Tyron Hoisten, a graduate of The University of Akron, is a writer, an actor, an artist—in short, he is a creative. Hoisten, an only child, is a native Akronite. His early years were characterized by love, joy and creativity. From the very first time that his gifted hands grasped a pencil, Hoisten has been drawing. His artistic abilities opened many doors, including one to Miller South: School of the Performing Arts—and another to Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh's 2006 Safety Kids Calendar contest, which awarded him grand prize and his winning artwork featured on several billboards.
In 2007, Hoisten shifted focus to a different artistic medium: the theatre. After performing in the Weathervane Theatre's revival of Antigone, Hoisten decided to channel his knack for storytelling to write a play that would highlight his comedic abilities, as well as spread messages of hope. At the age of 16, he wrote, directed and starred in his first play, Jersey City Baptist, which opened to a full house at Second Baptist Church. This feat gave Hoisten a different kind of notoriety, including the first of many profiles in various local news publications. One write-up caught the eye of an author, whom Hoisten would collaborate with to stage her novel about domestic violence titled, Is Real Love worth My Life?
Hoisten's style of dramatizing and spreading awareness about social issues made way for a commissioning by Akron Public School's Project RISE to write a series of plays focusing on teen homelessness. Since graduating from Ellet High School in 2010, to 2015, Hoisten penned five impactful plays for Project RISE—three of which received major recognition from the Akron Beacon Journal. More opportunities arose from his work with Akron Public Schools, including a position as a columnist for the Akron-based magazine, The Devil Strip.
While having presented from an array of platforms, including the Akron Civic Theatre, TEDx Akron, Upward Bound, and Ohio Black Women’s Leadership Caucus, Inc., just to name a few—and while having received many local acknowledgements, Hoisten still remains grounded, and continues to view his work as acts of service.
Going forward, Hoisten will be using art to re-imagine West Akron with a $10,000 grant that he received from The League of Creative Interventionists, with support from the Knight Foundation—and he will also seek more television opportunities to add to his numerous appearances on TCT, a Christian network, The Hallmark Channel's Home & Family and other local programs. Hoisten also hopes to tour his inspirational one-man show.
One of Hoisten’s favorite bible verses is Psalms 37:3: Trust in the LORD and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.