Jerrika-Hinton-Headshot-2012Jerrika Hinton landed her first professional role at age 11 as Cassie Logan in a theatrical production of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. This starring role would soon launch an impressive and varied career in the arts as an actor, writer, producer and director.

She attended Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas where she studied directing and playwriting at the Meadows School of the Arts. By the time she graduated, Hinton had directed three productions, produced four experimental efforts, founded a small theatre company, written five shows and was awarded an SMU Rosenfield Award for Playwriting.

After college Jerrika traveled the US performing both classical and original works – including, most notably, Viola in Twelfth Night (Utah Shakespearean’s Festival) and the political satire she co-penned, Dreaming America (Echo Theatre). Continuing her commitment to developing new work, she eventually moved to Massachusetts to collaborate with New WORLD Theater’s annual Project 2050 program, a revolutionary multicultural and multidisciplinary youth arts program.

In 2012, Jerrika wrote, produced and directed the short film, The Strangely Normal, which received the distinction of being official selections of the San Francisco Black Film Festival, Out In The Desert LGBT Film Festival and Atlanta Black Film Festival.

Throughout her ambitious career, Hinton has maintained her commitment to fostering new work and community service, teaching at numerous theaters and most recently serving as an artist-in-residence at the East LA Classic Theatre. She currently volunteers with The Actors Fund.

In her free time, she studies French, picks locks and sneaks into graduate-level courses for a bit of free education (lately she’s been auditing criminal law). You can see her Thursday nights on ABC, where she plays the whip smart Dr. Stephanie Edwards on Grey’s Anatomy.

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