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The Hand Inside the Puppet Head
Connor Hopkins and his friends are pleased to meat you
"...Connor Hopkins started Trouble Puppet in 2004, presenting his papier-mâché..."

March 18, 2011 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Hyde & Shriek
When Trouble Puppet Theatre tackles Dr. Jekyll's dark tale, the villain may not be who you think
"...only one cooking up something fiendish in his lab. Connor Hopkins, Austin's mad scientist of the puppetry arts, is..."

Oct. 31, 2014 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The MonkeyWrench Manifesto
Volunteers of America: If you're feeling sinister, North Loop's newest wants you.
" that we're not explicitly an anarchist bookstore," says Connor Hopkins, who works on the Space Committee, which, as..."

Aug. 16, 2002 Books Feature by Shawn Badgley

'The Jungle'
Connor Hopkins distills Upton Sinclair's sprawling novel down to paper and strings
"...At least that's the strategy that Connor Hopkins and Trouble Puppet Theater Company are pursuing. Their..."

Sept. 18, 2009 Arts Feature by Elizabeth Cobbe

Frankenstein: A Trouble Puppet Show
In this puppet retelling, the monster is a hybrid of human and plant tissue
" is not so good. At least according to Connor Hopkins, who reread it and adapted it for Trouble..."

Oct. 31, 2008 Arts Feature by Hannah Kenah

Creature Construction
How Trouble Puppet creates those ingenious, inhuman figures that populate its plays
" of them is die," says Producing Artistic Director Connor Hopkins. "You know when you're looking at an actor..."

Oct. 4, 2013 Arts Feature by Elizabeth Cobbe

The Head
This intensely personal look at depression and personal demons provides a showcase for Trouble Puppet's builders and puppeteers
"..."noonday demon," the "black cloud," the "dark cave." For Connor Hopkins, the Trouble Puppet Theater Company artistic director who..."

Oct. 11, 2013 Arts Review by Dan Solomon

Toil and Trouble: A Troubling Turn on Shakespeare's Macbeth
Trouble Puppet makes the magic real in its magical retelling of Shakespeare's Macbeth
" see all of the characters as puppets. And Connor Hopkins, the company and production's leader, understands that what..."

Nov. 16, 2012 Arts Review by Dan Solomon

The Jungle
Trouble Puppet's expanded take on Sinclair's novel is as grisly and graceful as ever
"...Connor Hopkins, the driving force of Trouble Puppet Theater Company,..."

March 25, 2011 Arts Review by Wayne Alan Brenner

Trouble Puppet Theater Company
A visiting puppeteer flies in with a show about a really wild duck
"...participant, Caroline Reck, is someone Trouble Puppet Artistic Director Connor Hopkins worked with at the O'Neill last summer (the..."

March 19, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Dan Dietz
New Dietz play focuses on the 19th century engineer who designed the first computer
"...imperfect, lumpy, fleshy people doing lumpy, fleshy people things?" Connor Hopkins, who is designing the set and has been..."

Sept. 12, 2008 Arts Feature by Hannah Kenah

Summer Stock Austin's Carnival
The production offers impressive spectacle, but the musical's treatment of women is still a problem
"...she begins performing with a puppet show (constructed by Connor Hopkins) yet somehow fails to grasp that puppets are..."

Aug. 12, 2016 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Only the Fourth Wall Is Forever
After 10 years, Salvage Vanguard Theater is moving on
"'s death, had provided a disturbing glimpse inside puppeteer Connor Hopkins' psyche with The Head. Puppets? Puppets! Puppets championed..."

June 24, 2016 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Gricelda Silva, Equal Parts Pragmatism and Whimsy
For five years, the actress has been among the busiest and best on Austin's stages
"...the production would include puppetry from notable local puppeteer Connor Hopkins; Silva was entranced. After B-Sides, Hopkins recruited Silva..."

Sept. 25, 2015 Arts Feature by Caitlin Greenwood

The Crapstall Street Boys
This darkly comic tale of monster slaying shows Trouble Puppet's artists at the top of their game
"...mostly absent from modern stages. Four years later, when Connor Hopkins founded Trouble Puppet Theater Company in Austin, plenty..."

March 14, 2014 Arts Review by Stacy Alexander Evans

The Cruel Circus
Though often entertaining and quite humorous, this Trouble Puppet show seems to be missing something
"...with such astonishing creativity and craftsmanship by Artistic Director Connor Hopkins and company that I left the theatre with..."

May 24, 2013 Arts Review by Adam Roberts

2010 B. Iden Payne Awards
Four shows took home nearly half the honors at this year's ceremony
"...a lot of Trouble Puppet Theater Company Artistic Director Connor Hopkins, who made repeat trips to the podium to..."

Nov. 12, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

A puppet-driven hodgepodge romp through Mary Shelley's most famous work
"...Again, as in earlier shows, director Connor Hopkins has gathered a group of people who 1)..."

Oct. 1, 2010 Arts Review by Wayne Alan Brenner

Bat Boy: The Musical
Weekly World News' favorite cover boy is alive and well in Summer Stock Austin's energetic show
" a menagerie of animals (puppets imaginatively conceived by Connor Hopkins). There is a hasty explanation of the parents'..."

Aug. 8, 2008 Arts Review by Hannah Kenah

Summer Stock Austin: I'm Your Puppet
Trouble Puppet Theatre Company teams up with Summer Stock Austin to take Jack up the beanstalk in a whole new way
"..."We just launched our youth program this year," says Connor Hopkins, the artistic director and driving force behind Trouble..."

July 18, 2008 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

Nasty, Brutish, and Short?
We're not talking about Frodo on a meth bender
"’s just a part of life for them," says Connor Hopkins, working on the set for the production of..."

Sept. 28, 2011 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Review: Glass Half Full Theatre's Yamel Cucuy
Modern-day Mexican folktale rallies against things that go bump in the night
"...she drowned; and La Lechuza (puppeteers Marina DeYoe-Pedraza and Connor Hopkins), a witch in owl form, who is drawn..."

Oct. 28, 2022 Arts Feature by Bob Abelman

Ethos' Atlantis: A Puppet Opera
This new musical take on the fall of Atlantis pulls us into an ancient place, powered by myth and ritual
"...Melissa Vogt and Trouble Puppet Theater Company Artistic Director Connor Hopkins, all possess a regal bearing and are deftly..."

Sept. 16, 2016 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Wars of Heaven: Smackdown!
This Trouble Puppet Theater production takes the philosophic battle between good and evil into the pro-wrestling ring
"...Artistic Director Connor Hopkins' script combines many lofty philosophical and theological themes..."

May 6, 2016 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Five Faces of Frankenstein
This Halloween, Austin serves up five freaky takes on Mary Shelley's mad doctor and his monster
"...Trouble Puppet Theatre Artistic Director Connor Hopkins thought Frankenstein would make a good puppet play,..."

Oct. 23, 2015 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Trouble Puppet's The Wars of Heaven, Part I
The eons-old battle between heaven and hell gets reorganized along gender lines
"...course of the company's life thus far, Artistic Director Connor Hopkins has set a trend of challenging himself and..."

May 8, 2015 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Top 10 Theatrical Sets of 2013, to a Cat
The year's scenic designs proved especially appealing to the feline theatregoer
"...2) 'THE HEAD' (Connor Hopkins for Trouble Puppet Theater) The staging area provided..."

Jan. 3, 2014 Arts Feature by Elizabeth Cobbe

Trouble Puppet Studio
October 3, 2013. 15 photos.
"...Trouble Puppet Artistic Director Connor Hopkins manipulating "I Hate Myself But I Hate You..."

Oct. 3, 2013 Photo Gallery

Top 10 (+1) Theatrical Joys of 2012
Recalling a year of Shakespeare on bikes, masterful Miller, and a one-woman eco-soap
"...1) PUPPET THEATRE Connor Hopkins (Trouble Puppet Theater Company) and Caroline Reck (Glass..."

Jan. 4, 2013 Arts Feature by Jillian Owens

Top 10 Arts Events of 2011 in No Particular Order
How festival goodness and powerful art exhibits made 2011 a year to remember
"...of the (now) late Russell Hoban's postapocalyptic masterpiece was Connor Hopkins and company's valiant attempt at bringing the complexity..."

Jan. 6, 2012 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

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