Former students have gone on to attend Juilliard, NYU, UCLA, Emerson and more...


Adrian is a very promising and intelligent young director... He is one of the most accomplished, generous and promising people I've ever been around.

- Austin Pendleton

Adrian's biggest strength as a director is his humanity. He understands people; what makes them tick, their insecurities, and he knows how to instill confidence in every person he directs.

- Ian Belknap, Artistic Director, The Acting Company



The goal of all the classes is to encourage the actor to take risks and to let go of his/her fear and apprehension in order to experience the joy of acting freely and fully.

Scene Study I / Script Analysis: An introduction to working on scenes. In this class we will break down not only the scene, but the script as a whole. What questions does one ask when reading a play? How do you discover and develop a character? What are the objectives? What are the relationships? The goal is to have the actor asking as many questions as possible so that he/she can experience the scene fully.

Scene Study II: Students have the choice of bringing in scenes that they would like to work on or having scenes assigned. Each week students will perform and discuss their work. Students will look further into how to prepare and develop characters. What are one's actions and objectives?

Monologues: This class concentrates on how to choose the right monologue for you as an individual. Students will find monologues that show off their traits as an actor. Once monologues are chosen he/she will begin to develop them into creative and strong audition pieces.

Auditioning: This class focuses on preparing for various types of auditions. Monologue vs. a cold reading. What is a cold reading and how does one approach it? How can one prepare for an audition? What does one do while waiting to be seen at the audition? Each week students will practice auditioning. The goal is to be comfortable, not intimidated by the audition process, and to acquire the tools necessary to get the part.

On Camera: This class will allow students to become comfortable working in front of the camera. Actors will be introduced to the world of filmmaking so that they have an understanding of what is happening around them on set. Students will lean about blocking and how to gear their performance for specific size of shot.


I coach individuals who are preparing to audition not only for productions, but also for performing arts institutions and colleges. Coaching is not limited to monologues, but can also include scene work with partners. Tell me your goals and we will make them happen.



New classes in Philadelphia!

2019 sessions are held during weekday evenings in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Philadelphia, PA. Class sizes are limited. Please email me for dates, times, pricing, or with any questions. / 917-741-0931


Adrian Wattenmaker has over 20 years of experience working with actors. Currently, Adrian is Associate Artistic Director of Hudson Theatre Works. 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.

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 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, Hudson Theatre Works, 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 (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 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, New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, School of Creative and Performing Arts (SOCAPA), Sierra Tahoe Institute, NYFA, Life Academy High School for Film and Music, and the William Alexander Middle School. 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).




Acting is the ability to live truthfully under imaginary circumstance.

- Sanford Meisner

Remember: there are no small parts, only small actors.

- Constantin Stanislavski


The actor has to develop his body. The actor has to work on his voice. But the most important thing the actor has to work on is his mind.

- Stella Adler

To grasp the full significance of life is the actor’s duty, to interpret it is his problem, and to express it is his dedication.

- Marlon Brando

With any part you play, there is a certain amount of yourself in it. There has to be, otherwise it’s just not acting. It’s lying.

- Johnny Depp

The further you get away from yourself, the more challenging it is. Not to be in your comfort zone is great fun.

- Benedict Cumberbatch


Acting is not about being someone different. It’s finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there.

- Meryl Streep

The more you do your homework, the more you’re free to be intuitive. But you’ve got to put the work in.

- Edward Norton



Playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis talks about his close friend Philip Seymour Hoffman and his dedication to acting.



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