Adrian Wattenmaker

Actor  Director  Dramaturg  Educator

Adrian has worked extensively in both theatre and film for over 20 years. From 2009 to 2013, he was director of the School of Creative and Performing Arts (SOCAPA), Los Angeles campus. Adrian is former director of the acting program at the New York Film Academy and is co-founder of Free Space Theatre, a student run ensemble at Towson University where undergraduate and graduate students learn from each other and visiting professionals. He is currently the Associate Artistic Director of Hudson Theatre Works, where he recently directed the premiere of Neil LaBute's A Good Thing

Adrian assistant directed 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 in it's heyday, 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, LAByrinth Theater Company, The Amoralists Theatre Company, HB Playwrights Foundation, Theatre Row, Baltimore Theatre Project, and Baltimore's Center Stage, where he was an associate dramaturg and assistant director for David Schweizer's critically acclaimed production of Crumbs From the Table of Joy (chosen by The Wall Street Journal as one of the best theatre productions of 2006). 

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. He participated in the Broadway Cast Recording of Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 and was featured in Vogue Magazine. 

Adrian is a member of The Actors Studio Playwrights / Directors Unit and served on the Drama Desk Nominating Committee (2012/2013). He has taught at Brooklyn College, University of Nevada-Reno, Lafayette College, Kean University, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, School of Creative and Performing Arts (SOCAPA), Sierra Tahoe Institute, NYFA, and Life Academy High School for Film and Music.


Adrian attended William Esper Studio, Actors Movement Studio, HB Studio, received a BA in Theatre Arts from Towson University, and holds a MFA in Directing from Brooklyn College. He is a recipient of the Joel Zwick Scholarship in Directing, Friars Foundation Scholarship in Performing Arts, and Steve Yeager Theatre Fund. Adrian is a  member of Actors' Equity Association (AEA), and Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG - AFTRA). 

In addition, Adrian spent two decades  working in the ski industry for companies such as Nordica, K2 Inline, MasterFit Enterprises, U.S. Orthotic Lab, Nestor's, Paragon Sporting Goods, BestFit Boots, Start Haus, and Greg Stump Productions.