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Kaitlin Hopkins (born February 1, 1964) is an American stage, screen, and television actress, the daughter of actress Shirley Knight and stage producer/director Gene Persson.[1]

Kaitlin Hopkins
Kaitlin Persson

(1964-02-01) February 1, 1964 (age 55)
Known forBat Boy: The Musical


Born in New York City, Hopkins was raised in London by her mother and stepfather John Hopkins, but returned to New York in 1976, at the age of 12. The following year she began her career in a summer stock production of The Children's Hour starring her mother and Joanne Woodward.[citation needed]

In 1982, at the age of 18, Hopkins graduated from the Williston Northampton School, where she was a member of the Williston Widigers.[citation needed]

Hopkins attended the musical theater program at Carnegie Mellon University and studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.[citation needed]

Hopkins' first television credit was an appearance on the soap opera One Life to Live, followed by a regular role on Another World. In 1993, she moved to Los Angeles, where she joined The Matrix Theatre Company. She spent weekends singing at The Pink in Santa Monica, and later performed at The Cinegrill, The Gardina, and At My Place. During this period, her television credits included Beverly Hills, 90210, Murder, She Wrote, The Practice, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager in the episode Live Fast and Prosper,Spin City, and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.[citation needed]

In 1994, at the age of 30, Hopkins was cast in the rock opera I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky by Peter Sellars. She spent the next year traveling the world with the production, performing in Paris, Hamburg, Helsinki, and Montreal, as well as at the Edinburgh Festival, among other locales.[citation needed]

In 2002, aged 38, Hopkins made her Broadway debut in Noises Off. She has also appeared in the Lincoln Center benefit performance of Anything Goes with Patti LuPone and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.[citation needed]

Hopkins has performed in numerous live radio plays for LA Theater Works, including Proof with Anne Heche and The Heidi Chronicles with Martha Plimpton.[citation needed]

In 2009, Hopkins was named the new Head of Musical Theatre at Texas State University under the Department Chair, Dr. John Fleming. Her husband, John Price, is also on the faculty at Texas State, where he is the Head of Playwriting.[2]

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  1. ^ Weber, Bruce (June 21, 2008). "Gene Persson, Film and Theater Producer, Dies at 74". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
  2. ^ Dennard, Mary Anna (June 28, 2015). Women in the Performing Arts: Kaitlin Hopkins. Huffington Post, June 28, 2015. Retrieved from


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