Kaitlin Hopkins is Head of the Musical Theatre program and brings with her over 35 years of experience working internationally, on and off Broadway, regional theatre, film, television, opera and radio. Kaitlin has a half dozen cast album credits to her name, originating the roles of “Meredith Parker” in the critically acclaimed Bat Boy-the Musical, for which she received Drama Desk and Ovation award nominations, “Claire” in the cult-hit Bare: a pop opera, “Jeannie” in The Great American Trailer Park Musical and “Diane” in Disney’s On The Record (National Tour). Kaitlin’s Broadway credits include Noises Off, Anything Goes (2002/Lincoln Center) and originating the role of “Mama Who” in How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Other favorite theater credits include originating the role of “Tiffany” in the international tour of John Adams’ opera I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw The Sky directed by Peter Sellars; starring in She Loves Me with Rebecca Luker for the Reprise Series for which she received an Ovation nomination; originating roles in Nicky Silver's Beautiful Child and originating the role of “Margorie” in the US premiere and national tour of Dirty Dancing, Present Laughter (Two Rivers Theatre/Pasadena Playhouse) and The Philanderer (South Coast Rep). Kaitlin has appeared in over 50 television shows including three years on Another World as Dr. Kelsey Harrison, 11 feature films and recorded over 20 radio plays. Kaitlin was proud to be a company member of ground- breaking theater company The Matrix and LA Theatre Works in Los Angeles.
She has toured the country, not only as an award-winning actress and director, but also as an educator, teaching master classes at colleges and universities across the country. Since being at Texas State University in collaboration with the ProJazz Institute in Santiago, Chile, Kaitlin helped launch the first musical theater training program in that country with her husband and fellow faculty member Jim Price. In addition she is the proud creator of Fontus Dry Throat Lozenges, designed for singers and is the lozenge of choice of many Broadway and touring companies. www.fontussciences.com
As a director her productions at Texas State have been recognized by the Austin Critics' Table Awards for the following:
2012 she won the Austin Critics' Table Award for Best Musical for her production of Oklahoma
2011 she won Best Direction for All Shook Up and Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party
2014 nomination Best Production/ Best Director Anything Goes
2013 nomination Best Musical Urinetown
2010 nomination Best Director Oklahoma and Hair
2009 nomination for Best Musical for Bat Boy-The Musical
In addition, the Kennedy Center American Theater Festival awarded her a commendation for Best Direction All Shook Up.
She is a past panel member for NFAA Young Arts week and has served as a frequent regional judge for the American College Theatre Festival’s Irene Ryan awards, including the national finals held at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Kaitlin has spent her whole life in the entertainment industry and comes from a long line of working professionals. Her mother is two time Oscar nominee actress Shirley Knight (www.shirleyknight.net), her father was award- winning theatre and film producer Gene Persson, and her step-father was award-winning playwright, film and television writer John. R. Hopkins. She has also produced for the theater, television and radio. Kaitlin currently serves on the board for The William Inge Foundation and helped found The Pasadena Playhouse Outreach Program. She also served as Co-Artistic Director for The Ojai Playwright's Conference.. For more of her credits visit www.KaitlinHopkins.com.