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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

"Reasons to Be Pretty" is an unsentimental look at the relationships between four people... Very well played, troupe!

- Cliff Kasden, Brooklyn Spectator

"The Right Reasons" is a sparkling and utterly believable bedroom sketch that explores the politics of sex in a smart and forthright way."

- Di Jayawickrema,

Best nonmusical revivals... Baltimore CENTERSTAGE's production of Lynn Nottage's "Crumbs From the Table of Joy," a lyrical memory play worthy of comparison with "The Glass Menagerie."

- Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal



Hello and welcome to my site. There are a lot in these web pages, from resumes (CV, Bio, Acting, Reviews) to photographs (Headshots, Production Stills), and a little skiing along the way...


Please click here to view a pdf version of my directing portfolio.

Please click here to see samples of my teaching work.




To view my teaching portfolio please visit

Summer 2020 Sierra Tahoe Workshops for film and theatre. Check back soon for information.

Opening February 14 Hamlet at Hudson Theare Works visit

Now teaching courses at Lafayette College and Kean University.

Scenes from 3:59pm, a collaborative effort between artists to create a feature film. There are over a million things happening in NYC at the same time, these are just a few. For details click here.


Between Riverside and Crazy, the 2015 Pulitzer Prize winning play from Stephen Adly Guirgis is now available at Amazon. I was Assitant Director on the premiere production at Atlantic Theater Company and the revised production at Second Stage.

Pick up a copy of the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 at Amazon. I am featured on the soundtrack.

"The Envelope, Please" - A nice article about me In the Winter 2013 Towson University Magazine (Page 39).

Wondering what shows to see? For theatre reviews check out Theatre Is Easy ( and Theatre's Leiter Side

Check out Matthew Brookman's photography at



April 2019, directing the premiere of Neil LaBute's A Good Thing at Hudson Theatre Works. Also produced the premiere of John Patrick Shanley's A Wake. All part of the Liar Liar Pants on Fire play festival.

March 25, 2019, I will be featured in a reading of Joe Hill & The Wobblies by Randy Noojin at Hudson Theatre Works. Check out for details.

Feburary 2019, directing a workshop of a new play by Mark SaFranko at Theatre Artists Workshops in CT.

LAByinth Theatre Company's 19th annual Barn Series, January 11-20, 2019. Ten writers, ten nights, ten new plays. Check out for details.

May 11 & 12, 2018, I will be acting in Michael Puzzo's new play Go Low as part of the United States of Anxiety festival to benifit Hudson Theatre Works. This festval also includes new plays by John Patrick Shanley and Neil LaBute. Purchase tickets here. .

In February 2017, I took part in the Broadway Cast Recording of Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812. Take a listen here.

Very proud to have Assistant Directed Austin Pendleton with the premiere production of Stephen Adly Guirgis' Between Riverside and Crazy (2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama) at The Atlantic Theater Company and Second Stage. Critic's Pick: The New York Times, Time Out New York, NY Daily News

May 17 & 18, 2019, produced Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire 10 minute play festival at Hudson Theatre Works featuring new plays by John Patrick Shanley, Neil LaBute, Michael Puzzo, Nicole Pandolfo, Cynthia Babek, Richard Vetere and more...

May 2017, directed a staged reading of Paul Dervis' new play, THE CLAIMS ADUSTER, at Urban Stages.

Directed Sander Gusinow's Lovehack for The Amoralist Theatre Company's 'Wright Night #5 on May 25, 2016.

March 2015, directed Dear Brutus at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

The Atlantic Theater Company's production of Stephen Adly Guirgis' Between Riverside and Crazy will had it's second run at Second Stage (2ST) in midtown Manhattan beginning January 16, 2015.

January 2015, directed Courtney Antonioli's The Mount about Edith Wharton at The Mount in Lenox, MA.

Directed a reading of Bunnies by Joanne Hoersch at Hudson Theatre Works for PlayWorks 2014.

May - June 2014, I directed Courtney Antonioli's Toast and Tom Sime's Catching Up at the Gallery Players' 17th Anual Black Box New Play Festival.

March 2014, I directed Tom Sime's Starters at the StrangeDog Theatre Company's Beer Battered Play Festival.

Check out the 2013 Drama Desk Awards live from Town Hall on Livestream.

Some photos from the 2013 Drama Desk Nominee Reception.

Assistant Directing Michael Puzzo's new play Spirits of Exit Eleven which starts January 10, 2013, Off-Broadway at Theatre Row's Lion Theatre. For more information and tickets visit

In the news on THEATERMANIA! and on the Towson University website, where I received my BA in Theatre Arts.

Fall 2012, teaching Introduction to Acting and Acting Workshops I & II at Brooklyn College.

Another summer working with the awesome students at SOCAPA Brooklyn. Check out what students are doing at

Finishing the MFA Directing program at Brooklyn College.

May 2012 directed a reading of David Rimmer's "Nobody Dies."

Directed Neil LaBute's reasons to be pretty at Brooklyn College - December 8 to 11, 2011.

Fall 2011, taught acting at Brooklyn College.

2011 recipient of the Joel Zwick Scholarship in Directing, and Friar's Foundation Scholarship in the Performing Arts.

Another SOCAPA Summer!!! 2011draws to a close after a fun season overseeing the performing arts workshops (acting, dance, film, and photography) for the School of Cinema and Performing Arts LA location.

May 2011, Directed Spittin' Image at Brooklyn College.

"The Right Reasons (part of Elephants on Parade 2011), is a sparkling and utterly believable bedroom sketch by Tom Sime that explores the politics of sex in a smart and forthright way." - This production which I directed is now on through April 16, 2011 at New York Theatre Workshop's 4th Street Theater.

Februrary 2011, Directed This Is Our Youth at 440 Studios in Manhattan.

Extreme Filmmaking workshops (2010) at Sierra Nevada College. Make your own ski movie.

Sierra Tahoe Institute a new school for theatre and film located in Lake Tahoe, CA.

October 2010, back together with Anne Stockton and Austin Pendleton doing a presentation of THE SPEED QUEEN at Sing Sing Prison

Summer 2010, Director of SOCAPA, LA: Acting, Filmmaking, Dance, and Photography workshops for teens.

Spring 2010, taught Intro to Acting and Acting for Camera at University of Nevada, Reno. 

Ski Boot Fitting in North Lake Tahoe, 2008 - 2010

Summer 2009, taught at School of Cinema and Performing Arts (SOCAPA)

WordShop - Play reading series at Bar Reis in Park Slope which will feature new playwrights. This is the beginning stages of a new theatre company that will have it's home in the Prospect Park area of Brooklyn, NY. If you are interested in submitting a play or becoming involved in another way please email Check out for more information.

The Speed Queen recently finished a run as a part of the Midtown International Theatre Festival (July/August 2007). Winner Best Peformer in a Solo Piece! Adapted and performed by Anne Stockton, directed by Austin Pendleton, and stage managed by Adrian Wattenmaker. Check out the recent articles in Playbill, and Show Business.

April 2007 assisted Austin Pendleton with another run of The Speed Queen, written and performed by Anne Stockton, at HB Studio. Check out the Talking Broadway review from the NJ Rep production.

During the fall 2006 I assisted Austin Pendleton with his productions of Arthur Miller's The American Clock at HB Playwrights Foundation, and The Speed Queen, written and performed by Anne Stockton.

HB Studio Ensemble production of David Rimmer's New York directed by Laura Esterman.

Crumbs from the Table of Joy, directed by David Schweizer, at CENTERSTAGE in Baltimore.

Tales - Basement Theatre Project / Towson University





Between Riverside and Crazy


Drama Desk Committee 2013


Reasons to Be Pretty


Spittin' Image


The Right Reasons


Catching Up


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