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Nick DeGruccio - Artistic Director

Nick DeGruccio is the recipient of the LA Ovation Award for Direction of both a Play and a Musical.  Nick's most recent credits include the West Coast Premiere of The Andrews Brothers at Musical Theatre West, Jekyll & Hyde at Cabrillo Music Theatre, and the inaugural production for Havok Theatre Company of THRILL ME: The Leopold & Loeb Story.  This year, Nick won the Los Angeles Drama Critics' Circle Award for Direction for the LA Premiere of Zanna, Don't! at West Coast Ensemble (also 2007 Ovation Nomination for Direction, Production).  He also directed Bad Apples, a World Premiere Play for the Rubicon Theatre Company and Beehive at the El Portal Theatre, which was nominated for two 2007 LA Ovation Awards and five LA Drama Critics' Circle Awards including Direction.  Also recently, he directed The Last Five Years and I Do! I Do! in rep at the Pasadena Playhouse, The Full Monty for San Diego Music Theatre's inaugural production and I Left My Heart...A Tribute to Tony Bennett for the Welk Resort, San Diego.  He directed the LA Premiere of A Man of No Importance for MTG which was nominated for three 2006 LA Drama Critics' Circle Awards as well as a GLAAD Award for Production.  Nick directed The Laramie Project for the Laguna Playhouse having directed the LA Premiere at the Colony Theatre, which received three LA Ovation Awards for Best Play, Best Direction, and Best Ensemble.  Those two productions raised over $36,000 for the Matthew Shepard Foundation.  He also directed the LA Premiere of Side Show, which received eight LA Ovation Nominations including Direction and was voted one of the Top 10 Plays of 2002 by the Los Angeles Times.

Nick directed 1776 at Performance Riverside which won five LA Ovation Awards including Best Musical and Best Direction.  He directed Side By Side By Sondheim at the Rubicon Theatre which was moved to the Pasadena Playhouse (2004 LA Ovation Nominations for Production and Ensemble).  He directed the acclaimed West Coast Premiere of Spitfire Grill at the Laguna Playhouse receiving the OC Award for Best Musical.  At Musical Theatre West, Nick has directed Guys and Dolls (four 2005 LA Ovation Award Nominations including Direction) and La Cage Aux Folles (two 2004 LA Ovation Award Nominations).  For the Colony Theatre Company, Nick directed Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband, City of Angels (LA Ovation Award for Best Musical - Smaller Theatre), the West Coast Premiere of Sondheim's Putting It Together (Garland Award and LA Ovation Award Nomination for Direction) and Tennessee William's Suddenly Last Summer.  Other directing credits include Pippin at Burbank CLO, Basic Training at 2nd Stage (NAACP Nomination for Direction), Two By Two and How Now Dow Jones for Musical Theatre Guild at Pasadena Playhouse, Happily Ever After...After All (voiceovers by Angela Lansbury) for the 9 o'Clock Players, and a staged concert of Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party at the Alex Theatre (MTG).  Nick is an alumnus of the Lincoln Center Theatre Director's Lab West.

Chad Borden - Producing Director

Chad Borden has been working in Los Angeles and Regional theatre for fifteen years.  As an actor, he has performed at Pasadena Playhouse, Laguna Playhouse, Rubicon Theatre, La Mirada Theatre, South Bay CLO, Reprise!, Hollywood Bowl, Musical Theatre West, Cabrillo Music Theatre, Santa Barbara CLO, Sacramento Music Circus, and AMT of San Jose.  As a six-year member of the Colony Theatre Company, Chad was a member of the Ovation Award-winning ensemble of the L.A. Premiere of The Laramie Project and was also Ovation nominated for his performance in How to Succeed in Business...  For the Colony Second Stage, he produced Eastern Standard and directed and choreographed A...My Name Is Alice.  After graduating from Northwestern University with honors, Chad did two national tours and performed regionally at theatres such as Cincinnati Playhouse, Chicago's Marriott Lincolnshire, and Boston's Merrimack Repertory.  Chad produced Havok's first three productions, the Los Angeles premieres of THRILL ME: The Leopold and Loeb Story (Ovation nomination - Best Intimate Theatre Musical Production 2007/08) and DOG SEES GOD: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead (GLAAD Media Award nomination and LA Drama Critics' Circle Award nomination for Best Production 2008), as well as the Los Angeles Intimate Theatre Premiere of KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN (Ovation Award winner - Best Intimate Theatre Musical Production 2008/09).

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Havok Theatre Company's mission is to produce Los Angeles Premieres of Broadway, Off-Broadway and Regional plays and musicals, World Premieres of new works, and revivals of rarely-produced critically-acclaimed pieces.  Our top priority is creating the highest quality artistic experience possible.  We will strive to contract LA's best union actors and designers and give voice to new playwrights, composers and lyricists.  With a passionate, fresh and edgy approach to both art and business, we will bring our audiences highly entertaining and thought-provoking theatre.

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