Boone J. Hopkins, Ph.D., was appointed as the Interim President for Converse University for the 2021-2022 academic year in July 2021. On February 25, 2022, the Converse University Board of Trustees announced the selection of Boone J. Hopkins, PhD, as the University’s twelfth president.
Previously, Dr. Hopkins has served as the Senior Associate Provost for Student Success, Dean of the School of the Arts, and Chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance at Converse. Dr. Hopkins enjoys helping those with whom he collaborates reach new heights and achieve excellence. In addition to his administrative role at Converse, Dr. Hopkins regularly taught courses in directing, theatre history, pedagogy, and performance studies in the Department of Theatre & Dance.
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 Ph.D. 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) and won the Theatre Department Leadership Award. At KU, Dr. Hopkins 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 production work with the University Theatre.
Recently, Dr. Hopkins directed The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe, one of the first college productions of this exciting Pulitzer Prize finalist. At Theatre Converse, he has enjoyed directing talented students and guest artists in Little Shop of Horrors, Godspell, Hamletmachine, 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, performance theory, and histories of directing. Dr. Hopkins is most interested in how relationships between creative individuals are developed, including the ways in which communication and influence move between artists during the creative process.