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Creative Team

Peter Hinton

Peter Hinton

Director (thirsty)


Raised in: Thornhill, ON/Based in: Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

For the NAC: Peter was recently the Artistic Director of English Theatre at Canada's National Arts Centre. For the NAC he directed Allen Cole's The Wrong Son, Gloria Montero's Frida K., Marie Clements' Copper Thunderbird (co-production with Urban Ink Productions), Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth (co-production with Citadel Theatre) and The Comedy of Errors (co-production with Centaur Theatre), William Congreve's The Way of the World (co-production with Soulpepper Theatre), Sam Shepard's Buried Child (co-production with Segal Centre), Selma Lagerlöf's The Changeling translated by Sylvia Söderlind, Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and her Children (co-production with Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre), Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Michel Tremblay's Saint Carmen of The Main translated by Linda Gaboriau (co-production with Canadian Stage) and most recently, Peter Anderson’s Creation. In 2008, he was awarded the Audrey Ashley Award for outstanding contribution to Ottawa theatre by the Capital Critics Circle. In September 2007, Mr. Hinton welcomed to the NAC Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company, with which the NAC English Theatre partnered to produce the world premiere of Margaret Atwood's stage adaptation of her novel, The Penelopiad. This collaboration marked the first partnership between the Royal Shakespeare Company and a Canadian theatre company.

Theatre: Before coming to the National Arts Centre, Peter was an associate artist at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival for seven seasons, directing The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare's Universe, The Odyssey, Fanny Kemble, The Duchess of Malfi, Into the Woods, and all three parts of his own verse trilogy entitled The Swanne. Peter was the Dramaturg-in-Residence at Playwrights Workshop Montreal for five years and has been Associate Artistic Director at both Canadian Stage and Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto. On December 30, 2009, Peter Hinton was named an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Paula Danckert

Paula Danckert

Dramaturg (thirsty)

Raised in: Toronto, ON/Based in: Halifax, NS

For the NAC: Paula was recently the Company Dramaturg and Artistic Associate for NAC English Theatre 2006 - 2012.

Theatre: Before coming to the NAC, Paula was the Artistic and Executive Director of Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal for nine and a half years. Prior to that, she was president of Playwrights’ Atlantic Resource Centre and has been the Associate Dramaturg at the New Play Centre in Vancouver and at the Banff Centre’s Playwrights’ Colony. Paula has worked as dramaturg with such playwrights as Marie Clements, Copper Thunderbird (co-production with Urban Ink Productions) and Burning Vision (nominated for a Governor General’s Award); Peter Hinton, The Swanne: Parts I, II and III (produced at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival); and Larry Tremblay, A Chair in Love, a comic opera, music by John Metcalfe (produced at the Swansea Festival in Wales and Espace Go in Montreal).

Other: Paula is also a radio producer, foley artist and teacher. She was CBC Radio’s Drama Producer for the Maritime region. She was also Associate Producer for Live Art Productions: New Dance Series, a foley artist for Salter Street Films, and the producer and host of the program Artspeak on CKDU-FM.

Gillian Gallow

Gillian Gallow

Set and Costume Designer (thirsty)

Raised in: Toronto, ON/Based in: Toronto, ON

For the NAC: King Lear, Night (Human Cargo).

Theatre: Hirsch (The Stratford Shakespeare Festival); One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (costumes, Theatre Calgary/Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); God of Carnage (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre/Vancouver Playhouse); Awake and Sing! (costumes, Soulpepper); Ruined (set, Obsidian); The Mill (set, Theatrefront); Appetite (set/costumes, Volcano/Theatre Passe Muraille); The Devil We Know, Vimy and Pearl Gidley (set/costumes, Blyth Festival); The Syringa Tree (set/costumes, The Grand Theatre); Pride and Prejudice and Cinderella (costumes, The Grand Theatre); and Cinderella (Young People’s Theatre). She is the recipient of three Dora Mavor Moore Awards.

Louise Guinand

Louise Guinand

Lighting Designer (thirsty)

Raised in: Peterborough, ON/Based in: Stratford, ON

For the NAC: Over 25 productions including King Lear, Romeo & Juliet, I Am My Own Wife (co-production with Canadian Stage), Zoo Story and Dumb Waiter (Soulpepper Theatre), Love’s Labour’s Lost, Hamlet, The Winter’s Tale, Indian Ink (co-production with Canadian Stage), An Enemy of the People (co-production with Citadel Theatre), Larry’s Party (co-production with Canadian Stage and Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre), A Man for All Seasons (Stratford Shakespeare Festival production).

Theatre: Over 450 shows across Canada and the U.S., including productions at Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Shaw Festival, Canadian Stage, Citadel Theatre, Grand Theatre, Globe Theatre, Canadian Opera Company, Tarragon Theatre, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Kennedy Centre, and Arena Stage.

Other: Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best Lighting, for Aspects of Love. Louise is a graduate of The National Theatre School of Canada and Queen's University.

Troy Slocum

Troy Slocum

Sound Designer (thirsty)

Raised in: Montreal, QC/Based in: Vancouver, BC

For The NAC: Mother Courage and Her Children (co-production with Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre), A Christmas Carol, Buried Child (co-production with the Segal Centre), The Way of the World (co-production with Soulpepper Theatre), A Comedy of Errors (co-production with Centaur Theatre), and Frida K. (Go Diva Productions Inc/co-production with Citadel Theatre), all directed by Peter Hinton.

Theatre: Troy Slocum is a highly acclaimed sound designer and electronic music composer.  His work has been heard in live performance, video games, films, installations, and on some of the most prestigious stages in Canada. Troy began designing sound for theatre on girls! girls! girls! (Teatro Comaneci) directed by Peter Hinton in 2000 at the Festival de Théâtre des Amériques. Theatre credits include: Snowman (Imago Theatre); An Enemy Of The People and Peter Hinton’s adaptation of A Doll's House (the Segal Centre); Blacks Don’t Bowl, The Lady Smith, and Le Code Noire (Black Theatre Workshop); and the upcoming The Lamentable Tragedy of Sal Capone (Urban Ink/Black Theatre Workshop).

Other: More recently Troy’s music and sound design could be heard in the film The Language of Love from Frog Girl Films, recently screened in Toronto at HOTDOCS 2012 and at the imagiNative Film Festival. Troy is co-owner/operator of Ring Out Media, a media production company.  Ring Out Media’s short film Reach will be screening at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival this November. Troy also coaches students at the National Theatre School of Canada, and continues to explore all aspects of music and technology.

Kate Macdonnell

Kate Macdonnell

Stage Manager (thirsty)

Raised in: Ottawa, ON /Based in: Ottawa, ON

For the NAC: Rehearsal Assistant Stage Manager for The Glass Menagerie.

Theatre: Amelia: The Girl Who Wants To Fly, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again (Festival Players of Prince Edward County); Amelia: The Girl Who Wants to Fly, Plan B, Criminal Genius, Problem Child, Perfect Pie (Great Canadian Theatre Company); Monument (Obsidian Theatre); Orfeo (Opera Atelier); Humble Boy, Alice's Affair, Helen's Necklace, The Unexpected Man (Tarragon Theatre); Mother Tongue (Factory Theatre).

Erika Morey

Erika Morey

Apprentice Stage Manager (thirsty)

Raised in: Moncton, NB/Based in: Port Dover, ON

For the NAC: King Lear.

Theatre:  The Fly Fisher’s Companion, Jessie’s Landing (Lighthouse Festival Theatre), Poodle Skirts to Platform Shoes (Theatre Aquarius), Whispering Pines (Great Canadian Theatre Company), Lucia di Lammermoor (Opera Lyra Ottawa), They All Do It (Odyssey Theatre), Peter Pan, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (LFT Young Company).

Other:  Recipient of Theatre Ontario’s Professional Theatre Training Program grant for Technical Direction (2012). Apprentice Stage Manager for the 2012 Toronto Pride Festival.