Troy Hourie | College of Arts

Troy Hourie

Assistant Professor
School of English and Theatre Studies
Phone number: 
x 53504
MCKN 411

B.I.D. U Manitoba 1991, MFA Scenic Design UMASS Amherst 1997, MA Scenography U London, RCSSD 2012


Areas of Specialization:

scenographic/performance design, installation art, art history, architecture and theatre design; current work revolves around the themes of wonder, immersion, spectatorship and intermediality

Troy is a scenographer and installation artist. He has designed over 350 productions for various off-Broadway, regional and opera companies across the USA, Canada and internationally; including Glimmerglass Festival, The New Victory, New York Theatre Workshop, Cherry Lane Theatre, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Epic Theatre Ensemble, Juilliard, The Guthrie, Bay Street Theatre, New York Stage and Film, Williamstown, Huntington Theatre, Court Theatre, Studio Theatre, DC. Syracuse Stage, Sarasota Opera, Nashville Opera and Virginia Opera. Awards: AUDELCO Award and nominations for Helen Hayes Award, Joseph Jefferson Award, Henry Hewes Award, Drama Desk Award, International Opera Award, six AUDELCO nominations and Ford Foundation Artist Grant. His work was exhibited in the 1998, 2011 and 2015 Prague Quadrenials. Installations: Apparitions, Artscape Gibralter, Escape to Beira, ARTErra Portugal, Apparitions Attic, Arteles Finland, Static Apnea, Performance Arcade, NZ, Enchanted Spaces: The Wisdom Tree, Glimmerglass Festival and Espreitar Tondela, commissioned public artworks for Arterra, and the town of Tondela, Portugal.

Troy is an installation artist whose career has evolved from a scenographic/performance design background. Trained in art history, architecture and theatre design, He has merged these disciplines to an artistic practice that focuses on the relationship of the body to three-dimensional space as it interacts with what it perceives. His current work revolves around the themes of wonder, immersion, spectatorship and intermediality. In search of building a visceral experience for the viewer, my work speculates that evoking elements of wonder, chance and discovery in the creative process can lead to an engaged and thoughtful participation by its viewer. For Troy, scenographic space has always embraced the notion of ‘constructed realities’, whether it is a maquette for theatre, a cabinet of wonder or an art installation. The layering of physical and ephemeral spaces with the body works like a three-dimensional collage to immerse the spectator into a reflective position where the mind is more receptive to abstract thought and experiences. Much of his work attempts to intrigue the viewer by presenting them with an evocative image that asks them to engage with the artwork more closely. It can be a peek-hole, a reflection, a larger sculptural mass that draws them in to a more intimate, immersive experience. He often draws on techniques used in historical devices of wonder to emulate the awe created when observing artworks from a unique point of view. This kind of intense exploration encourages the viewer to consider the artwork more carefully, pondering meaning for each moment in the context of the whole installation.

Troy has designed, taught or guest lectured at New York University, Dalhousie University, The Juilliard School, U. of Connecticut, Williams College, Duke University, Queens College, Syracuse University and Cornell University.