Dean of the School of the Arts, Associate Professor of Theatre
PhD, University of Kansas
MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University
BA, Brenau University
As a director, associate professor, and administrator, Dr. Boone J. Hopkins enjoys helping those with whom he collaborates reach new heights and achieve excellence in the Arts. Dr. Hopkins enjoys teaching courses for Theatre & Dance in acting, directing, script analysis, lighting design, theatre history, theatre pedagogy, and performance studies.
After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree from the Gainesville Theatre Alliance, Dr. Hopkins received his MFA in Directing and Acting Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University and his PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Kansas. At VCU, Dr. Hopkins was co-founder and executive director of the Shafer Alliance Laboratory Theatre (SALT) where he directed and designed several productions including Topdog/Underdog and All My Sons. At the University of Kansas, Dr. Hopkins collaborated with students and faculty on original devised and solo performance pieces. For the KU Theatre Mainstage, Dr. Hopkins directed Book of Days by Lanford Wilson, Almost, Maine by John Cariani and Summer and Smoke by Tennessee Williams. At KU, Boone was honored twice with the Ethel Hines Burch Award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching and received the theatre department’s highest award, the Kilty Kane, for his work with the University Theatre.
Last year, Dr. Hopkins directed an outdoor production of Godspell for Theatre Converse and recently has enjoyed directing talented students and guest artists in Twelfth Night, F2M, Cabaret, Dead Man's Cell Phone, and Legally Blonde: the Musical. While at Converse, Dr. Hopkins has also played Caliban in The Tempest directed by Melissa Owens and Darren Nash and performed the solo piece Thom Pain: based on nothing by Will Eno.
His current book project, Everyday Rehearsal Rhetoric: Director/Actor Communication analyzes the collaborative processes between artists at major regional theatres in the United States. This project is a continuation of Dr. Hopkins's research interests that include arts leadership, acting theory, and histories of directing. Dr. Hopkins is most interested in how performance is made, including the ways in which communication and influence move between artists during the creative process.