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The 'It' Program
Musical theatre struts back onstage at Texas State to rave reviews
Arts Story  November 5, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...The recommendation was all the more astonishing because the Texas State program has been in place only a year. But for Mary Anna Dennard, author of the Times piece and one of the country's top college theatre audition coaches, all it took was one visit to San Marcos and a sit-down with Kaitlin Hopkins, who heads up the musical theatre program, to be convinced it was a contender...."

Christopher Durang
Tony-winning playwright takes up residence at Texas State
Arts Story  October 4, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...Still, "adrift" might well be said to be in Durang's immediate future – Adrift in Macao, a 2007 musical for which the playwright penned the book and lyrics, is being mounted by the Texas State University Department of Theatre and Dance, and the author will be in San Marcos to see it. Indeed, he and his partner of 26 years, John Augustine – a widely produced and very funny dramatist in his own right – will be on hand as playwrights-in-residence, thanks to the efforts of Kaitlin Hopkins, head of the musical theatre program at Texas State and an old friend of Durang's, with support from the Bowman Guest Artist Series...."

The Critics Table's Crème de la Crème
The winners of the 2017-18 Austin Critics Table Awards
DAILY Arts  June 5, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...No single production, exhibition, or concert swept the field, though in a unique show of appreciation for an individual work, the Critics Table recognized the Vortex Repertory Company's expansive and immersive theatrical production/scavenger hunt Performance Park with four special citations. Texas State University's Musical Theatre Program received one award and a special citation for its production of Ragtime; Ben Toomer, who starred in the production, received a Deacon Crain Award for outstanding student work; and Kaitlin Hopkins, who heads the program, was honored with a special citation..."

Urinetown: The Musical
Texas State University's delightful staging showed off all the strengths of its musical theatre program
Arts Review  April 26, 2013, by Jillian Owens
"...Under Kaitlin Hopkins' spot-on direction, the cast obviously had a whole lot of fun striking a balance between camp and seriousness, and their vocals were splendid, particularly in the gospel number "Run, Freedom, Run." The student designers joined the charge: Patrick Crossland's bold lighting heightened the goofy drama with dramatic shadows, Andy Forbes' set changed smoothly from grimy toilet stalls to the decadent digs of villain Caldwell B. Cladwell (a narrow-eyed Phillip Cole White), and Desiree Humphries' eclectic costumes gave ensemble members the freedom to create unique characters (Gino Chaviano as Hot Blades Harry and Gianna Yanelli as Little Becky Two Shoes were wonderfully silly)..."

The Road to Urinetown
Composer Mark Hollmann on the show's creation and success
DAILY Arts  August 30, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...The Chronicle put that question to Mark Hollmann, who composed the music for Urinetown and co-wrote the lyrics with book writer Greg Kotis, when he was in the area last year to workshop a new musical, Hooray for Iceboy, at Texas State University. (Curiously, Hollmann has been back in Central Texas twice since then, workshopping a different new musical, the zombie-themed ZM, another collaboration with Kotis, at the University of Texas.) Hollmann's residency in San Marcos coincided with a TSU production of Urinetown, directed by Kaitlin Hopkins, head of its musical theatre program, so it seemed fitting to pick the composer's brain about its origins and enduring popularity in the dozens years since its Tony Award-winning run on Broadway..."

Table Banquet
The nominees for the 2013-2014 Austin Critics Table Awards
DAILY Arts  May 8, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...Kaitlin Hopkins, Anything Goes..."

2012 Austin Critics Table Awards
For the 20th time, a big hand for the nominees if you please
Arts Story  May 25, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...Kaitlin Hopkins, Oklahoma!/Hair..."

Art To Enchant
The winners of the 2010-11 Austin Critics Table Awards
Arts Story  June 10, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...Kaitlin Hopkins, All Shook Up/The Wild Party..."

Top of the Line
The nominees for the 2011 Austin Critics Table Awards
Arts Story  May 27, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...Kaitlin Hopkins, All Shook Up/The Wild Party..."

TOP 10 Theatrical Wonders of 2010
A theatre year with a tipsy crew, a zoo, a shrew, and lots of cross-dressing
Arts Story  January 7, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...2) 'ALL SHOOK UP' (TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE AND DANCE) With this jukebox musical of the King's hits (lifted out of the Wurlitzer by a book slyly riffing on the Bard's Twelfth Night), Kaitlin Hopkins proved Texas State's musical theatre program even better than the buzz. Gifted students, showing show-biz shine and polish beyond their years and exhilarating ensemble work, made the playhouse rock...."

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