Trent Arterberry

Trent Arterberry

Trent Arterberry’s multi-decade career has taken him across North America, Europe and Asia where he has opened for major recording artists such as B.B. King, played historic theatres like Radio City Music Hall, headlined on luxury liners such as the QE2, and was named “College Campus Performing Artist of the Year.” Trent has also played at thousands of elementary and secondary school across the US and Canada.


  1357 Martock Rd, Sooke, BC V9Z 1B1



Think Bigg

Program description

It’s comical storytelling, masterful mime, compelling music and hilarious puppetry. Quite simply, Think Bigg is something kids love — and adults won’t want to miss. By turns, Arterberry fills the stage with a collection of intriguing characters. Roboman discovers the limits — and extraordinary reaches — of his own body. The diminutive dance star, Mr. Bigg, performs to a dizzying medley of musical styles from rap to Russian folklore. Students participate both onstage in their seats, learning about physical theatre, gesture and body language. There’s drama, comedy, subtle lessons and outrageous fun in Trent Arterberry’s Think Bigg.

Booking / scheduling contact

Trent Arterberry


Program detail
Artistic discipline: Puppetry, Storytelling, Theater
Cultural Origin: American
Program type: Assembly/Performance
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Kindergarten
Subject: Language Arts, Literacy, Theatre Arts
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

I will be in NC in October, Feb and April. Other time periods may be added. Please email me for current availability.

Available times:


Length of program: 45 minutes
Space / technical requirements:

Performance area of 20 feet by 20 feet. Two rectangular tables. One empty Audio/visual cart on wheels.



Fees / Ticketing:

$695 for one showing; $995 for two back-to-back showings


NC Standard Course of Study:

R.1 — Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it. There are several mime and storytelling sketches in this show which will require students to pay close attention to details, interpret facial expressions and body language, and make inferences in order to follow the story line and predict what may happen next. SL.1 — Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively. In this show, students will be taught (in their seats) several mime illusions, including the wall, tug-of-war and blowing up a balloon. Trent will demonstrate how these illusions form the basis of a simple mime sketch. One student will be brought onto stage to perform an improvised duet with Trent in which he/she will collaborate and “converse” in mime and build the narrative. Other students can try this with partners after the show. Students are also encouraged to perform one of these sketches later for their parents. SL.2 — Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally. This show integrates gesture, facial expression and body language with words, music and sound effects to communicate its stories and ideas. Students will be required to interpret these modes of communication in order to make sense of the various narratives and themes.

NC Essential Standards:

Arts Education>Theatre Arts>K-8 K-5.C.1.1 — Use non-verbal expression to communicate movement elements. This show is all about non-verbal expression. The show models the creation of characters of various ages and physicalities, and expressing varying emotions. Students will also learn several mime techniques. Arts Education>Theatre Arts>K-8 K-5.C .2.1 — Use dramatic play to improvise stories and situations. Improvisation is demonstrated onstage with a student volunteer. The study-guide offers suggestions for improvised scenes that students can try in the classroom. Arts Education>Theatre Arts>K-8 K-5.C.2.2 — Use dramatic play to re-enact stories from texts read aloud. The show includes one or two stories that are performed in mime and spoken text. Students are encouraged to stage their own story-theatre sketches.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Cancellation Policy

There is no penalty to cancel two months in advance. Cancellation with less than two months notice will incur a penalty of 50% of the fee, unless the cancellation is due to weather or other circumstances beyond the control of the school, in which case it is assumed that every reasonable effort will be made to reschedule.