Founding Director of Education & Development
During Tina Hamilton's teaching career, she's written and implemented grants that facilitate partnerships between local performing arts institutions and area schools. She enjoys creating and producing musical theater performances which address social justice issues and allow local young artists opportunities to use their gifts to inspire others. She's volunteered her time in area high schools conducting musical theater workshops and at elementary schools aiding them in preparing and performing dance, drama and singing presentations. She's served on the Greenwood Village Arts & Humanities Council since 2018.
Tina is the Founding Director of Education at HArts Academy, a 501(c)(3) private non-profit organization, which has been in existence since 2014. She's the director of Kindermusik of the Village where she teaches as a licensed Kindermusik Educator and partners with Developmental Pathways to integrate children with special needs into all their classes. She's a vocal coach, director, writer and producer and conceived CLOC (Civic Light Opera of Colorado) and CLOCK (Civic Light Opera of Colorado Kids). Under CLOC, she composed and produced her musical adaptation of Carol Young's The Gorilla & the Fairy: A Story of Domestic Violence and Recovery at the Arapahoe Libraries and in 2019 she produced and performed in Around the World in 80 Minutes: A Journey Through the History & Cultural Art Inspired by Christmas Traditions which featured classic music and visual art from around the world accompanied by historical and cultural education about the creation of each piece.
Ms. Hamilton has worked professionally in musical theater since 1995 and in 2001 she won Best Actress for the Season in Los Angeles, CA for her role as Amy in Stephen Sondheim’s Company and was hailed as "a highlight" and a "showstopper" by the Palisadian Post. She was also cast in Learner and Lowe's My Fair Lady as Mrs. Eynsford Hill with the Orange Coast Civic Light Opera. Around the same time she won the KTLA/Fulfillment Fund's Teacher of the Year award in Los Angeles where she taught Korean Dual Language Fourth Grade and general music. While there she produced The Legend of the Many Sons, A Chinese Children's Opera at Wilton Place Elementary School. In addition, Ms. Hamilton produced and directed Dear Wormwood by James Forsythe which was voted "Best Bet for the Weekend" by The Orange County Register. Also, while in Los Angeles, Tina was fortunate to be accepted to study improv at The Groundlings School where she studied under Steven Pierce.
In between Los Angeles and Greenwood Village, she's lived on Whidbey Island, WA where she premiered her one woman a cappella musical, Home & Heart, based on the Newberry Award winning Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse. In addition, she was honored to serve our military families in her role of Child and Youth Programs Trainer for the US Navy at NAS Whidbey Islandand is an American Heart Association faculty member giving First Aid, CPR & AED instructions to healthcare providers and lay rescuers. The highlight of her week is facilitating music and movement classes for adults with special needs in the form of "Karaoke Dance Club"!
Tina graduated from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas with a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre Performance via several vocal performance scholarships and studied with the legendary Marni Nixon (singing voice for Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, Natalie Wood in West Side Story among many others). She landed lead roles in several main stage musicals such as Anne in Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music, Anna Helde in Tintypes, Marie Gallante in Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill, Mary Turner in George Gershwin's Of Thee I Sing, Yum Yum in Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado, and Adele in Mozart's Die Fledermause. She received her teaching credential through Los Angeles School District Intern Program.
Tina is the mother of 4 caring and compassionate children who have attended Belleview Elementary, Campus Middle School and Cherry Creek High School. She's lived in Greenwood Village since 2014 and absolutely loves it!
Music is not something we produce, it's something that produces a change both in us and our students. In all our years and thousands of students, we have yet to end a class and not look at the world in a new way. Music captures what all the other human senses leave behind. We consider ourselves nothing less than celebrators of the human condition, for better or worse. When you take our classes, we think you'll agree.