Dean of the School of the Arts and Associate Provost for Student Success
Office: Montgomery 205A & Blackman 230
PhD, University of Kansas
MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University
BA, Brenau University
Dr. Boone J. Hopkins enjoys helping those with whom he collaborates reach new heights and achieve excellence. Dr. Hopkins advises students in the Division of Student Development & Success, supports incredible artists in the School of the Arts, and teaches 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 work with the University Theatre.
Last year, Dr. Hopkins directed The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe, one of the first college productions of this exciting 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist. At Theatre Converse, he has enjoyed directing talented students and guest artists in Godspell, 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.