Creative Director, Co-Owner
Dino has been producing professional theatre in the Quad Cities since 1990. He received his BA in Performing Arts with a double emphasis in theatre and music, way back in the 1900's. He was director of theatre at the Putnam Museum, Director of Performing Arts at Marycrest University and the director of entertainment at Rhythm City Casino. He also appeared weekly with Paula Sands Live from 1995-2000 as the character Dr. Discovery. In 2006, Dino opened the Center for Living Arts as a place for people of all ages and experience levels to come and experience the magic and community of theatre. "Theatre and acting is not only for the professional entertainers. It's for everyone! Everyone has the ability to tell a story. We all tell stories everyday. Stories have great power to teach, to empower and to inspire. I am here to remind people of that fact and to help them take their place onstage."
Along with his theatre and education background, he also has advanced certifications in holistic health therapies. He taught anatomy and physiology at Black Hawk College for 13 years.
His driving force is to help people of all ages to WAKE UP! Don't let your last day of life arrive without YOU having 'sung your song!' Let your life be heard!"
Along with being the managing director of the Center for Living Arts, Tina Hayz is also the Director of Blessed Beginnings Preschool located at Trinity Lutheran Church in Moline, IL. She has served as Theatrical Programming Coordinator and Education Specialist at the Putnam Museum; and also as Entertainment Supervisor at Rhythm City Casino. She has choreographed over 100 shows in her 13 years at the Center. Tina also handles all costuming, tickets and props for our theatre. She is a founding member of the touring production of Godspell and playwright of Messages from the Heart that she and Dino wrote together. She is the tireless force, inspiration and muse to Mr. Hayz.
Welcome to the Center for Living Arts website! We are a local 'mom and pop' shop in the Quad Cities run by Dino and Tina Hayz. We have created a place for people to come and express themselves; to try something new. Theatre and acting is not only for the professional entertainers. It's for everyone! Everyone has the ability to tell a story. We all tell stories everyday. Stories have great power to teach, to empower and to inspire. We are here to remind people of that fact and to help them take their place onstage and in life.
We offer programs and classes to bring inspiration into the lives of the people we serve. We are here to help you find your 'center' and then live creatively from that space. Life is just too short to let it slip away without having had some fun and learned something new along the way!
LIVE YOUR LIFE OUTLOUD!!!
Dino Hayz, Creative Director