Kaitlin Hopkins has worked in theater, film, television, and radio, for over 30 years. Kaitlin currently heads the BFA Musical Theatre program at Texas State University, recently named one of the Top 10 Musical Theatre Programs in the nation. She has toured not only as an award-winning actress and director but also as an educator, teaching master classes at colleges and universities across the country.
As an actress, Kaitlin’s Broadway credits include: How The Grinch Stole Christmas(original “mama who”), Noises Off (“Belinda” 2002 revival), and Anything Goeswith Patti LuPone (Lincoln Center 2002). Kaitlin also has a half dozen cast album credits to her name and has originated multiple roles off-Broadway. These include “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 Nicky Silver’s Beautiful Child with Stephen Pasquale (The Vineyard Theatre).
Kaitlin’s favorite theater credits include: originating the roles of “Tiffany” in John Adams’s opera I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw The Sky(International tour/Lincoln Center /directed by Peter Sellars), “Diane” in Disney’s On The Record (National Tour), and “Margorie” in Dirty Dancing (US premiere/ national tour). Other favorites include: She Loves Me with Rebecca Luker (Reprise Series/ Ovation nomination), Present Laughter with Michael Cumpsty and Veanne Cox (Two Rivers Theatre/ directed by Frasier’s David Lee), The Philanderer (South Coast Repertory/Ovation nomination), Come Back Little Sheba (The Roundabout Theatre), The Opposite of Sex and Party Come Here(Williamstown Theatre Festival), and Blithe Spirit, Present Laughter, and The Importance of Being Ernest (The Pasadena Playhouse). Kaitlin has also participated in over 40 readings and workshops of new plays and musicals.
On the airwaves, Kailtin has recorded more than 20 radio plays including: The Heidi Chronicles (dir. Molly Smith), Working, and Proof (LA Theater Works/NPR). She can also be heard on original cast albums including: Bat Boy, Bare, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Disney’s On the Record, Only a Kingdom, and on her solo album "Make Me Sweat."
In the world of TV and film, Kaitlin has been seen in over 50 television shows, and in numerous films. Credits include: Confessions of a Shopaholic, The Nanny Diaries, How To Kill Your Neighbor’s Dog with Kenneth Branagh, Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, The Ransom of Redchief, Little Boy Blue, Law and Order, Law and Order SVU, Six Degrees, Law and Order CSI, Rescue Me, Spin City, Providence, The Practice, Star Trek Voyager, Deep Space Nine, JAG, The Division, Wings, One Life to Live, and three years as Dr. Kelsey Harrison on Another World.
As a director, favorite credits include: The Boch and Harnick Revue Beautiful, Beautiful World (The William Inge Festival/ co-conceived with Tony award winner Robert L. Freedman of Gentleman's Guide), The Real Tobasco (The Westport Playhouse and The Actors Studio), and Collision Course (The Lark Play Development Center). She is a member of the Playwright and Director's Workshop at The Actors Studio, and is proud to be a company member of the ground- breaking theater company The Matrix, and of LA Theatre Works, in Los Angeles. Kaitlin’s directing credits at Texas State University include: The World According to Snoopy (choreo: Adam Cates), RENT, Anything Goes, Urinetown, Hair, All Shook Up, Oklahoma, The Wild Party, A Little Princess (premiere), and Bat Boy-The Musical. Her productions at Texas State have been recognized with numerous awards by the Austin Critics' Table, and The Kennedy Center American Theater Festival awarded Kaitlin a commendation for Best Direction of All Shook Up.
Behind the scenes, Kaitlin’s accomplishments include serving on the board of The William Inge Foundation, the Las Casas Scholarship Foundation, and co- founding The Pasadena Playhouse Outreach Program. Kaitlin has also served as Co-Artistic Director for The Ojai Playwright’s Conference, and the Powerhouse Theatre in Santa Monica. During her time at Texas State, Kaitlin has co-created and launched the first musical theater training program in Chile, collaborating with her husband Jim Price and the ProJazz Institute in Santiago. Kaitlin is the proud creator of Fontus Dry Throat Lozenges. Designed for singers, Fontus Dry Throat Lozenges are the lozenge of choice of many Broadway and touring companies. And, Kaitlin is proud to have co-authored a workbook with her husband and noted psychologist Dr. Bill Crawford that accompanies Crawford’s book “Freeing the Artistic Mind,” which assists young artists with stress and mental health management.
Today, Kaitlin lives in New York City, Los Angeles and San Marcos Texas, with her husband, actor and playwright James Price, and their two corgis, Lilydale and Barkley. 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. Jim Price serves on the musical theater faculty at Texas State, and is Head of the MFA in Dramatic Writing Program.
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