Adrian is a director, actor, producer, and educator. Growing up with one foot in the United States, and the other in Western Europe, he developed a deep passion for the dramatic arts and its ability to express the richness, the absurdity, and the diversity of human experience. He brings this passion to all of his endeavors.
Adrian was Associate Director of the 2022 - 2023 TONY nominated Broadway production of Stephen Adly Guirgis' Pulitzer Prize winning play Between Riverside and Crazy. Recently, he directed Margaret Ladd and Lyle Kessler in Lyle's play Obituary as part of LAByrinth's 30th Anniversary Series. As Associate Artistic Director of Hudson Theatre Works (Weekhawken, NJ), credits include Eugene O'Neill's Hughie (actor), the world premiere of Neil LaBute’s A Good Thing (director), and the world premiere of John Patrick Shanley’s A Wake (producer). He is also serves as Production Manager for LAByrinth Theater Company.
As a member of Cooper Square Workshop, Adrian contributed to Off-Broadway productions of Requiem For a Heavyweight and the award winning production of Sam Shepard's Seduced. At Baltimore's Center Stage, he worked for a season as an associate dramaturg. Among his many theatre and film credits, Adrian has worked in association with Studio USA/Universal, NBC (Law & Order and SNL), Greg Stump Productions / Delamo Films, Setton Sun Productions, Four Act Films, Atlantic Theater Company, Second Stage Theater, LAByrinth Theater Company, The Amoralists Theatre Company, HB Playwrights Foundation, Theatre Row, and 59E59 Theaters.
From 2009 to 2012, Adrian was director of the School of Creative and Performing Arts (SOCAPA), Los Angeles campus. He was the founding director of the acting program at New York Film Academy and has taught at Brooklyn College, Lafayette College, Kean University, University of Nevada-Reno, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, and Life Academy High School for Film and Music.
Adrian is a member of The Actors Studio Playwrights / Directors Unit, Actors' Equity Association (AEA), and Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG - AFTRA), and an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). He served on the Drama Desk Awards Nominating Committee and is a recipient of the Joel Zwick Scholarship in Directing, Friars Foundation Scholarship in Performing Arts, and Steve Yeager Theatre Fund Scholarship in Acting. Adrian earned his BA in Theatre Arts from Towson University and his MFA in Directing from Brooklyn College.
Adrian is a very promising and intelligent director... He is one of the most accomplished, generous and promising people I've ever been around.
- Austin Pendleton
Award winning Actor, Director, and Playwright
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
Hudson Theatre Works mounts an ambitious and fulfilling Eugene O’Neill Festival. Both shows succeed beyond expectations. The two men in “Hughie,” command and embody their roles to near perfection.
-Jim Testa, NJ Arts
"Between Riverside and Crazy"... A RICH NEW PLAY DELICIOUSLY MOUNTED!
- Ben Brantley, The New York Times
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
Hire this man for anything - He's Great. And cool people too.
- Stephen Adly Guirgis
Actor, Playwright (2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama)
"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, nytheatre.com
The film shots by Adrian Wattenmaker of Columbus claiming his prize conveyed triumph as moving as a landing on the moon.
"Columbus In The Age Of Gold"
- OOBR (off-off-broadway review)
A heartfelt story of brotherly love based on the true and powerful bond that has grown through the years. "Elliot & Me" is filled with humor, colorful personalities, unexpected situations, and uplifting musical moments.
Jamie Love, Sonoma Valley Sun