dl Hopkins is a fixture in the Virginia theatre community. Onstage, he is an award-winning actor, veteran poet, and former Artistic Director of the African American Repertory Theatre of Virginia. He has appeared on film, including in HBO’s “Loving.” He has also appeared on television in many different roles, including in HBO’s “The Wire” and the Fox series “Legends & Lies” as Bass Reeves, The Real Lone Ranger.
Mr. Hopkins was honored with the title of Artist-In-Residence at the University of Richmond, where he performed and taught. As a founding member of Ernie McClintock’s Jazz Actors Theatre, he toured as a fellow repertory artist, and taught Mr. McClintock’s Jazz Actor’s technique.
Also a director, he most recently directed “Wine in the Wilderness” for the Heritage Ensemble Theatre Company.
David Toney is a professor in the Theatre Department at Virginia Commonwealth University. David’s acting career spans 32 years. For The Hail-Storm, he brought to life the voice of John Dabney.
Past credits include A Free Man of Color, directed by George C. Wolfe, and Julie Taymor’s Broadway and WorldTour production of Juan Darién. Off-Broadway, he has performed as Clarence in Richard III at the Pearl Theatre Company and Once on this Island at Playwrights Horizons. His film and TV credits include Law and Order, Law and Order SVU, The Cosby Show, The Thomas Crown Affair and Dr. Marquay on All My Children.
Also an accomplished acting coach, David has led many New York based acting seminars. His playwriting credits include Kingdom (a meditation on Richard III), published by Dramatic Publishing; Elysian Fields (a musical adaptation of King Lear set in Reconstruction-era Alabama), and The Soul Collector, also published by Dramatic Publishing and sponsored by the Ford Foundation.