Actress Kirsten Vangsness with Cal State Fullerton students.Caption: Alum Kirsten Vangsness performs center stage at the Honda Center, where she joined musical theatre students from her alma mater for Front & Center in 2010. Photo: Karen Tapia

Photo Op Sunday

Actress Alum to Greet ‘Criminal Minds’ Fans in Laguna Beach

“Criminal Minds” star and Cal State Fullerton graduate Kirsten Vangsness (B.A. theatre arts ’96) is scheduled to join fellow cast members of the CBS drama on Sunday, Aug. 19, at the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts “Celebrity Meet and Greet” from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Vangsness plays flirty computer ace Penelope Garcia in the hit television series and was master of ceremonies for her alma mater’s Front & Center 2010.

Fans are invited to bring their cameras and pens to the Aug. 19 event, which is included with paid festival admission ($10) or Pageant of the Masters ticket.

Also scheduled to attend are “Criminal Minds” cast members Joe Mantegna, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook and Vangness’ flirty counterpart, Shemar Moore. 

close up photo of actress Kirsten VangsnessCaption: The popular "Criminal Minds" star and Class of '96 grad Kirsten Vangsness applauds musical theatre students on stage at the Honda Center in 2010, when she served as master of ceremonies. Photo: Karen Tapia

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