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Nick Hrutkay (he/him) is a Pittsburgh-based director who creates work across all boundaries of theater. He currently serves as the Founding Artistic Director of Underscore Theater exploring ways to reimagine great shows and realize new ones; is a Resident Artist at Pittsburgh Musical Theater; devises projects as a Teaching Artist with Quantum Theatre; and is a Director-in-Residence and Teaching Artist for the internationally acclaimed Stagedoor Manor.

His work has been seen at theaters and festivals across the country having directed over 75 productions. Select credits include: Am My Own Wife, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Central Square Theater); The BirdsLittle Shop of Horrors, Footloose (The Huron Playhouse), The [Hamlet] Soliloquies (The Kennedy Center); Fish Story, Sponges (The Brick); Macbeth (Alchemical Studios); Hedwig and the Angry InchSweeney Todd, Jesus Christ SuperstarNext to Normal, Bat Boy: The Musical, Evil Dead: The Musical, The Santaland Diaries, God of Carnage (Keystone Repertory Theater); A Wrinkle in Time (Hippodrome Theatre); Jesus Christ Superstar, Legally Blonde, Jekyll & Hyde, Titanic, Nine, Aida, Eurydice, Metamorphoses, Blood Brothers, Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom (Stagedoor Manor); Level Up: a devised song cycle (Pittsburgh Musical Theater); Dead Man's Cell Phone (Indiana University of Pennsylvania).


Nick was previously the Artistic Director of The Huron Playhouse for several years, one of the longest running summer stock theaters in Ohio, and was selected for a season long Directing Observership with City Theatre in 2015 where he assisted Christian Parker in directing Sex with Strangers. Among his awards he is the recipient of the 2010 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival / Stage Directors and Choreographers Society Fellowship, a Broadway World Award for Best Director, and an ArtWorks Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

He has guest lectured at State University of New York at Fredonia and taught at Stagedoor Manor, Pittsburgh Musical Theater, Hippodrome Theatre, Quantum Theatre, and The Huron Playhouse. He has also been a Dramaturg for Dramafest at Stagedoor, overseeing the annual new work festival while mentoring student playwrights whose selected plays were published through Stephen Sondheim's Young Playwrights Inc. 

Nick earned his BA in Theater from Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he had been heavily involved with The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival having three of his productions, The Embalmer, Black Friday: The Musical, and Discovering Eden, invited to perform in the Region 2 Fringe Festival. He is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.