Programs are designed and implemented by artist and educator, Trish Denton, often accompanied by a team of interdisciplinary artists.
Trish Denton hails from the spaces in between Detroit and Flint, Michigan. The interdisciplinary artist crafts original works for the stage, borrowing from folklore, magic realism, and the oral storytelling tradition. A first generation college student, Trish put herself through school as a street performer receiving a BA from Goddard College. Following school, she was 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. Relocating to Vermont, 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 2008-2011 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 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 mount 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 pilot of ArtsConnect, an inclusive pedagogy for integrated arts curriculum. She went on to train with master artist Ping Chong on the process of conducting community-based research and interviewing for the stage. 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 black theater company based in White River Junction. 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 Center, Trish is skilled in the design of innovative arts and education programming for museums, schools and cultural institutions. With this leadership, In Tandem Arts creates projects that fuse community, art, and education. ITA also functions as a production company for socially-engaged 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.