Behind The Scenes at The Gem Theatre
Behind The Scenes
The Respect Creative Team
Dr. Dorothy Marcic, Author
This year alone, he will be seen world wide in his co-starring role as Wayne in Bill Condon’s record breaking film, Dreamgirls. Off-Broadway Hinton’s talents can be seen in the successful show, Evil Dead: The Musical, where he serves as co-director and choreographer. Having just finished choreographing last season’s Universal Pictures/HBO movie musical Idlewild starring Outkast and Terrence Howard, this season brings him together with Wynton Marsalis for The Bubby Bolden Story, a feature film about the untold story of the man who created jazz in America. His schedule continues with the stage musical Respect, a musical journey of women from the 1900s – 2007.
Born in Germany, raised in Washington, D.C. and New York City, Battle's tremendous talent became apparent at the early age of nine. After three years of studying ballet at the Jones & Haywood School of Ballet, he received a scholarship to The School of American Ballet where he studied until the age of fifteen under the legendary George Balanchine. That same year, Hinton made his Broadway debut starring as The Scarecrow in The Wiz.
Hinton’s other Broadway staring roles include Dancin', Dreamgirls, Chicago (Billy Flynn) and Ragtime (Coalhouse Walker Jr.), which garnered rave reviews from the Chicago press and earned him an Ira Aldridge Award. His role in The Tap Dance Kid also earned Hinton the NAACP Award and the Fred Astaire Award.
Hinton’s long list of television credits include: Shine, his one man show presented at the HBO Aspen Comedy Arts Festival; The Kennedy Center’s 25th Anniversary; Buffy The Vampire Slayer (“Sweet”, the evil dance master); These Old Broads co-starring Shirley MacLaine, Joan Collins, Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor; and ABC/Disney’s Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story where Hinton served as choreographer and co-star playing Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson, garnering him tremendous national reviews.
As choreographer, Hinton’s work has been seen on Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Musical, These Old Broads, Foreign Student (With Charles Dutton), The Golden Globe Awards, Dance in America; the sitcoms Fired Up, Sister Sister, The Trouble with Normal, and The Boys. Hinton has choreographed promos for Warner Brothers, commercials for Coca-Cola, Chicago The Millie and New York Top Appliances. He served as Associate Choreographer on the 65th and 66th Annual Academy Awards with Debbie Allen. Hinton’s most recent creation, a special new dance form called SWOP - a combination Swing and Hip-Hop - was performed on the highly rated Dancing With The Stars in 2006.
Hinton received a rave review from the New York Times for his concert work for THE WASHINGTON REFLECTIONS, THE BALTIMORE ORCHESTRA, CAPITAL BALLET OF WASHINGTON DC, BALTIMORE SCHOOL OF THE ARTS EXPRESSIONS BENEFIT, and BLACK ENGINEERING AWARDS.
Hinton’s accomplishments in theater, along with his countless other opportunities have prepared him to embark upon his new endeavor: Founder & Artistic Director of The Hinton Battle Theatre Laboratory (HBTL) whose purpose is to become the leading not-for-profit organization in the identification, development, and production of thought-provoking original theatrical works that engage audiences that are both economically and ethnically diverse. In partnership with the Harlem Commonwealth Council, we are excited to have opened HBTL Youth Academy located in Harlem for talented children 8 – 19. The students will receive classes by professional training in dance, drama, and vocal at zero cost to students.