kirstinhinton_18Kirstin Rae Hinton was born and raised in Orillia, Ontario. Her professional acting career began in high school, touring Orillia and surrounding areas with the Park Street Players in Neil Simon’s Noises Off. Kirstin went on to attend and graduate from the York University Acting program, and then worked professionally in Toronto for a number of years before making a four year sojurn to Los Angeles in 2006. Her Canadian theatre credits include work with Tribal Productions, Crow’s Theatre, Toronto Fringe, Summerworks, and Stratical Theatre (the company that she co-founded with husband Jason Jazrawy upon returning to Canada).

While in Los Angeles, Kirstin had the honour of being directed by Chicago theatre legend Joyce Piven in the first American production of the Canadian play Suffragette Koans, which Kirstin co-produced. Joyce then introduced Kirstin to Tim Robbins and his wonderful theatre company THE ACTORS GANG, where she trained and worked in their style: a form of commedia d’el arte combined with improv, which they are known for and very proud of.

Kirstin has been featured in several M.O.W’s, miniseries, episodics, features and shorts over the years and continues to work steadily. Becoming a mother recently has inspired a new burst of creativity, and Kirstin looks forward to what the future holds – to what projects Stratical Theatre takes on, to the paintings that come to life in her head and then on canvas, and to continued adventures in the worlds of film and television.