A true Renaissance man, Dr. Mike Lopinto has written, directed, music directed, designed sets and lighting for numerous productions, directing the two co-winners of the 2018-19 American Prize in Musical Theatre: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera (Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company at Southern Miss) and Pasek and Paul’s James and the Giant Peach (The Hub City Players at FestivalSouth).
Lopinto spent a decade teaching in some of the most successful programs in Texas winning state and national honors and continues to judge music and visual arts events internationally. Currently, He serves as the Assistant to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for Arts Administration at Southern Miss and PR/Marketing and Event Coordinator at the Southern Miss School of Music.
Through innovative design, planning, and marketing, he brings a new level of recognition to arts programs in Mississippi. While with the symphony orchestra at Southern Miss, he coordinated events with world-renowned classical celebrities to pop icons as well as designing and directing the award-winning Symphony Galas. He directs the coronation for the Mystic Krewe of Zeus and his voice can be heard at all Southern Miss games as "The Voice of The Pride" and on commercials across the South.
He is the Executive Director of the Hattiesburg Concert Association and the Artistic Director of FestivalSouth® that has reshaped summers in the Hub City, the founding director of the Hub City Players, Hattiesburg’s professional theatre company, and the creative director of Consult M, a multi-faceted arts development organization that has worked regionally with performing arts organizations.