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Trent Kowalik

Trent Kowalik
Trent Kowalik in 2012
Born (1995-02-22) February 22, 1995 (age 19)
Wantagh, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, dancer, singer
Years active 2007–present
Awards Tony Award for best actor in a musical

Trent Kowalik (born February 22, 1995) is an American actor, dancer, and singer. Kowalik made his theatrical debut as "Billy" in the West End production of Billy Elliot the Musical on December 17, 2007. Kowalik currently resides in Wantagh, New York.

Life and career

Kowalik was born in Wantagh, New York, the son of Lauretta, a church organist, and Michael Kowalik, a surveyor. His parents both have Irish ancestry.[1][2]

Kowalik started dance lessons at age 3½ at Dorothy's School of Dance in Bellmore, New York, and at age four began instruction in Irish dancing. At age 6, he was competing at the highest level, Open Championship. He danced with the Inishfree School of Irish Dance. In April 2006, Kowalik won the youngest, male age group of the World Irish Dancing Championship (Irish: Oireachtas Rince na Cruinne) in Belfast, Northern Ireland at age 11.

He is a five-time undefeated North American Champion and a World Champion.[3] He holds multiple national titles in Scotland, England, and Ireland, and continues to study ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical dance.[4] His television appearances include HBO's Inside the NFL alongside Bob Costas (November 2005), Good Morning America, and on the BBC.

Kowalik graduated from The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School – Pre-Professional Division American Ballet Theatre in 2013.

Kowalik currently attends Princeton University and resides in Forbes College. He is a member of student dance groups Princeton University Ballet and BodyHype Dance Company.

Billy Elliot the Musical

On December 17, 2007, Kowalik made his debut as Billy in Billy Elliot the Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London.[5] His final London show was on June 7, 2008.

Kowalik was announced as one of the three boys to play Billy in the Broadway production of the show at a press launch in New York on April 22, 2008, along with David Álvarez and Kiril Kulish. Kowalik, in a reprise of his role as Billy, made his Broadway debut on October 8, 2008. His final performance in New York was on March 7, 2010.[6][7]

On June 7, 2009, Kowalik, along with Kiril Kulish and David Álvarez, won for the Tony Award for best actor in a musical. This marked the only occurrence of this award being given to more than one performer in the same year, and Kowalik became the youngest person to ever receive the award. In addition, Trent performed Angry Dance as the Billy representative from the show. The production of Billy Elliot was nominated for 15 Tony awards in all, including Best Musical.[8]


Year Title Role Theatre Note
17 December 2007-
7 June 2008
Billy Elliot: The Musical
Victoria Palace Theatre
West End
8 October 2008-
7 March 2010
Imperial Theatre


External links

  • Official website
  • Internet Movie Database

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