Rebecca Hopkins has been actively involved in development of FST’s Cabaret productions since her arrival in 1998, for which she was the Lead Developer and a development team member this season. She has been the Lead Developer on Light My Fire; That’s Amoré!;The Wonder Years: The Music of the Baby Boomers; Unchained Melodies; Blue Suede Shoes; Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves; Yesterday; American Pie; and Poems, Prayers, and Promises. She has been the head writer on all five Laughing Matters shows. Some of her favorite shows she helped develop include: Mack the Knife, The Prima Donnettes, That’s Life, The Wanderers, My One and Only Gershwin, Hot and Cole, The British Invasion, The Flip Side, and Outlaws and Angels. In addition, she is the Founder and Producer of FST Improv and the Sarasota Improv Festival. Mrs. Hopkins serves as Managing Director for Florida Studio Theatre, and as such is the Chief Operations Officer. Mrs. Hopkins is responsible for oversight of FST’s administration, including the business office, development, marketing, box office, front of house, restaurant, budgeting, and maintaining the overall quality of FST’s internal management. Mrs. Hopkins serves on the board of directors for the League of Resident Theatres and for the Theatre Communications Group. She is the former President of the National New Play Network. In 2012, the Sarasota Arts & Cultural Alliance awarded Mrs. Hopkins the Cultural Champion Award in recognition of her many years of accomplishment and growth with Florida Studio Theatre. In 2016, Mrs. Hopkins was awarded the Luminaire Award, honoring excellence in creativity, philanthropy, advocacy, and all elements that are keys to future growth of the arts in Sarasota.