Bindon Kinghorn

Pre-Diploma (Wimbledon School of Art, England), Diploma (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art)
Theatre Manager/Instructor
Production & Management

Brief Biography

Since emigrating from England in 1973, Bindon Kinghorn has been Assistant General Manager of The Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, the Artistic Director of The Nanaimo Theatre Festival, Associate Production Manager of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the XV Commonwealth Games, and founding director of the Parliament Building Players in Victoria.

Currently the Theatre Manager and an Instructor for the Department, Bindon also chairs the Theatre Safety Committee. He has both acted in and directed such Phoenix shows as Colours in the Storm, The Days of the Commune, The Thwarting of Baron Billigrew, Hay Fever, The Suicide, Rodgers and Hart, The Pirates of Penzance, Round and Round the Garden, Loot, and Peter Pan (which he also co-directed for CHEK TV). He created and directed the ‘train-musical’ Allaboard! with colleague Dale McIntosh, and in 2001 directed two shows in Madeira, Portugal.

Upon his retirement in 2012, faculty member Linda Hardy wrote the following to commemorate Bindon’s time at the Phoenix.

Bindon Kinghorn joined the Department of Theatre in 1973, as a young man in his twenties. Originally appointed as chief carpenter, his all-round talents quickly became apparent and indispensable! It was not unusual to find him in the thick of evening rehearsals; sometimes as an actor, often as a director, almost always as a production supervisor. He was a delightful comedian and a discerning director; and, over the years, as he gained experience and as his expertise developed, he became a bold and valuable visionary in the Department, suggesting creative projects to faculty and staff alike. His passion for the Phoenix Theatre was evident in all he undertook, and his work invariably reflected his own generosity of spirit and love of the theatre.

One outstanding example of Bindon’s creative genius was the concept of Barbecue Theatre. The Department had produced the Phoenix Summer Theatre for years, but no one had thought of taking it outdoors. Bindon turned the patio of the Faculty Club (as the University Club used to be called) into the perfect setting for the plays of Noel Coward, Agatha Christie, and J.M. Barrie. In his production of Peter Pan, which was presented as part of the prestigious academic Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in the summer of 1990, the crocodile really “tick-tocked” in the water, and Peter Pan himself actually flew across the pond! Bindon even spearheaded a fundraising campaign to raise the enormous sum required to bring in the Foys to set up the fly rig. Barbecue Theatre ran for years, until summer grants for students disappeared and the Department’s ability to pay students to participate in the summer theatre season was curtailed.

In 1992, Bindon persuaded Dr. Dale McIntosh from Music Education to collaborate on Allaboard! – a brilliant musical review. Bindon conceived the project not only as a tribute to the Canadian Pacific Railway, but also “as a reflection of Canada’s unity and strength”. The show represented a tremendous collaborative effort of directors, designers, performers, musicians, and technicians across various university departments. Indeed, it was a reflection in itself of inspired artistry.

The Phoenix will miss Bindon’s presence and vitality as our Theatre Manager. We will especially miss his keen sense of humour, his concern for the wellbeing of everyone in the department, and his deep love of his students. Without him there is an emptiness that will be hard to fill. However, all things change, and no man ever earned his retirement as well as he. Thank you, Bindon!