Kristin Hanggi

Director • Writer • Producer • Dreamer


Kristin is currently working on:

  • Rock of Ages
  • Clueless
  • Naomi & Ely's No Kiss List


Kristin is best known for directing and developing the international smash-hit Rock of Ages. Ms. Hanggi's 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's other stage work includes developing and directing the original productions of the acclaimed pop opera bare, 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. bare has gone on to have over 100 productions worldwide. 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. 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. For television, Ms. Hanggi adapted and directed the hit book series, Dear Dumb Diary into a musical movie, under Executive Producer Jerry Zucker for Walden Media. Other early 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). Among other exciting projects, Kristin is working alongside Amy Heckerling to develop Ms. Heckerling's hit 1995 film Clueless into a musical for the stage. Ms. Hanggi graduated with her Masters from USC after receiving her Bachelors from UCLA in Theater. In June of 2013, Kristin returned to her alma mater when she received the UCLA School of Theater, Film, & Television Distinguished Alumni Award.

Watch This!

  • Welcome to My Blog

    Welcome to my blog! I wanted to write — not only about my projects and what I’m creating — but one of my biggest passion in life is the process of creating. How we do what we do…why we do what we do…and I’m endless interested in how our spirituality and our creativity is intertwined. Even more so, how the Universe aids us in our creations. I love Rainn Wilson’s quote “taking a paint brush and touching it to the canvas is no different than bowing your head in church.” I do believe creating and praying is the same thing. There’s been too much magic in my own life, too much synchronicity, not to acknowledge the power of the unseen. If there’s one thing I know, its that there’s a force working in us that is so much bigger than what we are, and I love opening myself to that creative force. So, here we go…as I jump in and explore! Welcome!!

  • Your Heart’s Path

    I’ve been thinking about Love a lot lately. Not romantic love, but the Love that is the strongest force on the planet. The Love that pulls us forward, that motivates our actions. Yeah, that groovy kind of Love… I’ve also been thinking how my deepest desire is to fully embody the energy of Love and… [Read on] →

  • Leaning Into You…

    A couple of weeks ago in CREATE, we’ve were talking about going from an Amateur to a Professional, and discussing Steven Pressfield’s amazing book “Turning Pro” as our jumping off point to creating new behaviors that are in alignment with our Highest Self. “When we’re living as amateurs, we’re running away from our calling—meaning our work,… [Read on] →

  • Brave Enough For Bliss

    Can I tell you something about myself? I really like to follow my bliss. And increasingly, I have found that its more difficult NOT to. In fact, even in writing this blog, and thinking I’m going to do a series… When it comes to Spirit, sometimes Life starts leading me in another way, and I… [Read on] →



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