William Ford Hopkins
Actor, Singer
Non Union
“Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.”
– Ernest Hemingway

William was born and raised in Vancouver. His parents had both been actors and he grew up watching his father perform in numerous productions in the city. At a young age he took an interest in singing himself as a member of his elementary school choir. The first part he ever played was the T-Rex in “A Prehistoric Christmas.”

He continued in the arts as a student at Lord Byng Secondary in the Byng Arts program. Graduating with Honours in Theatre and Music he received both a gold medal for academic achievement and the Artona Studio award to pay for the pursuit of his art. He furthered his training at the Arts Club Musical Theatre Intensive led by Peter Jorgensen, who became his first singing teacher.

From the intensive he was cast in his first post-secondary show. He spent the following year doing local musicals before heading to London, England to study Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. He has always had a passion for Shakespeare, playing Oberon as part of the Young Shakespeareans program at Bard on the Beach when he was nine.

After his summer of Shakespeare, William began his time at Studio 58. Three years later he graduated and was the recipient of the Lloyd Nicholson Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Musical Theatre. He has been performing locally since, receiving two best actor Ovation award nominations and winning Outstanding Newcomer 2014.

He intends to continue forward on this path and is excited for the opportunities that lie ahead. He is grateful to be a part of da Costa and looks forward to the things they will achieve together.