Kristin Hanggi (hometown Murrieta Valley, California) is best known for directing and developing the international smash-hit Rock of Ages. In 2009, Ms. Hanggi's rocking jukebox musical received five Tony Award nominations, including a nomination for Best Direction of a Musical for Kristin. She has directed the productions on Broadway, the West End, Australia, Toronto, Las Vegas, and two National Tours.
Ms. Hanggi made her feature directorial debut with Grantham & Rose starring Jake T. Austin and Marla Gibbs. Ms. Hanggi recently directed her follow-up, Naomi & Ely's No Kiss List, an adaption of Rachel Kohn & David Levithan's novel of the same name, starring Victoria Justice.
Ms. Hanggi's other stage productions include the acclaimed pop opera Bare: A Pop Opera, which ran to sold-out audiences in Los Angeles and off-Broadway. Bare brought Ms. Hanggi numerous accolades including the Ovation Award for Best Musical, LA Weekly Award for Best Musical, and the Robby Award for Best Director.
Ms. Hanggi also directed the initial production that launched the Pussycat Dolls, Pussycat Dolls Live at the Roxy with stars such as Christina Applegate, Carmen Electra, and special guests Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera, Brittany Murphy, Nikka Costa, and Academy Award winner Charlize Theron.
Other stage productions include: And the Curtain Rises at the Signature Theater; the winner of the New York's Fringe Festival, Catch The Fish; Twelfth Premise (LA Times Critics Pick); the Los Angeles Premiere of Terrence McNally's Corpus Christi (Ticketholder Award, Best Production; Ticketholder Award, Best Director; Robby Award, Best Director of a Play); Crane, Mississippi (LA Times Critic's Choice,[Backstage West Critic's Pick).
Ms. Hanggi graduated with her Masters from USC after receiving her Bachelors from UCLA in Theater. In June 2013, Kristin returned to her alma mater when she received the UCLA School of Theater, Film, & Television Distinguished Alumni Award.
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