College students and performing artists are in a high risk demographic for mental illness and stress related disorders. Hopkins has created and implemented a mental wellness curriculum as a standard part of her innovative musical theater training program at Texas State University, primarily utilizing new and exciting research behind the science of the brain and how it works under stress. Hear her talk about her efforts to advance mental health education through cutting-edge research, and join her in her push to make mental wellness education a standard part of higher education, particularly as it relates to the training curriculum for visual and performing artists. #TeachMentalHealthNow.
Kaitlin Hopkins is an award-winning actress, director, and educator. She currently heads the musical theater program at Texas State University. Hopkins has worked on and off Broadway, in film, television and radio for over 35 years. In 2009 she created the BFA musical theater degree at Texas State University, recently named one of the Top 10 Musical Theatre Programs in nation. In 2016 she received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching from Texas State University, and was recognized by Broadway Dreams Foundation as an innovative voice in education, participating on a panel as one of the 6 top women educators in the country in the performing arts. In 2012 Hopkins launched the first musical theater training program in Chile in collaboration with the ProJazz Institute. Kaitlin is also the proud creator and President of Fontus Dry Throat Lozenges.
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