A native of Pittsburgh, Nick Hrutkay is an award-winning director and arts educator who creates work across all boundaries of theater. He currently serves as the Artistic Director of Underscore Theater which focuses on reimagining musicals and realizing new ones; is a Resident Artist at Pittsburgh Musical Theater; the Chair of the Acting Department at Pittsburgh Musical Theater Conservatory; devises projects as a Teaching Artist with Quantum Theatre; and is the Assistant Artistic Director for the internationally acclaimed Stagedoor Manor.
His work as a director has been seen at theaters across the country having mounted over 75 productions. Select credits include: I Am My Own Wife, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Central Square Theater); The Birds, Little Shop of Horrors (The Huron Playhouse); Sweeney Todd, Jesus Christ Superstar, Next to Normal, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Bat Boy: The Musical, Evil Dead: The Musical, The Santaland Diaries (Keystone Repertory Theater); The [Hamlet] Soliloquies (The Kennedy Center); Macbeth (Alchemical Studios); Sponges (The Brick); Fish Story (Theatre Row); A Wrinkle in Time (Hippodrome Theatre); Jesus Christ Superstar, Legally Blonde, Jekyll & Hyde, Titanic, Nine, Aida, Eurydice, Metamorphoses, Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom (Stagedoor Manor).
Nick was previously the Artistic Director of The Huron Playhouse for several years, one of the longest running summer stock theaters in the United States. He has also been a Dramaturg for Dramafest at Stagedoor Manor, overseeing the annual new work festival while mentoring student playwrights whose selected plays were published through Stephen Sondheim's Young Playwrights Inc. 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 taught at various theater companies, including Stagedoor Manor, Pittsburgh Musical Theater, Hippodrome Theatre, Quantum Theatre, and The Huron Playhouse. As a guest artist he has lectured at State University of New York at Fredonia, Millikin University, and Heidelberg University.
Nick holds a BA in Theater from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.