Mentoring for your college auditions | The MT Project

There’s just something about being on stage that I can’t really describe. It’s almost like being transported to this magical place where nothing else in the whole world matters. You know when you see something or hear something, and it just feels like perfection? It’s like that.

All I know is that I want to do this for the rest of my life.

There’s just something about being on stage that I can’t really describe. It’s almost like being transported to this magical place where nothing else in the whole world matters. You know when you see something or hear something, and it just feels like perfection? It’s like that.

All I know is that I want to do this for the rest of my life.

There’s just something about being on stage that I can’t really describe. It’s almost like being transported to this magical place where nothing else in the whole world matters. You know when you see something or hear something, and it just feels like perfection? It’s like that.

All I know is that I want to do this for the rest of my life.

Whatever your goal may be, it’s our mission to ensure that you achieve it.

And with us, advice is always free.

Thank you to Kaitlin Hopkins and Jim Price

from Texas State University!

Friday, July 15, 2016 at 1PM | Parent information session at 7:30PM
at Arts Detroit | 18614 Ecorse Road, Allen Park, MI 48101

Broadway veteran and head of the musical theater department at Texas State University, Kaitlin Hopkins, along with fellow Broadway vet and instructor, Jim Price, will be coming to Arts Detroit to share a College Prep Weekend in conjunction with The MT Project. Come learn from one of the top musical theatre programs in the nation how to prepare for your college auditions through song and monologue coaching. This is an exciting and dynamic workshop that will include an information session for parents and students on timelines, budgets and what schools are looking for in an applicant, as well as one-on-one work sessions with your audition material.

The parent information session will cover:

  • Audition/Application timeline
  • Budgeting for auditions
  • Double majoring
  • Functionality of BFA after graduation
  • And more!

Students being worked with should prepare:

  • One 16 bar song cut
  • One 60 second monologue

Please note that this will be quite a long day (we expect to work from 1pm until around 6:30, then break for dinner). We will have water and light snacks available before serving pizza and salad for dinner (vegetarian options will be available), but feel free to bring along anything else you may need to keep you fueled.

Photos from the workshop

Who you’ll be working with…

Kaitlin Hopkins

Kaitlin Hopkins

Head of Musical Theatre | Texas State University

Kaitlin Hopkins has worked in theater, film, television, and radio, for over 30 years. Kaitlin currently heads the BFA Musical Theatre program at Texas State University, recently named one of the Top 10 Musical Theatre Programs in nation. She has toured not only as an award-winning actress and director, but also as an educator, teaching master classes at colleges and universities across the country.

As an actress, Kaitlin’s Broadway credits include: How The Grinch Stole Christmas (original “mama who”), Noises Off (“Belinda” 2002 revival), and Anything Goes with Patti LuPone (Lincoln Center 2002). Kaitlin also has a half dozen cast album credits to her name, and has originated multiple roles off-Broadway. These include “Meredith Parker” in the critically acclaimed Bat Boy-the Musical, for which she received Drama Desk and Ovation award nominations, “Claire” in the cult-hit Bare: A Pop Opera, “Jeannie” in The Great American Trailer Park Musical, and Nicky Silver’s Beautiful Child with Stephen Pasquale (The Vineyard Theatre).

Kaitlin’s favorite theater credits include: originating the role of “Tiffany” in John Adams’s opera I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw The Sky (International tour/Lincoln Center /directed by Peter Sellars), “Diane” in Disney’s On The Record (National Tour), She Loves Me with Rebecca Luker (Reprise Series/ Ovation nomination), originating the role of “Margorie” in Dirty Dancing (US premiere/ national tour), Present Laughter with Michael Cumpsty and Veanne Cox (Two Rivers Theatre/ directed by Frasier’s David Lee Shawn), The Philanderer (South Coast Repertory/Ovation nomination), Come Back Little Sheba (The Roundabout Theatre), The Opposite of Sex and Party Come Here (Williamstown Theatre Festival), and Blithe Spirit, Present Laughter, and The Importance of Being Ernest (The Pasadena Playhouse). Kaitlin has also participated in over 40 readings or workshops of new plays and musicals.

On the airwaves, Kailtin has recorded over 20 radio plays including: The Heidi Chronicles (dir. Molly Smith), Working, and Proof (LA Theater Works/NPR). She can also be heard on original cast albums including: Bat Boy, Bare, Trailer Park, Disney’s On the Record, Only a Kingdom, and on her solo album “Make Me Sweat.”

In the world of TV and film, Kaitlin has been seen in over 50 television shows, and in numerous films. film and television credits include: Confessions of a Shopaholic, The Nanny Diaries, How To Kill Your Neighbor’s Dog with Kenneth Branagh, Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, The Ransom of Redchief, Little Boy Blue, Law and Order, Law and Order SVU, Six Degrees, Law and Order CSI, Rescue Me, Spin City, Providence, The Practice, Star Trek Voyager, Deep Space Nine, JAG, The Division, Wings, One Life to Live, and three years as Dr. Kelsey Harrison on Another World.

As a director, favorite credits include: The Boch and Harnick Revue Beautiful, Beautiful World (The William Inge Festival), The Real Tobasco (The Westport Playhouse and The Actors Studio), and Collision Course (The Lark Play Development Center).  She is a member of the Playwright and Directors Workshop at The Actors Studio, and is proud to be a company member of the ground- breaking theater company The Matrix, and of LA Theatre Works, in Los Angeles. Kaitlin’s directing credits at Texas State University include: The World According to Snoopy (choreo: Adam Cates), RENT, Anything Goes, Urinetown, Hair, All Shook Up, Oklahoma, The Wild Party, A Little Princess (premiere) and Bat Boy-The Musical. Her productions at Texas State have been recognized by the Austin Critics’ Table Awards for the following:

2013 Winner Best Musical Production – Urinetown
2012 Winner Best Musical Production – Oklahoma

2011 Winner Best Director – All Shook Up

2011 Winner Best Director – Lippa’s The Wild Party

2014 nomination Best Production – Anything Goes

2014 nomination Best Director – Anything Goes
2010 nomination Best Director – Oklahoma

2010 nomination Best Director – Hair
2009 nomination Best Musical Production – Bat Boy-The Musical

In addition, the Kennedy Center American Theater Festival awarded Kaitlin a commendation for Best Direction of All Shook Up.

Behind the scenes, Kaitlin’s accomplishments include serving on the board of The William Inge Foundation, the Las Casas Scholarship Foundation, and co- founding The Pasadena Playhouse Outreach Program. Kaitlin has also served as Co-Artistic Director for The Ojai Playwright’s Conference, and the Powerhouse Theatre in Santa Monica. During her time at Texas State, Kaitlin has co-created and launched the first musical theater training program in Chile, collaborating with her husband Jim Price and the ProJazz Institute in Santiago.  Kaitlin is the proud creator of Fontus Dry Throat Lozenges. Designed for singers, Fontus Dry Throat Lozenges are the lozenge of choice of many Broadway and touring companies.  And, Kaitlin is proud to have co-authored a workbook with her husband and noted psychologist Dr. Bill Crawford that accompanies Crawford’s book “Freeing the Artistic Mind,” which assists young artists with stress and mental health management.

Today, Kaitlin lives in New York City, and San Marcos Texas, with her husband, actor and playwright James Price, and their two corgis, Lilydale and Barkley. Her mother is two time Oscar nominee actress Shirley Knight (www.shirleyknight.net), her father was award- winning theatre and film producer Gene Persson, and her step-father was award-winning playwright, film, and television writer John. R. Hopkins.  Jim Price serves on the musical theater faculty at Texas State, and is Head of the MFA in Dramatic Writing Program.

Jim Price

Jim Price

Theatre Faculty | Texas State University

Jim Price is an actor, composer, musician, playwright and international educator.

As an actor, he has amassed numerous Broadway, off-Broadway, and national touring credits over his 30 years in show business, including the original Broadway cast of The Civil War and Ring of Fire, national and international tours of Les Miserables, as well as being an original cast member of the off-Broadway hits Bat Boy-the Musical  and bare: a pop opera. Jim performed the role of Captain Crewe in the world premiere concert staging of The Little Princess, written and conducted by Andrew Lippa in 2012. In 2014, he performed lead roles in the world premiere of the one-act companion operas Tome/Tango written by Greg Bolin. Most recently, he wrote music for The Ballad of Zipfield and Gus and subsequently performed the lead role of Hitchy Wilson in an acclaimed production at the Ground Floor Theatre in Austin.

As an educator, he has taught master classes for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival at regional festivals across the country for many years. In 2009, he and his wife, Kaitlin Hopkins, moved to San Marcos, TX from New York City to start a new Musical Theatre BFA program, which was recently ranked #7 by collegemagazine.com. They also helped create the first musical theatre program in Chile in 2012 in collaboration with the ProJazz Institute in Santiago, Chile. He has twice been awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching by the College of Fine Arts and Communication at Texas State. He has taught master classes in acting, musical theatre performance and playwriting privately, as well as at educational institutions all over the country.

As a playwright, Jim was selected to be a Lark Playwright’s Workshop Fellow for 2007-2008 to take part in a year long development program run by renowned playwright Arthur Kopit with fellow playwrights Tina Howe, and Katori Hall. Jim’s play, Collision Course (semi-finalist, O’Neill), has been presented at the Actor’s Studio, Stanford University, The Shotgun Players in Berkeley, the Lark Theatre in New York City, and Texas State University. He was invited to the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference in McCall, Idaho as a finalist for a workshop of his play, Colony Collapse, in 2009. He is the composer/lyricist of Cold Feet, a musical (finalist, O’Neill NMTC), which is now licensed by Miracle or 2 Productions in New York City. His most recent play, Carving Buddhas, was a semi-finalist for the O’Neil Playwright’s Conference. Jim is currently the head of the MFA Dramatic Writing Program at Texas State University. Since he became head of playwriting in 2010 his students have won the Ken Ludwig Scholarship Award for best body of work by a college playwright four years in a row, as well as the 2015 John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play, and two of his students have been published in The Best American Short Plays of 2011-12 and 2014-15. Jim has also written, directed and produced many promotional and educational films and videos for Texas State. Jim is a graduate of the University of Michigan, with a BA in Economics, and studied acting at the American Conservatory in the MFA Advanced Training Program. He is a trained classical guitarist and a published poet.

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