"I believe in a holistic, individualized approach to artist training. A successful artist lives deliberately in the world, using their talents to serve their community and heal humanity. I believe in creating a safe and challenging environment for storytellers to fail forward, and that collaboration leads to continued opportunities for personal and artistic growth. Great work lives in stepping outside of one's comfort zone, not in the pursuit of perfection."
Kaitlin Hopkins is an award-winning actress, director, producer, and educator and has worked in theater, film, and television for over 30 years. In 2009 she created and the BFA Musical Theatre program at Texas State University, ranked in the top 10 musical theatre programs in the nation. She is also the proud co-founder of EETA, Educators for Equity in Theatre Arts.
As an entrepreneur, Hopkins is the proud creator and CEO of Fontus Green Apple Dry Mouth Lozenges. Fontus is the official lozenge of Hamilton the musical, and many other Broadway shows and national touring companies, and is the lozenge of choice for many performing artists including Kristin Chenoweth, Ariana Grande, Sutton Foster, and Taylor Louderman. www.FontusDryMouth.com
In addition, she is the Co-Founder of Living Mental Wellness, which is a holistic evidence-based company that offers educational programs to enhance mental wellness for performing artists through an integrated scientific life skills model. Her TEDx Talk on the importance of mental wellness education for students, along with her research and curriculum-based mental wellness training program for performing artists at Texas State has garnered international attention. www.LivingMentalWellness.com
As an educator, she received the 2016 Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching from Texas State University and was recognized by Broadway Dreams Foundation as an innovative voice in education, and one of the 6 top women educators in the performing arts. In 2012, in collaboration with the ProJazz Institute Hopkins created and launched the first musical theater-training program in Chile. In addition, she serves as an External Examiner for The Sharjah Performing Arts Academy in Dubai and on the Artistic Advisory board for North Texas Performing Arts. Hopkins teaches master classes all over the country and consults for multiple individuals and arts organizations.
As an actress her Broadway credits include: Noises Off, Anything Goes with Patti LuPone and originating the role of “Mama Who” in How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Hopkins has a half dozen cast album credits to her name and has originated multiple roles off-Broadway including: Bat Boy-the Musical for which she received a Drama Desk and Ovation award nominations, Bare: A Pop Opera, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, and Nicky Silver’s Beautiful Child. National tours include originating the roles of “Diane” in Disney’s On The Record, and “Margorie” in Dirty Dancing, and originating the role of “Tiffany” in the international tour of the John Adam opera I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky directed by Peter Sellars.
Hopkins has appeared in over 50 television shows including Star Trek- Deep Space Nine, Star Trek Voyager, JAG, Law and Order, Law and Order SVU, Law and Order CI, Rescue Me, Spin City and three years on Another World as Dr. Kelsey Harrison. She has appeared in 11 feature films including The Nanny Diaries, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles and How To Kill Your Neighbor’s Dog with Kenneth Branagh.
As a director, writer, producer her production of The World According to Snoopy, which made its world premiere at Texas State, and had regional premiers at Theatre Under The Stars, and Theatre Aspen. It is licensed by Concord Theatricals. Other producing credits include producing radio plays and musicals for The Plays the Thing Series (LA Theatre Works) and The Pet Shop (Animal Planet Network) hosted by comedian Andy Kindler. As a director, favorite credits include: The Boch and Harnick Revue To Life! which she co-conceived with Tony award winner Robert L. Freedman (The Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), The Two Orphans by Theresa Rebeck, and Collision Course by Jim Price (The Lark Play Development Center, NY). She is an alumni of the Playwright and Director's Workshop at The Actors Studio in New York, and the Theatre Artists Workshop of Westport, CT. Kaitlin’s directing credits at Texas State University include: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, RENT, Anything Goes, Urinetown, Hair, All Shook Up, Oklahoma!, The Wild Party, A Little Princess (world premiere), and Bat Boy-The Musical. Her productions at Texas State have been recognized with numerous awards by the Austin Critics' Table Awards.