One of Canada’s most respected directors and teachers, Peter Hinton directed the 2017 world première production of Missing, and is director for the 2019 remounting of the opera for performances in Victoria, Regina, and Prince George.
Recent credits include Constellations (Canadian Stage/Centaur Theatre), Bombay Black (Factory Theatre), All’s Well that Ends Well (The Shakespeare Company) Millenial Malcontent (Tarragon Theatre), The Rez Sisters (Belfry Theatre), Funny Girl and The Seagull (Segal Centre). He also directed the Canadian Opera Company’s revival of Harry Somer’s opera Louis Riel for Canada’s sesquicentennial.
Mr. Hinton has been affiliated with the Shaw Festival since 2011, directing An Octoroon, Alice in Wonderland, Pygmalion, Cabaret, Lady Windermere’s Fan, and When the Rain Stops Falling. From 2005 to 2012, he was Artistic Director of English Theatre at Canada’s National Arts Centre in Ottawa, where he directed the world première productions of both Burning Vision and Copper Thunderbird by Marie Clements.
Peter has been the Associate Artistic Director at Theatre Passe Muraille and the Canadian Stage Company in Toronto, Artistic Director of the Playwrights Theatre Centre in Vancouver, the Dramaturg in Residence at Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal. He was Artistic Associate of the Stratford Festival for seven seasons and has taught at the National Theatre School of Canada and Ryerson University. Since 2012 he has been the professional mentor for the York University/Canadian Stage MFA program in directing.
His own plays for the stage include Façade, Urban Voodoo (written with Jim Millan) and a trilogy of three full length plays entitled The Swanne – George III: The Death of Cupid (2002), Princess Charlotte: The Acts of Venus (2003), and Queen Victoria: The Seduction of Nemesis (2004). All three plays premiered under his direction at the Stratford Festival. In 2006, he co-created with Domini Blythe, and directed the solo work, Fanny Kemble, about the life of the famous British actress and abolitionist.
Peter Hinton has also written the libretti for two operas with composer Peter Hannan: The Diana Cantata, and 12O Songs for the Marquis de Sade (awarded the Alcan Performing Arts Award in 2002).
Since 1985 he has directed over 75 productions of new plays, classical texts and operas, including premières of works by Allen Cole (Hush, The Crimson Veil), Blake Brooker (Serpent Kills), John Mighton (Possible Worlds), Michael McKenzie (Geometry in Venice) and Marie Clements (Burning Vision).
Peter was the recipient of the Jessie Richardson Award for directing in 1995 for his production of Gordon Armstrong’s Scary Stories and the Betty Mitchell Award in direction for his production of All’s Well That Ends Well in 2017. In 2009, Peter Hinton was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.