NAC taps Hinton

Appointment follows six-month search

OTTAWA — Peter Hinton will succeed Marti Maraden as the artistic director of English theater at the National Arts Center.

NAC president-CEO Peter Herrndorf announced Hinton’s appointment Wednesday, following a six-month search by a selection committee comprising Shaw Festival artistic director Jackie Maxwell; Paul Lefebvre, assistant to NAC artistic director of French theater; and NAC director of production Alex Gazale.

“I am certain that under Mr. Hinton’s leadership, the NAC English theater will forge a formidable new artistic path, while building on the remarkable successes and strengths of Maraden’s theater,” said Herrndorf.

Playwright and director Hinton, currently an artistic associate at the Stratford Festival, has directed more than 70 new plays, classical texts and operas in Canada, including some of his own works. Among the best known is his trilogy “Swanne,” premiered at Stratford over three seasons. He directed the production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” now in rep at the Festival.

Hinton, a former artistic associate at Toronto’s CanStage and Theatre Passe Muraille, will work with Maraden during September and October before beginning a four-year term as artistic director Nov. 1.

Maraden, who has headed English theater at the NAC since 1997, announced last year that she intended to step down this fall.

As well as developing, producing, and presenting theater in Ottawa, NAC has a major role as a co-producer, working with theater companies across Canada.

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