Kaitlin Hopkins is a Co-Founder of Living Mental Wellness, creator and President of Fontus Sciences (dry throat lozenge company) and an award-winning actress, director, and educator. In 2009 she created and currently heads the BFA Musical Theatre program at Texas State University, ranked in the top 10 musical theatre programs in the nation. She has worked internationally, on and off-Broadway, in major regional theaters, opera, film, television, and radio over 30 years. In 2016 she received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching from Texas State University, and in 2013, she was recognized by the Broadway Dreams Foundation as an innovative voice in education, participating in a panel as one of the 6 top women educators in the country. During her time at Texas State, Hopkins launched the first musical theater-training program in Chile, and pioneered groundbreaking research on mental wellness and performing artists. Her TEDx Talk on the subject garnered international attention and was instrumental in her journey in co-founding Living Mental Wellness with collaborators Dr. Hilary Cauthen and Dr. Marian Houser.
As an actress, Kaitlin’s Broadway credits include: Noises Off, How The Grinch Stole Christmas (original Mama Who) and Anything Goes with Patti Lupone. She originated 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, and has a half dozen cast album credits to her name, originating roles in the Off Broadway hits: Bat Boy-the Musical (Drama Desk and Ovation award nominations), Bare: a pop opera, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, and in the national tours of Disney’s On The Record and Dirty Dancing. Hopkins has appeared in over 50 television shows (including three years on Another World as Dr. Kelsey Harrison), 11 feature films (including The Nanny Diaries, Confessions of a Shopaholic, How to Kill Your Neighbors Dog with Kenneth Branagh and Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. As a director, Hopkins productions have been recognized by the Austin Critics' Table Awards with 12 nominations and 8 wins, including Best Musical for Oklahoma and Anything Goes. In addition she directed and co-produced the world premiere of A Little Princess and The World According to Snoopy. For more information visit www.kaitlinhopkins.net.