INSTALLATION ARTIST | SCENOGRAPHER
Active memberships with CARFAC, Associated Designers of Canada and United Scenic Arts Local 829.
Troy Hourie is a performance designer and inter-arts installation artist.
He was a NYC based performance designer for almost fifteen years, during which he designed over 300 productions of plays, musicals and operas. He has moved back to Canada and is based in Toronto. He is a dual Canadian/American citizen and works in both countries. He is a Métis artist.
His opera and theatre credits include The Glimmerglass Festival, The New Victory, New York Theatre Workshop, Cherry Lane Theatre, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Classical Theatre of Harlem, The Guthrie, Bay Street Theatre, Williamstown, Huntington Theatre, Jupiter Maltz Theatre, Sarasota Opera, Nashville Opera, Austin Lyric Opera and Virginia Opera.
His visual art practice revolves around the themes of wonder, spectatorship, immersion and intermediality.
He is interested in exploring the relationship of an audience to performative work and the creation of visceral experiences through performance-based art and installation work in theatre, architecture and the visual arts.
Troy completed several artist residencies; Two residencies (2014,2016) at ARTErra Residências Rurais Artísticas in Portugal and Arteles Creative Centre in Finland. Installation works include; Apparitions | The Bed, Escape to Beira, Casa da Maravilha, and Apparitions | The Attic. In 2015, he was commissioned by the Glimmerglass Festival to produce a media landscape installation called Enchanted Space | The Wisdom Tree. In 2016, Troy was commissioned to create Espreitar Tondela, three public artworks called Tranquilidate, Entre lacos and Perplexidade for ARTErra and the town of Tondela, Portgual. In 2017, Troy was engaged as a visual artist to collaborate on Static Apnea | A performative art installation with Chris McElroen at the dEEP ANATOMY Festival, Auckland, New Zealand.
Awards include: 2015 International Opera Award Nomination, 2013 Helen Hayes Award Nomination, 2012 Joseph Jefferson Award Nomination, 2007 Henry Hewes Nomination, 2005 Audelco Award and six nominations, 2003 Drama Desk Nomination and a 2005 Ford Foundation Artist Grant. Troy’s performance design work has represented Canada in the Prague Quadrennial 2015 and the United States in the PQ 1997 and 2011.
Master of Arts, Scenography, Royal Central School for Speech and Drama, University of London, 2012.
Master of Fine Arts, Scenic Design, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1997.
Bachelor of Interior Design, University of Manitoba, Faculty of Architecture, 1991.
Troy is currently faculty at the University of Guelph in the College of Arts, School of English and Theatre Studies.
Ontario Arts Council
Interarts Project Creation Grant for "Freaks", 2018
Exhibition Assistance Grant for "Apparitions", 2018
Artist in Communities Grant for "Apparitions", 2018
Canada Council for the Arts
Artist Travel Grant for "Espreitar Tondela". 2016
Freaks | A performative installtion - Work in progress
Encontro Internacional de Marionetas in Porto, Portugal June 2019
Continued development and presentation of an interactive art installation inspired by the penny dreadful story, String of Pearls (Sweeney Todd)
that merges installation, puppetry, media and performance art practices.
Supported by Ontario Arts Council Interarts creation grant for recent workshop at Art Gallery of Guelph.
Aurora Cultural Centre, Ontario
Final culmination of 5 year long interactive, immersive art installation based on the esoteric themes in Britten's Turn of the Screw.
Supported by Ontario Arts Council Interarts and and Artists in Communities grants.
American Vicarious Theatre, NYC
New play by Jonathan Leaf directed by Chris McElroen at the Sheen Centre Black Box Theatre
Scenic design by Troy Hourie.
July 23 to Aug 25, 2018
The Fall of the House of Usher -
Mannes School of Music, NYC
Engaged as a visual artist to create a projected landscape and installation for Phillip Glass' experimental opera. Direction and digital scenography by Troy Hourie.
Feb 1 to 3, 2018
Espreitar Tondela -
ARTErra, Tondela Portugal
In the fall of 2016, Troy was commissioned by ARTErra and the town of Tondela to create several public inter-arts installations during at 10 week artist residency.
Nov 10 to November 28, 2016
Tranquilidade and Entre lacos are both permanent installations in public green spaces and Perplexidade has been placed in the permanent art collection of the Museu Terra de Besteiros.