Peter Hinton


A respected theatre and opera director, playwright and educator, Peter Hinton, OC, 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.

Peter Hinton has significantly impacted the evolution of contemporary Canadian theatre through his commitment to new play development, Indigenous theatre and revisionist productions of canonical works. His exhaustively researched stagings are at once visually stunning and firmly rooted in the social, cultural and political context in which they are created.

Important opera stagings include Louis Riel, a 1967 opera by Harry Somers and Mavor Moore, restaged by the Canadian Opera Company in 2017. Mr. Hinton’s direction sought to free the piece from its colonial bearings and focus on the theft of Indigenous land and other injustices inflicted on First Peoples by settlers. In 2018 he directed the world première of Rufus Wainwright’s and Daniel MacIvor’s opera Hadrian, at the Canadian Opera Company.

Mr. Hinton has been affiliated with the Shaw Festival since 2011, directing Sex, Oh What a Lovely War, An Octoroon, Alice in Wonderland, Pygmalion, and Lady Windermere’s Fan, among others. 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 Associate Artistic Director at Theatre Passe Muraille and the Canadian Stage Company, Artistic Director of the Playwrights Theatre Centre in Vancouver, 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.

He has written multiple stage plays and the libretti for the operas The Diana Cantata and 12O Songs for the Marquis de Sade. He is the recipient of a Jessie Richardson Award and a Betty Mitchell Award.

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