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Literary, Theatre, Social Studies

Trent Arterberry

About the Artist

Trent Arterberry is an award-winning performer whose unique brand of physical theatre variously combines masterful mime, poignant monologue, comedic characters and dramatic narratives. Trained by Marcel Marceau, Arterberry’s innovative use of sound, music, and special effects make his mime shows entertaining and accessible to wide-ranging audiences. Trent offers three different one-man shows for both elementary and secondary populations.

Think Bigg (K-6) blends mime, storytelling and lots of audience participation to create a series of kid-friendly stories and characters with thoughtful lessons about non-verbal communication.

The Secret Life of Walter Manny (K-6) is the story of a young hero-in-training with an overactive imagination that gets him in—and out of—trouble. The show contains themes of self-control and respect for others.

My Impractical Life (6-12) is the semi-autobiographical story of how Trent became an artist. Addressing career goals, it contains powerful messages for students about finding and pursuing one’s passion in the face of adversity.

Grade LevelsK-12
Maximums500 Students , 45-60 minutes, 2/day
Special Populations

Deaf and hard-of-hearing

Technical Requirements

Two tables, one chair, one empty A/V cart

Total Fee1 performance- $770 / 2 performances (same day and same school)- $1,100
School Portion1 performance- $385 / 2 performances (same day and same school)- $550

Explore the most universal tool of communication—the human body. Learn how to articulate your movements; create illusions and scenes; present yourself onstage with presence, focus, and intention. This interactive workshop will work your body, challenge your imagination and jump-start your creativity.

Grade Levels3-12
Maximums30 Students, 45-60 minutes, 4/day
Technical Requirements

Open space with room to move, i.e. gym or classroom with desks and chairs removed

Total FeeWith performance- $110 / Without performance- $276
School PortionWith performance- $55 / Without performance- $138


  • Kate Curtin, Youth Program Director, Arts Council of Moore County, 910-692-2787,
  • Shana Adams, Director of CAPS Program, Durham Arts Council, 919-560-2718,