Jerrika Hinton made her stage debut in an adaptation of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry at age 11. She went on to reprise the role of Cassie Logan twice more in subsequent productions of Mildred D. Taylor's trilogy, while also performing with the Dallas Children's Theatre in her youth.
Hinton attended Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, graduating Cum Laude with Honors in 2003 with a theatrical BFA with emphasis in directing and playwriting. She was also honored with the Rosenfield Award for Playwriting.
After touring with the Utah Shakespearean Festival, Hinton made her screen debut in the movie Rain, based on the VC Andrews novel of the same name. She went on to guest star in Zoey 101, Lie to Me, Terriers, Bones and Scandal.
In 2012 Hinton wrote and directed the film The Strangely Normal, which received multiple premieres at the San Francisco Black Film Festival, Atlanta Underground Film Festival and Out in the Desert LGBT Film Festival.
A regular volunteer in schools across the nation leading performing and writing workshops, Hinton is an advocate for arts in schools as well as a supporter of The Innocence Project.