Adrian Wattenmaker has over 20 years of experience working with actors. Recently, Adrian assisted Austin Pendleton with the premiere of Stephen Adly Guirgis' Between Riverside and Crazy (2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama / Critic's Pick: The New York Times, Time Out New York, NY Daily News). As a member of Cooper Square Workshop, Adrian contributed to Off-Broadway productions of Requiem For a Heavyweight, Columbus: In the Age of Gold, and the award-winning production of Sam Shepard's Seduced. He has worked at Atlantic Theater Company, Second Stage, HB Playwrights Foundation, Theatre Row, Baltimore Theatre Project and CenterStage, where he was an associate dramaturg and assistant director for David Schweizer's critically acclaimed production of Crumbs From the Table of Joy.
Directing credits include The Mount (premiere), Starters (premiere), Reasons to Be Pretty, The Right Reasons (premiere), Spittin' Image, Betrayed by Everyone, Tales, This Is Our Youth, and Miss Julie. Other theatre credits include The Author's Voice, The Rock Garden, The Normal Heart with Tony Award winner John Glover, New York, The SPeed Queen and The American Clock directed by Austin Pendleton. Film credits include The Butcher and the Housewife, Pinero, Delivery Method, Channel Surfing, and Brooklyn Reprieve. Television credits include Daring Capers, Law & Order and SNL. Adrian has worked for Studio USA/Universal, NBC, Greg Stump Productions/Delamo Films, Setton Sun Productions, Four Act Films, and SRTV.
Adrian served on the Drama Desk Nominating Committee (2012/2013) and is a member of The Actors Studio Playwrights / Directors Unit. He has taught at Brooklyn College, University of Nevada-Reno, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, SOCAPA, Sierra Tahoe Institute, NYFA, Life Academy High School for Film and Music, and the William Alexander Middle School. He attended William Esper Studio, Actors Movement Studio, HB Studio, received a BA in Theatre Arts from Towson University, and is pursuing an MFA in Directing from Brooklyn College.