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Through Director's Table Interviews ArtsAlive.ca introduces you to selected directors with whom the National Arts Centre English Theatre department had the pleasure of working with in the 2002-2003 season.
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Peter Hinton is one of English Canada's most respected playwrights, directors, and dramaturges. In his twenty-year career, he has been an integral part of the Canadian theatre landscape, working as an Associate Artist of the Stratford Festival of Canada, Associate Director and Dramaturge at Theatre Passe Muraille, Associate Director and Head of the New Play Development Program at the Canadian Stage Company in Toronto, Artistic Director and Dramaturge of The Playwrights Theatre Centre in Vancouver, and Dramaturge in Residence at Playwrights' Workshop Montreal. He is passionate about Canadian theatre, and is proud to have developed new works by John Mighton, Guillermo Verdecchia, Marie Clements, Larry Tremblay, Blake Brooker, Normand Chaurette, Maristella Roca, Allen Cole and Greg MacArthur to name a few. An accomplished playwright, Mr. Hinton's early plays include Façade which was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Artistic Innovation and Excellence, and Urban Voodoo (co-written with Jim Millan). Peter was writer and dramaturge on the Canadian Stage Hour Company collective creations i.d. and Tabu, which both received Dora Awards for outstanding new play for theatre for young audiences. Recently, his trilogy of three full length plays entitled The Swanne premiered at the Stratford Festival of Canada to great critical and audience acclaim. Mr. Hinton has also written the librettos for two operas with composer Peter Hannan; The Diana Cantata, and 12O Songs for the Marquis de Sade, which was awarded the Alcan Performing Arts Award. A respected teacher, Mr. Hinton has taught play creation for actors at the Ryerson Theatre School and playwriting and period study at The National Theatre School of Canada. Mr. Hinton's critical and dramaturgical essays have been published in Theatrum, The Canadian Theatre Review and Between the Lines: a collection of interviews and articles on Dramaturgy in Canada, edited by Judith Rudakoff.
In November 2005, Mr. Hinton took the helm of the National Arts Centre English Theatre as Artistic Director, and in March of 2006, he announced his first season, The Artist in Society. In the 2006-2007 season, Mr. Hinton will direct the world premiere of Allen Cole's The Wrong Son, Gloria Montero's Frida K., and Marie Clements' Copper Thunderbird.
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Micheline Chevrier is originally from Montréal but has lived and worked all over Canada. In 1995, she became the Artistic Director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa. There she directed many Canadian works such as Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), Les Belles Soeurs, Glenn, Pauline and Turgenev, The Seven Days in the Life of Simon Labrosse and The Begats, just to name a few. She left GCTC in 2000 but kept her home in Ottawa as she continued to travel the country to work as director in theatres such as the Shaw Festival, the National Arts Centre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Theatre Calgary, Alberta Theatre Projects, the Globe Theatre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Canadian Stage, the Citadel, the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People, Centaur Theatre, Theatre New Brunswick among others. These theatres offered her the chance to work on plays such as A Room of One's Own, The Glace Bay Miners' Museum, Perfect Pie, Rice Boy, Mary's Wedding, The Sisters Rosensweig, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Hay Fever, Written on Water, Number One and Jamie and many more. Micheline has taught and directed at the National Theatre School, University of Alberta, Dalhousie University, Concordia University and Ottawa University. In the early 1990's, she was the Associate Artistic Director at Theatre New Brunswick and then Associate Dramaturg at Playwrights' Workshop in Montréal. She is presently Associate Artist at Canadian Stage.