Kaitlin Hopkins is an award-winning actress, director, and educator and has worked in theatre, film, and television for more than 30 years. In 2009, she created the BFA musical theatre program at Texas State University. She currently heads the program, recently named one of the top 10 musical theatre programs in the nation.
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 Top 6 women educators in the performing arts. During her tenure at Texas State University, and in collaboration with the ProJazz Institute, Hopkins created and launched the first musical theatre training program in Chile.
Hopkins has pioneered groundbreaking research on mental wellness and performing artists. Her TEDx Talk on the subject has garnered international attention, and her research on the topic has been put into practice in the curriculum for the musical theatre program at Texas State University as part of its holistic approach to training performing artists.
As an entrepreneur, she is the co-founder of Living Mental Wellness, which is a holistic, evidence-based company that offers educational programs to enhance mental wellness through an integrated scientific life skills model. In addition, Hopkins is the proud creator and president of Fontus Green Apple Dry Throat Lozenges, in partnership with Ocu-soft, a multi-million dollar pharmaceutical company. Fontus is the official lozenge of Hamilton: An American Musical and many other Broadway and national touring companies, and the lozenge of choice for many celebrities, including Kristin Chenoweth, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, and Julie Andrews.
Kaitlin’s Broadway acting credits include: Noises Off with Jane Curtin from "Saturday Night Live," How The Grinch Stole Christmas, originating the role of Mama Who, and Anything Goes with Patti LuPone. Kaitlin 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 Drama Desk and Ovation Award nominations, Bare: A Pop Opera, and The Great American Trailer Park Musical. In addition, she originated roles in the national tours of Disney's On the Record and Dirty Dancing, and in the international tour of John Adams's opera I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw The Sky, directed by Peter Sellars.
Kaitlin has appeared in more than 50 television shows, including Star Trek Deep Space Nine, Star Trek Voyager, Spin City, Law and Order SVU, Law and Order CSI, and three years on Another World as Dr. Kelsey Harrison. Her feature film credits include 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, Hopkins's productions have been recognized by the Austin Critics' Table Awards with 11 nominations and 7 wins, including Best Musical for Oklahoma!, Urinetown, and Anything Goes. She recently directed and co-produced the world premiere of The World According to Snoopy, which launches a national tour in 2019.