Trent Sanders

Trent Sanders
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MA, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
BA, University of Kansas

TRENT SANDERS joined Baylor’s Institute for Oral History in October 2020 as its playwright-in-residence. Before this, the United States Fulbright Commission, in partnership with the Romanian Fulbright Commission, awarded him a Fulbright Creative Arts and Performance grant from October 2018 - July 2019.

There, he did independent research by conducting oral history interviews. During those months, he became the associate to the Artistic Director of the Hungarian National Theatre and to the Executive Director of the Romanian National Theatre, both in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. In early June 2019, the Sighet Memorial Prison to Communist Victims and to the Resistance accepted his film, The Bed Project, for a film screening at their annual summit of former political prisoners in Sighet, Romania. Later in June, he served as the artist-in-residence for the Areopagus Center for Christian Thought and Contemporary Culture by delivering three lectures on his research. His plays have been read in Romania at Babes-Bolyai University National University of Theatre Arts and Film, and in the United States by Wild Imaginings.

His work as playwright-in-residence revolves around his play, Camelia. A table reading of this work occurred in May 2020 and a staged reading of this work occurred in October of the same year. As part of the play project, he is documenting Romanian-Americans’ immigration stories and is developing a critical-text edition of the play.

Trent overviews his research through the Baylor Institute for Oral History in this PDF. For a more in depth look at the events leading up to the Camelia staged reading in October 2020, see this PDF.