Tina is a mixed-race Latina lesbian/queer identified feminist artist and professional Actor (SAG- AFTRA), Casting Director, Screenwriter, Solo Performer, Acting Teacher, Public Speaking Trainer, and Performance Coach. She is a lover of films, plays, poetry, literature, dance, and art that helps to heal, inspire, move, and create a more loving and peaceful world for all of us.
Tina grew up in Boston where she spent years developing her stage skills in theater, solo performance, and performance poetry. During her time in Boston, she performed in Living On, a Tony Award winning play, written and directed by Lois Roach. She also starred in the beloved play, Motherlands (directed by Brenda Cotto), which was staged at the Theatre Offensive. This production of Motherlands went on to win the Boston Women’s Fund Award.
Tina D'Elia is known for her Latina Lesbian - Groucho Marx solo show, Groucho: A Day in the D’Elia Soup (2002), which she began developing in 1996 at The New Theatre in Boston under the direction of Rick DesRochers. Her solo show was developed into a short film, Groucho (directed by Michael La Rocco), and toured in festivals nationally and internationally in 2005-2006.
Tina’s award winning solo show, The Rita Hayworth of this Generation, directed Mary Guzmán garnered Best of Fringe and Best of Sold Out Shows at the San Francisco Fringe Festival (2015). Lucha (2009), a short film that she co-wrote with the award-winning film director, Maria Breaux, won The Audience Award at the Frameline International LGBT Festival (2009) and was nominated for the prestigious Iris Prize (UK). Tina also won Best Stunt Award in the LGBT Moorhead Film Festival for the short film Mechanics Daydream. She is currently developing a new solo show, Overlooked Latinas, with director Mary Guzmán and Solo Performance Teacher & Dramaturge, David Ford.
Tina’s film and television credits include: The Pursuit of Happyness, Knife Fight, Don't Shoot I'm the Guitar Man, Junkie, Sense8 on Netflix, Trauma on NBC TV, Dyke Central (web series), and Possession: A Game of Inches (web series).