Trent Creswell Receives Outstanding Arts School Alumnus Award

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Trent Creswell
Trent Creswell


Trent Creswell, 2009 graduate of Chattanooga’s Center for Creative Arts, received the Outstanding Arts School Alumnus Award during the national conference in Lake Buena Vista, FL, of Arts Schools Network, the nation’s largest professional membership organization of specialized arts schools, on Friday.

Created for the purpose of fostering artistic and academic achievement in talented young people, this honor is bestowed annually upon one former ASN member school student whose commitment to excellence is demonstrated through outstanding accomplishment in the areas of citizenship, arts, and academics. 

Mr. Creswell is currently in his sophomore year at Sarah Lawrence College in New York studying literature, religion and art history.  He plans to attend Oxford University in the fall of 2013 to further study literature.

During his senior year in Center for Creative Arts, Mr. Creswell won the Creative Non-Fiction Award from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts for his autobiographical piece Auto-Bike-Ography; or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Cody Pinson, and was subsequently honored as a Presidential Scholar of the Arts nominee.  In 2010, he was the recipient of the Edward Albee Fellowship, from the Edward Albee Foundation. During this month long artist’s residency in Montauk, he wrote the play A House Should Have the Look of Shelter, which was presented  in Rattlestick Playwright’s Theatre’s “F&*#ing Good Plays Festival” the following year.  

His work has been performed at the Baryshnikov Center, The Neofuturists, Mary Archie, and The Rattlestick Playwright’s Theatre.  While a student at the Center for Creative Arts, Mr. Creswell wrote, directed and produced two original plays; The Package and The Death and Afterlife of Dr. Crash-Friendly. These provocative pieces were performed at both the Center for Creative Arts and The Chattanooga Theatre Centre; the proceeds from which benefitted local charities such as the Craniofacial Foundation of America.

Mr.Creswell also penned a new translation of Russian Playwright Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya at Sarah Lawrence. He not only wrote and directed the work, he also played the role of Vanya.  This spring, he is planning to direct and act in three short plays by Chekhov.

Mr. Creswell was a company member at Ballet Tennessee, and was a member of The Choo Choo Kids, the traveling musical theatre troupe at the Center for Creative Arts.  Also, while at CCA he was a member of The National Honor Society and the co-editor of the school’s creative writing magazine.  He acted in the film Ruthie, by Northwestern University professor Brian Cagle. Mr. Creswell is a member of the Dramatist Guild of America.

Arts Schools Network is a community of schools and institutions dedicated to education in and through the arts. Its mission is to provide the leadership necessary to inspire and maintain excellence in arts education by supporting and serving leaders of specialized arts schools, arts integration schools and new schools of the arts across the country. Arts Schools Network impacts more than 60,000 students: 1,486 arts focused schools; arts organizations and arts education leaders; 74,300 arts school administrators, teachers and counselors; and 743,000 alums of member schools—a number that grows by more than 48,000 each year. Visit www.artsschoolsnetwork.org to learn more. 



Dalton/Whitfield, Murray, Gilmer, Gordon, and Catoosa Counties Selected As An Early Education Empowerment Zone

Dalton/Whitfield, Murray, Gilmer, Gordon and Catoosa Counties were selected as one of Georgia’s four Early Education Empowerment Zones and will participate in a community commitment ceremony at 3 p.m. on Oct. 3 at Whitfield/Dalton Day Care Center, 515 South Pentz St. in Dalton.  The five counties will collaborate together in what will be known as the Northern Counties zone. ... (click for more)

Wanda Shelton Named Tennessee Superintendent Of The Year

The Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents met in Gatlinburg, TN on Sept. 7 for the annual awards and recognition dinner. The 2015 Tennessee Superintendent of the Year was announced at the banquet on Sunday night. This year’s honor was awarded to Dr. Wanda Shelton, Lincoln County Schools, South-Central District. Dr. Shelton was named statewide Superintendent of ... (click for more)

Man Charged With Killing 3-Year-Old Takes Own Life In County Jail

Justin Dale Bradley died in the Hamilton County jail Saturday morning. Notification was received from the Hamilton County 911 Center at   12:50 a.m. ,   regarding an inmate found unresponsive.   Jail personnel found the male inmate unresponsive in his cell and initiated C.P.R. while notifying Hamilton County Emergency Medical Services. ... (click for more)

Democratic Chairman Roy Herron Announces He Will Not Run For 2nd Term

Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron announced Saturday at a meeting of the Tennessee Democratic Party State Executive Committee that he would not be seeking a second term as party chairman. “I have been blessed to serve as chairman these past two years, and I owe an enormous debt of gratitude to all of the executive committee members, party officials, staff members, and friends ... (click for more)

You’re Right With Lamar

One of Tennessee’s favorite sons, Davy Crockett, coined an oft-used phrase:  “Be always sure you’re right, then go ahead.” Being sure is quite important, but may be difficult in this election cycle. The Democratic nominee campaigning against Lamar Alexander is a man whose radio ads call for “change,” “fair” taxes and more jobs.  Sounds good, huh?   ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

Okay … here we go. A number of readers have complained that I haven’t shared any jokes that my friends send to my email address so on a weekend when our Volunteers and Mocs are idle, let’s laugh a little:   I was sitting in a bar one afternoon with an old friend knocking back a few beers when he said, "You know, if we're not careful we'll end up like those two old drunks ... (click for more)