Programs are designed and implemented by artist and educator, Trish Denton, often accompanied by a team of interdisciplinary artists.
Trish Denton hails from Detroit’s ailing sister city – Pontiac, Michigan. The interdisciplinary artist writes for the stage, as well as folklore and magic realism for all ages. Primarily, she devises and directs original theater. Trish put herself through school as a street performer receiving a BA from Goddard College. During this time she was also the Artistic Director of ClothingChange, an organization that facilitated collaborations between artisans in developing nations and young, urban makers. The project partnered with The Green Festival, Pure Detroit and Marketplace: Handwork of India to produce fashion shows as educational events. Following school, Trish made her living as a children’s theater director, directing countless productions with Burlington’s Very Merry Theatre. She served as co-host to the rabble-rousing Spielpalast Cabaret from 2009-2011 and toured with the company to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The fringe inspired her to write and direct her first full-length show, the silently surreal Orkestriska’s Box. A collaboration with Thought Faucet Studios and The Porter Music Box Museum, this multimedia production premiered at the end of 2012. The following year, Trish collaborated with the Vermont Birth Network and Vermont Midwives Association to direct BIRTH, a documentary-theater piece based on ethnographic interviews concerning birth in America. True to ITA’s style, the production featured a mixed cast of doctors, nurses, performing artists and newcomers to the stage. In 2013 Trish was selected among the top teaching-artists in the state for an intensive training in Universal Design for Learning, an inclusive pedagogy for integrated arts curriculum. While pursuing an advanced degree from Dartmouth College from 2014-2016, Trish was involved with Telling My Story, an applied theater project using theater and ethnography in correctional and rehabilitation facilities. During this time, she also became active with JAG Productions, a professional black theater company based in rural Vermont. She continues to serve on the design team with this award winning company. With an MA in Pedagogy and Performance Studies, teamed with professional training from the Flynn Center for The Performing Arts, Vermont Arts Council, St Micheal’s College, and Vermont Folklife, Trish is highly skilled in designing innovative arts and education programming for museums, schools and cultural institutions. With this leadership, In Tandem Arts creates projects that fuse arts and education. ITA also functions as an agency for socially-engaged artists, as well as a production company for socially-engaged stage productions in partnership with larger organizations. ITA has partnered with Shelburne Museum, Burlington City Arts, Shelburne Farms, Porter Music Box Museum, and Bonaroo Music Festival.