BIO

Kristjan Thor (Director) is a critically-acclaimed director of both theater and film. His first feature film, Diving Normal (www.divingnormal.com), premiered at the Dallas Film Festival subsequently won the audience award for Best Feature as well as the festival’s award for Best Actress at the Beverly Hills Film Festival.   His second feature, ASTREA (www.astraeathefilm.com) won the New Visions Award at Cinequest in San Jose, Audience Award at MIFF, Best Picture and Best Director at Sydney's Fantastic Planet Festival. He is currently in pre-production for a feature that will be shot in Iceland, where Kristjan is from.  Some highlights of Kristjan’s theater work in NYC include: the US premier of Lukas Barfuss’ The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents, with Grace Gummer and the world premieres of Artifacts of ConsequenceBalatonLathem Prince, and The Laws of Motion, all by Ashlin Halfnight.  He also directed Bathsheba Doran’s adaptation of Maeterlinck’s The Blind, which transferred to the Classic Stage Company.  Kristjan’s work has been seen worked at PS 122, The Wild Project, CSC, the Sanford Meisner (with Vortex productions) and the Frying Pan, as well as many other venues across NYC.  Last spring, Thor directed The Penalty, by Clay McCloud Chapman at Dixon Place and recently revived it at the Public Theater.  He directed Jarring for Mason Holdings in 2015 and is currently working on a short film based on the play. Since 2009, Thor has been the Co-Creator and Founder of the immersive horror experience, BLACKOUT Haunted House, which currently has productions running in NYC, LA, Chicago, and Miami.  More recently Kristjan, along with Blackout co-creator Josh Randall, has been collaborating with Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions to help create their live events, based on The Purge film series.  These shows include Purge: Fear the Night and Purge: Breakout.  A documentary about BLACKOUT called, The Blackout Experiments premiered at Sundance 2016.  Thor graduated as a Senior Fellow from Dartmouth College and holds an MFA in Directing from Columbia's School of the Arts and is presently teaching at NYU's Stonestreet Studio.