Kaitlin Hopkins (born February 1, 1964) is an American stage, screen, and television actress, the daughter of actress Shirley Knight and stage producer/director Gene Persson.
Born in New York City, Hopkins was raised in London by her mother and stepfather John Hopkins, but returned to New York at the age of twelve. The following year she began her career in a summer stock production of The Children's Hour starring her mother and Joanne Woodward. She is a 1983 graduate of the Williston Northampton School where she was a member of the Williston Widigers. She attended the musical theater program at Carnegie Mellon University and studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.
Hopkins' first television credit was an appearance on the soap opera One Life to Live, followed by a regular role on Another World. In 1993, she moved to Los Angeles, where she joined The Matrix Theatre Company. She spent weekends singing at The Pink in Santa Monica, and later performed at The Cinegrill, The Gardina, and At My Place. During this period, her television credits included Beverly Hills, 90210, Murder, She Wrote, The Practice, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Spin City and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.
In 1994, Hopkins was cast in the rock opera I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky by Peter Sellars. She spent the next year traveling the world with the production, performing in Paris, Hamburg, Helsinki, Montreal, and at the Edinburgh Festival, among other locales.
In 2002, Hopkins made her Broadway debut in Noises Off. She has also appeared in the Lincoln Center benefit performance of Anything Goes with Patti LuPone and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Hopkins has performed in numerous live radio plays for LA Theater Works, including Proof with Anne Heche and The Heidi Chronicles with Martha Plimpton.
Hopkins was named the new Head of Musical Theatre at Texas State University under Department Chair, Dr. John Fleming.
Additional theatre credits:
Bare: A Pop Opera,
The Great American Trailer Park Musical,
Bat Boy: The Musical,
Come Back, Little Sheba,
Disney's On the Record,
She Loves Me,
Additional film/television credits:
Confessions of a Shopaholic,
The Nanny Diaries,
How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog,
Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles,
Little Boy Blue,
As Good as It Gets,
Star Trek: Voyager,
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,