The Mission of Trident Theatre Company consists of the following:
- To produce theatrical works written by and inspired by playwrights who are turning the tide of the theatrical landscape, or that have changed the course of theatre history.
- To connect audiences to theatrical experiences on a visceral level that demand conversation long after the theatrical event is over.
The Vision of Trident Theatre Company is to be recognized as an institution that, through the art of theatre, consistently delivers engagement, education, and entertainment to Sheridan and the surrounding community. Trident strives to remain Sheridan’s resident semi-professional theatre company, remaining progressive and relevant in the creation of its product.
Managing and Artistic Director – Aaron Odom
Trident Theatre’s Aaron Odom (above) in a promotional shot for CTG’s “Yankee Tavern” in 2016.
Born in Casper and raised in Sheridan, Aaron has always prioritized the vitality of the Sheridan Theatrical scene. Aaron performed in several productions at Sheridan High School by the time he graduated in 1998, most notably as Edgar Allan Poe in the 1997 production of “Nevermore!” Aaron then attended Casper College, earning his Associate’s degree in Theatre Performance in 2000. Aaron continued his studies at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA, earning his Bachelor’s degree in Theatre (emphasis in acting) in 2002. Since then, Aaron has worked in both Los Angeles and Seattle, working with groups like LA Theatresports (Now Impro Theatre), Atlas Theatre, Edge of the World theatre in Edmonds, WA, Greenstage (a theatre group specializing in Shakespeare in the Parks throughout the Seattle area), Stone Soup Theatre (Seattle’s only one-act playhouse), Unexpected Productions, and Split Second Improv at SecondStory Repertory Theatre in Redmond, WA. Click here to see Aaron’s full resume.
Aaron returned to Sheridan in 2008, to settle and raise his family. He immediately resumed working on the Sheridan High School stage in the role of Drama Club Sponsor and consequently, the director of each year’s fall play. He had previously held this position in 2003, when he directed “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Aaron also served on the WYO Theater Programming Committee in 2009. He also served on the Civic Theatre Guild board from 2009-2011.
Aaron has appeared onstage many times since returning home to Sheridan. Aaron has performed many times with his improvisational comedy troupes, as a company member of the sketch comedy troupe Late Nite Shenanigans, and was the club supervisor for the Sheridan College Improv Club from 2013-2017. Aaron has directed multiple productions for different entities in Sheridan including the Sheridan College Theatre & Dance Dept., and Sheridan’s Civic Theatre Guild.
Trident Theatre has been in business since January 2016. Aaron named Trident after the chosen weapon of Pepperdine University’s then-mascot, King Neptune. As stated in the Mission Statement above, Aaron strives to associate Trident’s live productions with playwrights who have turned the tide of the theatrical landscape. To Aaron, this means to foster innovation or innovative ideas in theatre production, while also revering classical works, as most classical works were innovative in their own times.
Under the Trident brand since then, Aaron has hosted the first Classic Horror Film Series at the WYO, has been a consultant for High school drama clubs and productions, and produced two full-length productions so far: “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised]” and Terrence McNally’s “Master Class.”
From Fall 2018 to Spring 2020, Aaron served as the Interim Theatre Instructor for the Sheridan College Theatre and Dance Department. While there, Aaron directed several plays: “Nunsense,” “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress,” “Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’,” and “The Glass Menagerie.” Under Aaron’s supervision, the Sheridan College Theatre Club launched several productions, including cuttings from “The Vagina Monologues” in coordination with V-Day events all over the world. Their works also included an annual production of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” which now will become an annual offering from Trident Theatre.
Aaron completed his Master of Arts degree in Theatre from Missouri State University in 2015.