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Nick Hrutkay is an award-winning director based in Pittsburgh. He is currently the Director of Education / Assistant Artistic Director of Stagedoor Manor and is on the faculty at Point Park University.


His work has been seen at theaters across the country having directed over 80 productions, including I Am My Own Wife, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Central Square Theater); The Birds, Little Shop of Horrors, Footloose (The Huron Playhouse); School of Rock (The Media Theatre); Twelfth Night (Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks); The [Hamlet] Soliloquies (The Kennedy Center); Macbeth (Alchemical Studios); Fish Story (Theatre Row); Sponges (The Brick); Period Piece (Point Park University); A Wrinkle in Time (Hippodrome Theatre); Next to Normal, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Bat Boy: The Musical, Evil Dead: The Musical, The Santaland Diaries, God of Carnage, Jesus Christ SuperstarSweeney Todd (Keystone Repertory Theater); Merrily We Roll Along, A Little Night MusicSondheim On SondheimTitanicAnastasiaLegally Blonde, Jekyll & Hyde, Jesus Christ Superstar, Eurydice, Aida, Lizzie, Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, The Laramie Project (Stagedoor Manor).


Nick is the former Artistic Director of Keystone Repertory Theater and The Huron Playhouse, one the longest-running summer stock theaters in the United States. He has overseen several new work development initiatives, including serving as a Dramaturg for Dramafest at Stagedoor Manor leading the annual new work festival while mentoring students whose selected plays were published through Stephen Sondheim's Young Playwrights Inc. He has also been heavily involved with The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival having three productions, The Embalmer, Black Friday: The Musical, and Discovering Eden, invited to perform in the Region 2 Fringe Festival.


He has taught at Point Park University, Stagedoor Manor, Quantum Theatre, Hippodrome Theatre, The Huron Playhouse, Stagedoor Manor Studios, Stagedoor Manor College Connection, Raue Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks, and Pittsburgh Musical Theater, where he was the Chair of the Acting Department for the PMT Conservatory.


Nick is the recipient of an ArtWorks Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Broadway World Award for Best Director of a Musical, and The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region 2 / Stage Directors and Choreographers Society Fellowship. 

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