Painter & Set Designer
Peter Horne, Theatre Designer and artist

Born in Victoria British Columbia, Canada, of British parents, now resident in the United Kingdom. Following a Quixotic education, attended McGill University in Montreal, then the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University, Peter ventured into the world of the theatre. He began as an Assistant Designer working at: Stratford Shakespearean Festival (Canada), The Shaw Festival, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and On and Off Broadway in New York. In the 1970's and 80's he became a renowned realize of stage works of several artists. (Maurice Sendak, Earl Staley, Jim Dine). During this period he also was teaching at the National Theatre School in Montreal and several guest assignments Canadian and US Institutions.

It was during the late 1980's and 90's that he became a respected Technical Direction and Production Director. An achievement earned after many years of making and managing the major craft areas, Props, Costumes and Scenery. The appointments at Houston Grand Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Glyndebourne Festival and Touring Opera, were the pinnacle of his administrative theatre career.

During this period Peter took time to design several productions for Drama, Opera and Ballet. (Texas Opera Theatre, Skylight Opera in Milwaukee, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Seattle Rep, Bellport Playhouse, Houston Ballet, of note are the 6 Nutcracker productions, Les Grand Ballets Canadien, BalletMet , Atlanta Ballet, Washington Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Slovak National Ballet, plus the realization of the Sendak Nutcracker for Pacific Northwest Ballet and Atlantic Films.

Life at the easel has been an interrupted one. Several times Peter took time off from his theatre career to focus on his painting and drawing. The seascape always fascinated him, so he sought a location of peace and began to paint for several weeks and sometimes longer. His series of 12 Cape Cod paintings were done over a year in the late 70's. These were his first proper sales. Since then he has had exhibitions in New York, at Glyndebourne, Martha's Vineyard and Provincetown. He is now semi retired so that he can focus on painting full time. He lives in Camber in East Sussex with his partner and Oscar our Border Terrier.

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