Kristen Anderson-Lopez

Kristen Anderson-Lopez
Born New York City, New York
Alma mater Williams College
Occupation Songwriter
Spouse(s) Robert Lopez
Children 2

2014: Academy Award for Best Original Song
2015: Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media

2015: Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

Kristen Anderson-Lopez is an American songwriter.[1][2] Anderson-Lopez, along with her husband Robert Lopez and Henry Jackman, wrote and produced music for the 2011 Disney film Winnie the Pooh,[3] for which they were nominated for an Annie Award for Best Music in a Feature Production.[4][5] She also provided the voice of Kanga in the film.[6] Additionally, she wrote songs for a Walt Disney World production of Finding Nemo – The Musical.[7] She and her husband also wrote the songs for Disney's Frozen[8] including "Let It Go", for which they won the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 86th Academy Awards and two Grammy Awards at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.[2][9]

Anderson-Lopez is the co-creator of the musical In Transit, developed at the O’Neill Musical Theatre Conference. The musical ran Off-Broadway at the 59E59 Theatre, from September 21, 2010 to October 30, 2010.[10] The production received the 2011 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble, as well as a nomination for the 2011 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Musical (among others) and the 2011 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical. It opened on Broadway at the Circle in the Square Theatre in November 2016, directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall.[11][12][13]

She also co-created the romantic stage musical Up Here with her husband and Alex Timbers.[14]

Her work for young audiences includes numerous short and full-length musical adaptations for Theatreworks USA (Diary of a Worm, Fancy Nancy, Condensed Classics). She has written several songs for television and was a staff writer for the award-winning children’s show, Wonder Pets, on Nick Jr.

As of February 2016, Anderson-Lopez is working with her husband on the Disney Theatrical Productions stage musical adaptation of Frozen, with Jennifer Lee writing the book.[15]

Personal life

Anderson-Lopez was raised in three different places: Croton-on-Hudson, New York (a suburb of New York City), to 1986; the Myers Park neighborhood of Charlotte, North Carolina, from 1986 to 1990; and Waxhaw, North Carolina (a suburb of Charlotte), from 1990 onward (which served as her home base during her college years).[16][17] Her parents, Erin and John, still live in Waxhaw.[17][18] According to her father, Anderson-Lopez first fell in love with the theater at the age of four, when he took her to see a U.S. Bicentennial musical tribute staged in their then-hometown of Croton-on-Hudson.[18] After her family moved to North Carolina, she attended and graduated from Charlotte Country Day School.[16] She went on to Williams College in western Massachusetts, where she double-majored in drama and psychology and graduated in 1994.[17][18] After a theater internship in Florida,[17] Anderson-Lopez spent several years working temporary jobs while pursuing her dream of becoming a Broadway theatre performer in New York City.[18] In 1999, she entered the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop[16] and found her true calling as a lyricist, and also met her future husband Robert Lopez.[19]

In October 2003,[20] Anderson married Lopez, who would go on to become an EGOT-winning[21][22] songwriter, composer and lyricist, including three Tony Awards[23][24] for Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon. They have two daughters;[25] Katie and Annie, who both had voice parts in Frozen.


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  3. "Full cast and crew for Winnie the Pooh (2011)". IMDB. Retrieved February 13, 2012.
  4. King, Susan (4 February 2012). "'Rango' wins the Annie Award for animated feature". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 13, 2012.
  5. Giardina, Carolyn (February 4, 2012). "'Rango' Wins Annie Award for Best Animated Feature". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 13, 2012.
  6. "Winnie the Pooh (2011)". IMDB. Retrieved February 13, 2012.
  7. "Finding Nemo – The Musical: Entertainment at Disney's Animal Kingdom® Park". Walt Disney World. Retrieved February 13, 2012.
  8. Disney's 'Frozen': Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel to voice animated tale Retrieved December 1, 2013
  9. ""Let It Go" From Frozen Wins Best Song Written For Visual Media". The GRAMMYs. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  10. In Transit, accessed June 27, 2016
  11. Gans, Andrew. "A Cappella Musical 'In Transit' Will Play Broadway’s Circle in the Square" Playbill, June 27, 2016
  12. Viagas, Robert. "Telly Leung, Justin Guarini Among Cast of A Cappella Broadway Musical 'In Transit'" Playbill, August 30, 2016
  13. Gans, Andrew. " 'In Transit', New A Cappella Musical, Begins Broadway Previews" Playbill, November 10, 2016
  14. Hetrick, Adam (October 27, 2011). "Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Alex Timbers Developing Romantic Musical Up Here". Playbill. Retrieved February 13, 2012.
  15. Gordon Cox. "'Frozen' Musical Sets Broadway Dates for 2018 After 2017 Tryout - Variety". Variety. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  16. 1 2 3 De Brito, Deia (19 August 2011). "Successful Disney writer 'knew what she wanted'". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  17. 1 2 3 4 Toppman, Lawrence (28 February 2014). "Former Charlottean is front-runner for Oscar for 'Let It Go". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  18. 1 2 3 4 Anderson, John (11 February 2014). "Oscar nominees have roots in Waxhaw". Charlotte Observer. Archived from the original on May 19, 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
  19. Kennedy, Mark (10 May 2014). "Musical theater workshop becomes incubator for Broadway shows". Washington Post. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
  20. "WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS; Kristen Anderson, Robert Lopez". The New York Times. October 12, 2003.
  21. "The Style Blog". The Washington Post.
  22. "Oscars 2014: 'Frozen' Ballad Wins Best Song, Giving Robert Lopez the EGOT". Billboard. 2014-03-02. Retrieved 2014-06-22.
  23. "2004 Tony Award Winners". Retrieved February 13, 2012.
  24. "Who's Nominated? - All Categories". May 3, 2011. Archived from the original on May 11, 2008. Retrieved May 3, 2011.
  25. Alexander, Bryan (November 25, 2013). "'Frozen': Family affair for married songwriters". USA Today. Retrieved December 4, 2013.
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