Mission Statement
Hatch Arts Collective makes socially-engaged theater.
Working across disciplines and differences, we activate communities through meaningful arts experiences.

Hatch formed in late 2012 in Pittsburgh, PA, when three friends set out to produce a new play called Chickens in the Yard. Written by Paul Kruse, directed by Adil Mansoor, and produced by Nicole Shero, Chickens brought together a wide range of creative minds to help realize a single vision. Since that first production, Hatch has grown to create multiple new works of performing and interdisciplinary art around this same idea. We believe that diverse views and skills engaged in the same conversation can create powerful artistic work. 

Check out this amazing article by Kayla Berkey about Hatch’s first few years.

For more information, contact info@hatcharts.org.

The Team

Adil Mansoor is a theater artist and educator based in Pittsburgh, PA. He is a founding member of Hatch Arts Collective, a performing arts group committed to creating socially engaged work across disciplines. He has directed multiple projects with Hatch including Walldogs, a new play by Paul Kruse and Reasonable Assurance, a devised performance investigating the economics of higher education and adjunct unionization. Other favorite projects include directing his adaptation of Sherwood Anderson’s Triumph of the Egg (Prologue Theatre Company), dancing in Maree ReMalia’s The Ubiquitous Mass of Us (The New Hazlett Theater), and performing with Project US (For Youth Inquiry), a play engaging young audiences in conversations about sexuality and relationships. During the fall of 2015, Adil will be directing Chickens in the Yard, a play by Paul Kruse and the first production to be selected for Quantum Theatre’s Gerri Kay New Voices Program. Adil leads programming for young people at The Andy Warhol Museum and with Dreams of Hope, an arts organization working with queer and allied youth. In 2012, he was awarded the Young Audiences National Teaching Artists Best Practices Award for his facilitation of Dine and Discuss, an afterschool program at the museum focused on teen-led dialogue. Adil is a member of the Heinz Endowments’ Transformative Arts Project and 2010 Director’s Lab in Chicago. He has B.A. in Drama and B.S. in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Learn more at www.adilmansoor.com.


Nicole Shero is an administrator, project manager, and producer. She has gained experience in a wide variety of administrative practices, including medical practice management, non-profit and for-profit marketing, arts programming, contracts management, facilities management, organizational finances, individual giving, artwork and document archiving, grantwriting, and events planning. After receiving her bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh, Nicole served as a member of Public Allies Pittsburgh, a non-profit leadership development program. In 2013, she co-founded Hatch Arts Collective, a multimedia and performance group, where she produces theater and performance workshops. Previously, Nicole has worked with Einhorn Media Group, PearlArts Studios, Carnegie Mellon University, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, and Pittsburgh Child Guidance Foundation.



Paul William Kruse is a playwright, film/video maker, and teaching artist from western Wisconsin, living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a founding member and the resident playwright of Hatch Arts Collective. Paul's work flows from his queer identity, Catholic roots, and ever-evolving experience of family. He creates stories in the context of community. Paul also has a fascination with speculative fiction and the creation of alternate realities. He loves to explore what other worlds can tell us about our own. Learn more at www.paulwkruse.com.