Originally from Sarasota, Florida, Cassie found a love for performing at a very early age. she aimed to learn everything she could taking lessons in tap, ballet, jazz, ballroom, swing, Irish step, voice, piano, and even clogging. After attending Booker High School for Visual and Performing Arts, Cassie went on to the University of Miami. It was there she discovered not only a passion for performing, but also for choreography. Cassie graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre and then headed to New York City.
For the past two decades, Cassie has been able to see and experience new places all over the country on tour and performing at various regional theaters. She has also worked directing and choreographing shows in New York and regionally throughout the country. Cassie was an adjunct professor at Montclair State University and then went to the west coast where she received her MFA in Musical Theatre at San Diego State University. Cassie is now currently the Co-Head of the Musical Theatre program at Texas State University. Cassie is also co-founder of Abate Hopkins Creative Consultants.
As an artist and educator, Cassie is dedicated to equity and inclusion in all aspects of the industry and theatre training. She seeks to find practices that celebrate the individuality of each artist, create a safe and healthy creative environment and challenge and dismantle racism, sexism, ableism, and heteronormative dominance in the performing arts.