Kirsten Vangsness
Penelope Garcia in CRIMINAL MINDS


          Kirsten Vangsness is an award-winning actress who continues to maintain strong ties to her roots in the theater. A two-time Golden Betty Award winner, Vangsness is an acting member and past president of the artistic board for Theatre of NOTE, a critically acclaimed Hollywood theater company. Vangsness wrote, produced and starred in her first full-length play, “Potential Space,” in 2012; wrote a new short play, “The Block of Thoon”; and performed her one-woman show “Mess” at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. She is a past winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Natalie Schafer Award for Best Emerging Comic Actress and won a Garland Award for Best Actress for the West Coast premiere of Neil LaBute’s “Fat Pig.”

Vangsness’ other television credits include “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior,” on the Network, “Phil of the Future” and “LAX.”

          Vangsness has starred in several web series, including “Pretty the Series,” which she also produced, “Vampire Mob” and “Shelf Life.” Also, along with Isaiah Sheffer, she has read short stories on the Symphony Space/PRI program “Selected Shorts” and can be heard on the podcasts of “The Thrilling Adventure Hour.” 

             Vangsness executive produced and starred in the independent noir/comedy film “Kill Me, Deadly,” with her CRIMINAL MINDS’ co-stars Joe Mantegna and Shemar Moore. It debuted at the Paris Noir festival last November and opened in theaters in April 2016. Her other film credits include the independent film “A-List,” the comedic thriller “In My Sleep” and “The Chicago 8.”

An avid soup maker and voracious pleasure seeker, Vangsness is a native Californian who is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton and resides in Los Angeles. Her birthday is July 7. Follow her on Twitter @Vangsness and on Instagram @kirstenvangsness.