Tyler Hanes is an accomplished dancer/singer/actor who grew up in the Atlanta, Georgia, area and has been a performer for most of his life. As a child and teen, he did many commercials, voice overs, industrials and television shows and held numerous dance titles and scholarships from Dance Masters of America and Dance Educators of America.
Musical theater became important to Tyler when he was cast in the national tour of THE WILL ROGERS’ FOLLIES. Regional productions of THE KING AND I (with Shirley Jones) and CINDERELLA (The Joffrey Ballet) soon followed. He was also cast in several productions of the Atlanta Workshop Players Tour Show, a touring company that performs throughout the southeast. At the age of 14, Tyler became the youngest person to play an adult role in a main stage show at Opryland, USA, where he was featured in I HEAR AMERICA SINGING.
Throughout these busy years, Tyler continued to train at CCCEPA, Cobb County’s performing arts magnet school, the Atlanta Ballet, and was twice scholarshipped to Ann Reinking’s Broadway Theater Project. At CCCEPA, he appeared in countless productions. For his efforts in THE TEMPEST and CHILDREN OF EDEN, Tyler was twice awarded the Best Actor distinction in Georgia’s One-Act Competition.
At the age of 17, while training at The Broadway Theater Project, Tyler caught the eye of Ann Reinking, who cast him in the first national tour of FOSSE. Tyler put his scholarship to Carnegie Mellon University on hold for a year while touring in FOSSE.
Since studying at CMU, Tyler has been fortunate to be cast in several Broadway shows where he has been privileged to work with some amazing performers, directors and producers, including OKLAHOMA!, URBAN COWBOY, THE BOY FROM OZ, THE FROGS, SWEET CHARITY, HAIRSPRAY, and A CHORUS LINE, where he played Larry in the Original Revival Company.
He can be heard on the original cast recordings of THE BOY FROM OZ, THE FROGS, SWEET CHARITY and A CHORUS LINE. In 2005, Tyler was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his breakout performance as Ren McCormick in the Chicago production of Footloose.
On camera, Tyler has had guest spots on “One Life to Live” and “30 Rock.” He has starred in the independent films In the Blood & Rose and also appeared in Phoebe in Wonderland with Felicity Huffman and Bill Pullman.
A proud member of AEA, Tyler volunteers his time for benefits and causes, while at the same time continuing to train and teach master classes, hoping to share with others his love of the arts