed to overcome such a huge tragedy as a single mother and the head of an international business empire. It was one of the most inspiring interviews I’ve ever seen.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
If the only difference I make to the world is to give people a fun and entertaining night out at the Theatre then I will be very happy.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
It has to be New York City. I take my annual pilgrimage there every American summer and immerse myself in the incredible theatre scene for a few weeks. It’s always the best few weeks of the year. However Disneyland comes in a close second. They don’t call it the happiest place on earth for nothing.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take then to, and why?
I’m a huge lover of seafood, so anytime someone I know visits Sydney I use it as an excuse (not that I need one) to go to the Fish Markets in Pyrmont.

What are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading Steven Bradbury’s autobiography, The Last Man Standing. He was an Australian speed skater and was the first Australian to win a gold medal at a Winter Olympics. At the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City he came from behind to win Gold after all of his opponents had a crash and fell over in the final corner. It’s such a fascinating and incredibly inspiring book. I’d definitely recommend it.

What are you currently listening to?
I recently bought a record player and have collected a lot of old Broadway LP’s. So my poor neighbors currently have the sounds of Ethel Merman and Mary Martin on repeat coming from my house.

Happiness is?
Happiness is doing what you love and being surrounded by people you love.

What does the future hold for you?
It’s interesting you ask that question. This year is 10 years since I finished school and I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting. I was recently thinking back to when I finished school and thought about where I imagined I’d be in 10 years time. While it hasn’t ended up quite how I imagined, I wouldn’t change a thing. So I can only hope that my future is just as fun and exciting.

Trent Kidd studied Musical Theatre at McDonald College. Upon graduating in 2005 he moved to London where he took up the position of Tap Coordinator at Danceworks. While there he also became the private Tap coach for various West End performers.

Since returning to Sydney Trent has been teaching Tap at Sydney Dance Company. He played Kramer in Chris Horsey’s Seinfeld inspired Tap show 3 Hits And A Miss, which won the people’s choice award at the Short Sweet + Dance Festival. Trent was involved in the Australian tour of Trevor Ashley’s Fat Swan and originated the dual roles of Dave and Paddy in the new Australian Musical Frank, Christie, Frank Clarke!.

In 2012 Trent launched Just Kidd’n Productions and has produced, choreographed and performed in sell out seasons of his 1920’s vaudeville show The Sweet & Low Down – directed by Stuart Maunder, as well as the beyondblue charity concert Pants Off!. He has also been seen dancing in various Television Commercials, concerts and at numerous corporate events.

Trent is also an experienced choreographer having worked as the Assistant Choreographer on Sydney’s annual Chinese New Year Twilight Parade and Mardi Gras Parade since 2012, which have a cast of over 3000 performers. He has also choreographed various different corporate events as well as productions of Privates On Parade and Sweeney Todd for the New Theatre in Sydney.

Trent has recently choreographed New Theatre’s Mother Clap’s Molly House which is being presented as part of the 2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival until 7 March. For more information, visit: www.newtheatre.org.au for details.

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