Nick Hrutkay is a Pittsburgh-based director and teaching artist currently serving as the Artistic Director of Underscore Theater Co. He has established himself as a pragmatic collaborator focusing on aesthetically bold reimagining's across all boundaries of theater. His work includes award-winning productions of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, a contemporary retelling told through the vein of the modern rock star; A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, inspired by the designs of fashion icon Alexander McQueen; and an immersive imagining of the glam rock cult-hit, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH. Selected directing credits include: SWEENEY TODD, NEXT TO NORMAL, TITANIC, I AM MY OWN WIFE, EURYDICE, DEAD MAN'S CELL PHONE, GOD OF CARNAGE, AIDA, JEKYLL & HYDE, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL, EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL, NEIGHBORHOOD 3: REQUISTION OF DOOM, A WRINKLE IN TIME, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, THE BIRDS, THE SANTALAND DIARIES, and MACBETH.
His work has been seen at theaters and festivals across the country, including The Kennedy Center, Central Square Theater, The Brick Theater, Stagedoor Manor, Hippodrome Theatre, Alchemical Studios, Keystone Repertory Theater, and Huron Playhouse where he served as the Artistic Director for three seasons. He has been heavily involved with The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) having three of his productions, THE EMBALMER, BLACK FRIDAY: THE MUSICAL, and DISCOVERING EDEN: THE MUSICAL, invited to perform in the Region 2 Fringe Festival. Among his awards, he is the 2010 recipient of the KCACTF/Stage Directors and Choreographers Society Directing Fellowship, a Broadway World Award for Best Director, and an ArtWorks Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Since 2015 Nick has been a director-in-residence and teaching artist for the internationally acclaimed Stagedoor Manor, and is a dramaturg for Dramafest at Stagedoor, overseeing the annual new work festival mentoring student playwrights whose plays are now published through Stephen Sondheim's Young Playwrights Inc. He has taught and lectured at State University of New York at Fredonia, Millikin University, Stagedoor Manor Studios, and Thoth Academy. Nick was also an instructor for the Hippodrome Improvisational Teen Theatre (HITT) project of the Hippodrome Theatre in Gainesville, FL examining issues, such as bullying, homelessness, and substance abuse, through theater with at-risk youth.
BA in Theater from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Nick is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
STAGEDOOR MANOR BEST ENSEMBLE AWARD | 2017 | JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTARA
BROADWAY WORLD NOMINATION FOR BEST DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL | 2016 | LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
BROADWAY WORLD NOMINATION FOR BEST MUSICAL | 2016 | LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
BROADWAY WORLD AWARD NOMINATION FOR BEST DIRECTOR OF A PLAY | 2016 | I AM MY OWN WIFE
BROADWAY WORLD AWARD NOMINATION FOR BEST PLAY | 2016 | I AM MY OWN WIFE
BROADWAY WORLD NOMINATION FOR BEST DIRECTOR OF A PLAY | 2016 | THE BIRDS
BROADWAY WORLD AWARD NOMINATION FOR BEST DIRECTOR OF A PLAY | 2015 | ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST
BROADWAY WORLD AWARD NOMINATION FOR BEST PLAY | 2015 | ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST
BROADWAY WORLD AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL | 2015 | FOOTLOOSE
BROADWAY WORLD AWARD FOR BEST MUSICAL | 2015 | FOOTLOOSE
PITTSBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL GOLDEN CROW AWARD | 2015 | HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
PITTSBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL PRODUCER'S CHOICE AWARD | 2014 | A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS ARTWORKS GRANT | 2012
KENNEDY CENTER AMERICAN COLLEGE THEATER REGION 2 FRINGE FESTIVAL INVITED PRODUCTIONS
DISCOVERING EDEN: THE MUSICAL (2012) | BLACK FRIDAY: THE MUSICAL (2011) | THE EMBALMER (2010)
KENNEDY CENTER AMERICAN COLLEGE THEATER FESTIVAL / STAGE DIRECTORS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS SOCIETY REGION 2 FELLOWSHIP | 2010