Short Eyes by Miguel Piñero, Blindfaith Theatre Chicago

Nicolas Minas is a theater director based in New York City.  His past work includes musicals, new plays, classical theater, old chestnuts, screwball comedies, experimental dance pieces, absurdist plays, hip-hop plays, hiking plays, canoeing plays, and children's theater.  Of his recent production of STAND-UP TRAGEDY by Bill Cain the New York Times said, "The vibe is palpable both in the work and the setting.  The result is a play that combines sardonic humor, blood-boiling anger and heartbreaking tragedy."

Stand-Up Tragedy, Category 7 Productions NYC

While in New York, he has worked as the Assistant Director for the Broadway production of DRIVING MISS DAISY (with James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave), the Assistant Director of Filming for the Live at Lincoln Center production of SWEENEY TODD (with Emma Thompson, Audra McDonald and Bryn Terfel), the Assistant Director for the New York premiere of Sarah Ruhl's adaptation of Virginia Woolf's ORLANDO (with David Greenspan) at Classic Stage Company, and held an SDC Observership on the Live at Lincoln Center Production of COMPANY (with Neil Patrick Harris, Patti LuPone and Stephen Colbert).  

The Servant of Two Masters, Sonnet Repertory Theatre

The Servant of Two Masters, Sonnet Repertory Theatre

He recently directed CAME TUMBLING AFTER by Nathan Cann in a site-specific production in a historic brownstone in Harlem with The National Theater of Uptown. This summer he will be directing CHANCE in the New York Musical Festival and this fall he will be directing GUYS AND DOLLS at Virginia Stage.

Arsenic and Old Lace, Cape Fear Regional Theatre

Arsenic and Old Lace, Cape Fear Regional Theatre

Regionally, Nick has had the honor of working as a Guest Director at Cape Fear Regional Theatre in Fayetteville, NC. At CFRT he has directed AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, THE 39 STEPS, AVENUE Q, and, most recently their smash hit production of ARSENIC AND OLD LACE.

Around The World In 80 Days, Cape Fear Regional Theatre

Before moving to New York, he worked as a director in Chicago where he served as the founding Artistic Director of Blindfaith Theatre.  WOODY GUTHRIE'S AMERICAN SONG, which he directed for Blindfaith, garnered 5 Jeff Award Nominations including Outstanding Director and Outstanding Production of a Musical.  His production of GOREY STORIES was called "one of the most singular theatrical experiences of the season" by Kerry Reid of the Chicago Tribune.  He directed a cabaret-street performance style production of THE TAMING OF THE SHREW for Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre of which Nina Metz of the Chicago Tribune wrote "Major credit to director Nick Minas, whose concept captures the spirit of Shakespeare--more than anything I've seen in years at bigger theaters with deeper budgets."  For his production of SHORT EYES by Miguel Piñero he worked with his design team to transform the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs Theater into a New York house of Detention.  The Chicago Tribune's Kerry Reid wrote "From the moment the audience enters, they are surrounded on all sides by the insults, arguments, prayers and curses of the inmates at the New York Men's House of Detention....Minas and his actors have a strong handle on Piñero's dialogue, which moves from offhanded one-liners (usually profane) to nihilist rage, often within the same moment."

My Fall, TheaterLab NYC

He trained at The Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (PCPA) professional actors' training program, Roosevelt University's Chicago Conservatory of the Performing Arts and the Advanced Directing training program at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center.  He is proud to be a member of Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab 2011, Directors Lab West and an Associate Member of SDC. Nick is currently pursuing his MFA in Film Directing at Brooklyn College’s Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema.

Gorey Stories, Blindfaith Theatre Chicago

The vibe is palpable.
— New York Times on Stand-Up Tragedy
Minas has very good instincts here. He’s brought the play down to its earthy roots, thereby elevating it...It’s a huge relief—and thoroughly entertaining.
— Chicago Tribune on The Taming of the Shrew
 
One of the most singular theatrical events of the season
— Chicago Tribune on Gorey Stories
The beauty of Nick Minas’s production is how well he captures both the power and subtlety of Rabe’s play.
— Chicago Reader on Streamers
Boy, is Nick Minas clever...Minas brings gritty Glenwood Avenue into the show, making Kate’s rage and fear of public humiliation seem to unfold in real time.
— Chicago Reader on The Taming of the Shrew
Under Nicolás Minas’s direction for Blindfaith Theatre the cast resolutely mines the characters’ sly manipulations and shadowy motives
— Chicago Reader on Toys In The Attic