Taylor Trensch

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Taylor Trensch
Born (1989-05-03) May 3, 1989 (age 29)
Tampa, Florida, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater Elon University
Occupation Actor
Years active 2009–present

Taylor Hunt Trensch (born May 3, 1989) is an American stage actor. Trensch was born in Tampa, Florida.[1] He attended Elon University in North Carolina.[2]

Early life[edit]

Taylor began his theatrical education at Howard W Blake School of the Arts in Tampa, FL. He was an acting major, and studied under Eric Davis. Trensch graduated in 2007.[3] Trensch - representing Blake's Troupe 5742 - was awarded the Most Outstanding Performer award from the Florida State Thespian Society, during his senior year.

Following his graduation from Blake, he attended Elon University for musical theater. Trensch was cast in the national tour of Spring Awakening during his sophomore year, and took a leave from the school to do the tour. He had submitted his audition video while still attending Howard W. Blake High School of the Arts.[4]

Career[edit]

He attended Elon University and its musical theatre program but took leave to tour in Spring Awakening.[5] His Elon mentor is his former Spring Awakening co-star Matt Shingledecker and his Elon mentee is Grant Gustin, who plays Barry Allen in the Flash. His regional credits include The Rocky Horror Show (Frank 'N' Furter), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour) and Rabbit Hole (Jason), all at the Lake Dillon Theatre in Dillon, Colorado.[6]

In 2009, Trensch joined the First National Tour of Spring Awakening,[6] replacing original touring cast member Blake Bashoff. For his portrayal of "Moritz", Taylor won the 2009 Denver Post Ovation Award for Best Supporting Actor in a National Touring Production.[7] Taylor Trensch then appeared as "Dwayne Hoover" in William Finn and James Lapine's new musical comedy Little Miss Sunshine, at the La Jolla Playhouse Mandell Weiss Theatre in early 2011.[8]

Taylor made his Broadway debut as "Boq" in the New York City production of Wicked, beginning performances on January 24, 2012, on a limited contract that lasted through April 22, 2012. He covered for actor Etai BenShlomo while he worked on another project.[9] Trensch also performed in the role of "Peter" in the off Broadway production of Bare from November 19, 2012 through February 3, 2013 at New World Stages.[10] In early October 2012, Trensch was cast as "Gordon & Others" in the off Broadway production of Rent at New World Stages from May 2012 through the September 9, 2012 closing. On April 11, 2013, Taylor opened as Michael Wormwood in the original Broadway production of Matilda the Musical (previews began on March 4, 2013) and remained in the role through June 8. 2014.[11] Matilda received 12 Tony Nominations in 2013, including a nomination for Best Musical.[12]

Trensch played the lead role of Christopher Boone in select performances, sharing the role with Alex Sharp, in the original Broadway production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time opening at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Oct 5, 2014 (previews starting on September 15)[13] and remained in the role until September 12, 2015.[14] In 2015, the show won 5 Tony Awards, including the award for "Best Play" and "Best Actor in a Play."

In January 2016, Taylor was featured in the world premiere of Samuel D. Hunter's Clarkson at the Dallas Theatre Center.[15] In July 2016, Taylor played the role of Tyler Clementi in the world premiere of Craig Carnelia and Joe Tracz's Poster Boy at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.[16]

Trensch read the role of "Jack" in the reading of the screenplay for the movie version of Into the Woods.[17]

Trensch was featured in the role of Barnaby Tucker in the Revival of Hello, Dolly! that began Broadway previews March 15, 2017, and opened April 20 at the Shubert Theatre.[18] The show stars Bette Midler, David Hyde Pierce, Gavin Creel and Kate Baldwin. In a large cast of scene-stealers, Trensch shined. The Hollywood Reporter said, "As Horace's under-appreciated store clerks, Cornelius Hackl and Barnaby Tucker, Gavin Creel and Taylor Trensch make a superb comedic pair, their yearning for excitement and romance quite touching." The LA Times said, "As bashful Barnaby and bold Minnie Fay (the clerk at Irene’s store who isn’t shy about signaling her interest), Trensch and Beanie Feldstein bring delightful eccentricity to their sidekick roles." NBCNewYork said, "Taylor Trensch invests his role, as Creel’s partner in crime, with distinction and spunk." And Time Out New York said, "Taylor Trensch and Beanie Feldstein have wonderfully zany moments as their sidekicks." He left the show on January 14, 2018, along with Bette Midler, David Hyde Pierce, and Beanie Feldstein.

On February 6, 2018, Trensch took over the titular role of Evan Hansen in Dear Evan Hansen at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway. He played 2 performances in the show prior to officially taking over the role.[19][20]

Personal life[edit]

Trensch is openly gay.[2] He is currently dating former Dear Evan Hansen understudy and current Dear Evan Hansen national tour lead Ben Levi Ross.[21]

Theatre credits[edit]

Year Production Role Notes
2009 Spring Awakening Moritz Steifel National tour
2011 Little Miss Sunshine Dwayne Hoover La Jolla Playhouse
2012 Wicked Boq The Gershwin Theatre
Rent Steve New World Stages
Bare: The Musical Peter Simmonds
2013–14 Matilda The Musical Michael Wormwood Shubert Theatre
2014–15 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Christopher Boone (alternate) Ethel Barrymore Theatre
2015-16 Clarkston Jake Dallas Theater Center
2016 Poster Boy Tyler Clementi Williamstown Theatre Festival
2017–18 Hello, Dolly! Barnaby Tucker Shubert Theatre
2018– Dear Evan Hansen Evan Hansen Music Box Theatre

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Twink awakening". dallasvoice.com. March 17, 2010. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Farmer, Jim (March 8, 2010). "Two gay Southerners bring Broadway home". projectqatlanta.com. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Brag Sheet". Blake Theater Department. Retrieved 2016-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Blake High grad lands role in Broadway production of Wicked". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 2016-01-31. 
  5. ^ "E-Net! News and Information". Elon.edu. 2009-10-09. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  6. ^ a b [1] Archived January 4, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Moore, John. "2009 Denver Post Ovation Awards: All the winners". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  8. ^ "Hunter Foster, Dick Latessa, Malcolm Gets, Jennifer Laura Thompson Will Star in Little Miss Sunshine". Playbill.com. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  9. ^ "Flying High. A"WICKED" Fan site: Taylor Trensch will replace Etai BenShlomo as Boq January 24!". Flyinghighwithwicked.blogspot.com. 2011-12-11. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  10. ^ "Bare the Musical". 
  11. ^ "Matilda the Musical Website". Archived from the original on 2013-06-29. 
  12. ^ "2013 Tony Nominations, Broadway World". 
  13. ^ "NYTimes Curious Incident Overview". 
  14. ^ "NYTimes Matthew Broderick Cast in 'Sylvia'; Alex Sharp to Leave 'Curious Incident'". 
  15. ^ "Dallas Theater Center Presents World Premiere of Samuel D. Hunter's Clarkston". TheaterMania.com. Retrieved 2016-12-13. 
  16. ^ "Poster Boy | Williamstown Theatre Festival". wtfestival.org. Retrieved 2016-12-13. 
  17. ^ "Starry Into the Woods Reading Cast". 
  18. ^ "Kate Baldwin, Gavin Creel, Jennifer Simard Join Bette Midler Hello, Dolly! | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 2016-12-13. 
  19. ^ https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2017/08/22/the-new-evan-hansen-is-taylor-trensch/
  20. ^ https://www.broadway.com/buzz/190752/taylor-trensch-sets-dear-evan-hansen-start-date-final-performance-scheduled-for-noah-galvin/
  21. ^ https://twitter.com/benleviross/status/952946655636152320

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