Trent Kowalik

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Trent Kowalik
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Trent Kowalik in 2012
Born Trent Matthias Kowalik
(1995-02-22) February 22, 1995 (age 20)
Wantagh, Long Island, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, dancer, singer
Years active 2007–present
Awards Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical

Trent Matthias Kowalik (born February 22, 1995) is an American actor, dancer, and singer. Kowalik made his theatrical debut as "Billy" in the West End production of Billy Elliot the Musical on December 17, 2007.

Life and career[edit]

Kowalik was born in Wantagh, Long Island, New York to Lauretta (née Splescia), organist/pianist at St. Raphael's Roman Catholic Church, East Meadow, Long Island, New York, and Michael Kowalik, a surveyor. He has three older sisters.[1][2]

Kowalik started dance lessons at age 3½ at Dorothy's School of Dance in Bellmore, Long Island, New York, and at age four began instruction in Irish dancing. At age 6, he was competing at the highest level, Open Championship. He danced with the Inishfree School of Irish Dance. In April 2006, Kowalik won the youngest, male age group of the World Irish Dancing Championship (Irish: Oireachtas Rince na Cruinne) in Belfast at age 11. He is a five-time undefeated North American Champion and a World Champion.[3] He holds multiple national titles in Scotland, England, and Ireland, and continues to study ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical dance.[4]

Kowalik graduated from The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School–Pre-Professional Division American Ballet Theatre in 2013. He currently attends Princeton University. He is a member of student dance groups Princeton University Ballet and BodyHype Dance Company.[citation needed]

Billy Elliot the Musical[edit]

On December 17, 2007, Kowalik made his debut as Billy in Billy Elliot the Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London.[5] His final London show was on June 7, 2008.

Kowalik was announced as one of the three boys to play Billy in the Broadway production of the show at a press launch in New York on April 22, 2008, along with David Álvarez and Kiril Kulish. Kowalik, in a reprise of his role as Billy, made his Broadway debut on October 8, 2008. His final performance in New York was on March 7, 2010.[6][7]

On June 7, 2009, Kowalik, along with Kiril Kulish and David Álvarez, won for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. This marked the first to date occurrence of the award being given to more than one performer in the same year. He performed Angry Dance as the Billy representative from the show. The production of Billy Elliot was nominated for 15 Tony awards in all, including Best Musical.[8]


Year Title Role Theatre Note
December 17, 2007-
June 7, 2008
Billy Elliot: The Musical
Victoria Palace Theatre
West End
October 8, 2008-
March 7, 2010
Imperial Theatre


  1. ^ Profile,; accessed October 1, 2014.
  2. ^ Profile,; accessed September 30, 2014.
  3. ^ Profile,; accessed September 30, 2014.
  4. ^ Profile,; accessed September 30, 2014.
  5. ^ Robertson, Campbell (April 22, 2008). "The Boys of ‘Billy' Get Ready to Lead". The New York Times. Retrieved May 26, 2010. 
  6. ^ Gans, Andrew (2008-04-22). "Playbill News: Broadway Finds Its Billy Elliots". Playbill. Retrieved 2008-07-21. 
  7. ^ Kahn, Robert (2008-04-22). "Wantagh teen wins lead 'Billy Elliot' Broadway role". Retrieved 2008-07-21. 
  8. ^ "‘Billy Elliot’ Leads Tony Nominations". Retrieved March 10, 2012. 

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