Hoyt, Henry E.
- Daniel S. Krempel
Hoyt, Henry E. (?1834–30 December 1906), theatrical scene painter and designer, was born in New Hampshire; other details of his early years and personal life outside his theatrical career are not documented. Hoyt’s career spanned a period of drastic change in the business arrangements of New York’s commercial theater. Theater managers abandoned the “stock company” approach of hiring a company of actors and a design staff to produce an entire season of plays, opting instead for “combination” production, that is, hiring actors for the run of a single play and contracting out sets and costumes to the lowest bidder among designers working for competing commercial studios. Judging from his major credits, Henry Hoyt seems to have preferred to continue working as a freelancer and was fortunate in having developed relationships with managements that continued to use the old production system....