Derrick A. Hopkins was born and raised in the Adirondacks. He attended Keeseville Elementary School where his sixth grade teacher, Ann Slattery, inspired him to become an elementary teacher. He continued his education at AVCS and excelled in math, foreign languages, music, and theatre.
In 1996, Derrick received his AA in Humanities and Social Science degree from Clinton Community College. While at CCC, Derrick was recognized by becoming the college's first recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence, the highest award given to a student in New York State. He transferred to SUNY Plattsburgh and received his BS and MS in Elementary Education with a concentration in mathematics. While at SUNY Plattsburgh, Derrick excelled in music, participated in the College Chorale, Cardinal Singers, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Saxophone Ensemble, and was featured as King Kaspar in the opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors.
Derrick began his teaching career in 2000 at St. John's Academy (Plattsburgh, NY) as a middle school science teacher. The following year he was hired at Willsboro Central School as an elementary teacher where he has been employed for the past 18 years. He has taught second grade, fourth grade, AIS, middle school science, high school theatre courses, and college-level theatre courses. For two semesters, Derrick worked for SUNY Plattsburgh teaching Introduction to Acting. Briefly, he worked for CVES as an ELA Coach where he travelled to NCCS, Keene Valley, Ticonderoga, Elizabethtown-Lewis, Crown Point, and Willsboro assisting teachers navigate the Common Core standards. Also, from time to time, Derrick is asked to facilitate New York State test correcting through CVES.
Derrick has been directing school and community productions in the area since 1998 including Cabaret, Chicago, Company, Hello Dolly!, The Last Five Years, My Fair Lady, Next to Normal, Peter Pan, Rabbit Hole, Songs for a New World, Steel Magnolias, West Side Story, Wit, among many others. He had the privilege and honor to direct Leslie and George Hearn in South Pacific and Mame. Derrick also served as advisor / director of several AVCS shows including Anything Goes, Cinderella, Fiddler on the Roof, and West Side Story. In 2001, Derrick established and continues to maintain the Willsboro Drama Club.
In 2006, Derrick earned his membership into the Actors’ Equity Association by playing Fessik in the workshop of Adam Guettel’s (Tony Winner) musical adaptation of The Princess Bride by William Goldman. He worked alongside Broadway stars Matthew Morrison (Glee, Tony Nominee), Dick Latessa (Hairspray, Tony Winner), Brian Stokes Mitchell (Ragtime, Tony Winner), Brooks Ashmanskas (The Prom, Tony Nominee), Douglas Sills (The Scarlet Pimpernel, Tony Nominee), and Judith Blazer (Titanic).
Derrick is the current president and founder of Artistry Community Theatre (ACT) Corp. Its goal is to present musicals and plays in the Keeseville community, while elevating and valuing artists. ACT received great acclaim from audiences for its premier season, and is in the midst of its second season. Visit www.artistrytheatre.org for more information.
Artistry Community Theatre
Directing Plays & Musicals
The Golden Girls
Harry Potter Series
Keeseville Hometown Heroes
The Legend of Zelda Series
The Lord of the Rings
NYS Foster Parent
Percy Jackson Series
Where the Red Fern Grows