"Chicago PD" Actor LaRoyce Hawkins Conducts Workshop at LSU Theatre's Studio Theatre

Baton Rouge, LA – June 27, 2023 - LSU Theatre was thrilled to host "Chicago PD"’s LaRoyce Hawkins to conduct a workshop for the School of Theatre’s MFA Acting program in its Studio Theatre.

LaRoyce Hawkins is widely recognized for his captivating and relatable performance as Officer Kevin Atwater in the long running hit NBC series "Chicago PD."

Working with our MFA Acting cohort, LaRoyce used a mix of keenly observed lessons in the life of an actor with work on scenes by the students.

"We were honored and delighted to have LaRoyce Hawkins join us for this special workshop," said Vastine Stabler, the Managing Artistic Director of the LSU Theatre. "His talent and dedication to his craft are inspiring, and our students were enthralled by his presentation."

The workshop focused on practical exercises, group discussions, and one-on-one interactions, providing students with a hands-on experience to enhance their understanding and skills. By working closely with Hawkins, the MFA Acting program students gained valuable insights into the industry.

"We are dedicated to providing our students with the best opportunities to grow and excel in their artistic journeys," added Stabler. "Having LaRoyce Hawkins share his knowledge and experiences with us was an incredible privilege, and this workshop was a transformative and enriching experience for everyone involved."

For more information on LSU Theatre events please contact at stabler@lsu.edu or 225-578-9277.

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LaRoyce Hawkins is an American actor, poet, and musician, best known for his portrayal of Officer Kevin Atwater on the hit television series "Chicago P.D." He was born on May 4, 1988, in Harvey, Illinois, and grew up in the Chicago area.

From an early age, Hawkins showed a passion for performing arts and creative expression. He attended Thornton High School, where he discovered his love for acting and participated in various school plays and theater productions. Hawkins' talent and dedication were evident, and he knew that he wanted to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.

After high school, Hawkins honed his acting skills by studying at the Illinois State University School of Theatre Arts. During his time there, he received classical training and immersed himself in various acting techniques, preparing himself for the challenges that lay ahead.
In 2013, Hawkins got his breakthrough role when he was cast as Officer Kevin Atwater in the popular NBC drama series "Chicago P.D." His portrayal of the intelligent and street-smart police officer garnered critical acclaim, and he quickly became a fan favorite. Hawkins' character, Atwater, tackled complex storylines and highlighted important social issues, earning him praise for his ability to bring depth and authenticity to his performances.

Apart from his work on "Chicago P.D.," Hawkins has also made appearances in other television shows and films. He has guest-starred on series such as "House of Payne" and "Underemployed" and had a supporting role in the film "The Express" in 2008. He also has a recurring role on HBOs’ “South Side”.

Outside of acting, Hawkins is also a talented poet and musician. He has performed his poetry at various spoken word events and showcases, using his words to express personal experiences and shed light on societal matters. Additionally, he is an accomplished drummer and has showcased his musical skills in live performances.

LaRoyce Hawkins is not only known for his talent but also for his dedication to his craft and his commitment to making a positive impact. He has been actively involved in mentoring and inspiring young individuals, using his platform to encourage others to pursue their dreams and overcome obstacles. His work both on and off-screen has made him a respected figure in the entertainment industry.

With his charisma, talent, and passion for his craft, LaRoyce Hawkins continues to captivate audiences and leave a lasting impression. He serves as an inspiration to aspiring actors, artists, and performers everywhere, and his future endeavors are highly anticipated by fans and industry professionals alike.