Breastless (June 2019) Written by Laurel Turk, directed by Jeannine Haas. Performances at the Majestic Theatre. West Springfield, MA. A powerfully honest play about body image and sexuality after breast cancer. Includes intimate monologues, satirical song and dance, and witty ensemble scenes.
Gasping Whiteness (aka White Mourning) (July 2017-Present) July 2017 performance residency and performance sponsored by KO Festival of Performance. Ongoing tour: Massachusetts- Boston, Greenfield, Northampton, West Stockbridge. New Haven, CT. New York City Putney, VT. https://kofest.com
(In)Dependent: The Heroin Project (March 2019) Produced by the Academy of Music (Northampton, MA). Exposes the reality of the heroin crisis.
Case Open (September 2017 & 2018) Play exploring identity, connection, and communication strategies. Written by Trenda Loftin and Collaborators. Performed for Smith College Orientation "Living in a Diverse Community" 2017 Northampton 24 Hour Theater Project (June 2017) Produced by the Northampton Center for the Arts. Wrote 1 of 6 10 minute plays in under 12 hours for a days worth of rehearsal. Writing, rehearsal, staging, and performance all within 24 hours.
After Orlando (January 2017) Produced By Eggtooth Productions An International Theatre Action In Response to the Pulse Nightclub Shooting.
2016 Northampton 24 Hour Theater Project (March 2016) Produced by New Century Theatre. Six original one-acts, written, rehearsed, directed, produced and staged within 24 hours. For More Information
DIRECTING When Last We Flew, by Harrison David Rivers, A Real Live Theatre Production (December 2018) www.reallivetheatre.net
Campus Unrest, by Talya Kingston Staged reading for Play by Play (September 2018) Black History Month Showcase. Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School (February 2016) http://www.pvpa.org
"And Then... A Quest For An Original Story (August 2015-February 2016) Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School Director's Note An Enemy of the People, By Arthur Miller (May 2015) Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School Director's Note
Short Play Series (December 2014) Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School
2018 PVPA Unite Fest Keynote Speaker Themed "We Are One," Unite Fest gathered students, families, community members, and educators together for a day of workshops and performances. Trenda's keynote address, titled "Choosing to Build Community," recognizes the various ways we learn about ourselves and "the others," it names some of the barriers that work to keep us grounded in an "us" and 'them" mentality, it calls for us all to acknowledge the value of finding community in sameness but that intentional community building across difference is absolutely essential.
GLSEN MA Conference Co-Chair
(November 2018) Let Youth Lead! Instigating a quest for deeper understanding of identity, values, and goals for ourselves and our world. Youth leaders of the hosting school crafted multiple workshops, and ran the opening and closing session of this conference.
(November 2017) Undoing, Undone, and Still invites conferences attendees to explore the ways we are undoing/unlearning oppression, the ways we are undone (the work is not finished, we have righteous anger, we are opening up, connecting to others, and more) and to consider the power of Still(ness..and still we persist, and "still we rise").
2017 Massachusetts Teacher Association Conference (August 2017) Presented 2 workshops for Massachusetts teachers, administrators, and teachers to be. Topics included strategies for allyship, creating inclusive classrooms, and general information for supporting LGBTQIA+ students and their families.
2017 PVPA Unite Fest Conference Chair (March 2017) The first Annual Unite Fest. An all day event filled with performances, spoken word artists, workshops and food galore! This was truly an incredible (perhaps even transformative) event. Family, Friends, students, teachers, and community members gathered to celebrate and learn about cultures, identities, and social justice. Featuring Keynote Speaker Robbie Dunning: A nationally competing, non-binary, educator and spoken word artist.
GLSEN MA Educator Retreat (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) Designed and executed 2 day-long programming for LGBTQIA+ (and allied) educators, administrators, and youth advocates. Programming included direct instruction, self-reflection, action planning, and social activities.
Fall GLSEN MA Conference Chair (October 2016) The 2016 GLSEN MA Fall Conference presents an opportunity to engage in workshops that explore methods of activism, intersections of identities, and the power of art. We offer CONTEXT, as a point of consideration for presenters and participants, instigating the quest for deeper understanding. We will come together as students, educators, artists and social justice seekers to build community and share resources for creating and maintaining safer and more affirming schools for all students.
GLSEN MA Fall and Spring Conference Support Fall 2014, 2015 Spring 2014, 2015, 2016
GLSEN National Chapter Leadership Institute Support