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Nick Hrutkay is an award-winning director, arts administrator, and teaching artist based in Pittsburgh. He currently serves as the Director of Education and Assistant Artistic Director for the internationally acclaimed Stagedoor Manor.


His work has been seen at theaters across the country having directed over 75 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); Twelfth Night (Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks); Sweeney Todd, Jesus Christ Superstar, Next to Normal, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Bat Boy: The Musical, Evil Dead: The Musical, Hands On A HardbodyThe Santaland Diaries, God of Carnage (Keystone Repertory Theater); The [Hamlet] Soliloquies (The Kennedy Center); Macbeth (Alchemical Studios); Sponges (The Brick Theater); Fish Story (Theatre Row); A Midsummer Night's DreamMacbeth (Footlight Players NEXTGEN Shakespeare Tour); A Wrinkle in Time (Hippodrome Theatre); AnastasiaLegally Blonde, Jekyll & Hyde, Jesus Christ Superstar, Eurydice, MetamorphosesAida, Lizzie, Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, Kill Shakespeare, Sondheim On Sondheim, Merrily We Roll AlongA Little Night Music, Titanic, 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 world premiere productions, The Embalmer, Black Friday: The Musical, and Discovering Eden, invited to perform in the Region 2 Fringe Festival.


He has taught at Stagedoor Manor, Hippodrome Theatre, Quantum Theatre, The Huron Playhouse, Stagedoor Manor Studios, Raue Center School 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 2010 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region 2 / Stage Directors and Choreographers Society Fellowship. He holds a BA in Theater from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

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