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Hoggett was brought up near Huddersfield, England. As a youth, he participated in the Huddersfield Choral Society Youth Choir and held jobs at Boots UK and a restaurant. He studied at Swansea University, where he studied literature.
Hoggett gained early experience by founding a physical theater company in Wales called Frantic Assembly. The company's first production was a 1994 revival of John Osborne's classic Look Back in Anger, which Hoggett directed, produced, and performed in.
He was awarded the 2009 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer for Black Watch at the 2009 Laurence Olivier Awards. He was nominated for the 2011 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Choreography for both Beautiful Burnout and Peter and the Starcatchers. He was for the 2012 Tony Award for Best Choreography for his work on Once at the 66th Tony Awards.
He has collaborated with longtime friend and director John Tiffany on both Black Watch and Once. Although the two have been close friends since the 1987, they did not collaborate until 2003 when the worked on The Straits by Gregory Burke, but Once marked their seventh collaboration. Among the artistic decisions that Hoggett and Tiffany made was the decision to eliminate (at Hoggett's suggestion) the choreography from several works including "Falling Slowly", which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 80th Academy Awards in 2008. Once earned more Tony nominations (11) than any other production for the 2011-12 season. Hoggett also received a 2012 Obie Award special citation (along with Once colleagues Tiffany and Martin Lowe). Hoggett is regarded as a choreographer who also makes directorial decisions.
In addition to Black Watch and Once, Hoggett has worked on American Idiot with director Michael Mayer. Hoggett has also worked with Scott Graham on multiple occasions. He is expected to work on a production for the Moscow Arts Theater in 2013 with Tiffany.