Cynthia Hopkins is a writer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and internationally acclaimed musical performance artist: she writes and sings songs, records albums, and creates groundbreaking multi-media performance works that intertwine truth and fiction, blurring the lines between edification and entertainment. Through the process of making performances, she attempts to alchemize disturbance into works of intrigue and hope that simultaneously stimulate the senses, provoke emotion, and enliven the mind. She is dedicated to creating groundbreaking original works that investigate innovative forms of communication, melding music, text, technical and theatrical design, and video with unbelievable fact and outrageous fiction. Her mission is to obscure the distinction between edification and entertainment through the creation of works that are as philosophical as they are entertaining, as intellectually challenging as they are viscerally emotional, as deeply comical as they are tragic, and as historically aware as they are immediately engaging. She has produced eight musical performance works, eight albums of original music, and one museum installation. Her work has been honored with many awards, including a 2015 Doris Duke Artist Award, a 2015 Grants to Artists Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship, and the 2007 Alpert Award in Theater. She most recently premiered Articles of Faith (a collaboration with video artist Jeff Sugg) at The Kitchen in NYC. Ms. Hopkins is currently at work on The Thrashers (an experiment about which very little is presently known) while continuing to work as a performer, composer, voice over artist, and musician for many other folks.
Hopkins titled Quantum Gravity was included in Amplified, a collection of short stories by songwriters published in 2009 by Melville House; and Accidental Nostalgia was published in 2007 in Issue #3 of Play: A Journal of Plays.
The work of Cynthia Hopkins has been supported and/or presented by venues including St. Ann’s Warehouse, the Walker Art Center, the Wexner Center for the Arts, On the Boards, the Philadelphia Performing Arts Festival, PICA’s Time Based Art Festival, Les Subsistances in Lyon, France, the Traverse Theater in Edinburgh, Scotland, and REDCAT; by residencies including Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the Hermitage Foundation; and by funding foundations including the Jerome Foundation, NYSCA, the Greenwall Foundation, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, APAP’s Ensemble Theatre Collaborations Grant Program, the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, the Jonathan Larson Foundation for the Performing Arts and the MAP Fund.