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About Shaker Bridge Theatre

We are dedicated to discovering and creating provocative, contemporary plays and to expanding the boundaries of theater by presenting work that is compelling and innovative. Our plays are gems that we’ve brought north from New York’s off-broadway theaters, from across the ocean from London’s fringe and from regional theaters across America.

Our Founder/Producing Artistic Director

Bill Coons has spent his adult life working in the theatre. In addition to his academic study (BA in English/Psychology; MA in Directing; MFA in Directing), he has learned his art through his work. He began as the founder and artistic director of a small theatre in New Jersey, spent several years as a college professor and head of a theatre program in Vermont, created and ran a touring children's theatre company in Illinois, created and ran a graduate level acting conservatory at the Dorset Theatre Festival, worked as a professional actor, and has directed over 150 productions.

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Managing Director

Adrian Wattenmaker is SBT’s Managing Director with over 25 years experience as an arts leader and theatre producer. 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. As Associate Artistic Director of Hudson Theatre Works, he helped lead the organization through a successful time of strategic growth. During that time he directed and produced new work by both up-and-coming and established playwrights including John Patrick Shanley, Neil LaBute, Dan O'Brien, Richard Vetere, and Sarah T Schwab. From 2021 to 2023, Adrian served as Production Manager for LAByrinth Theater Company, where he helped oversee their transition into a long-term residency at 59E59 Theaters. As part of LAB’s 30th Anniversary Series he directed Margaret Ladd and Lyle Kessler in the premiere of Lyle's play Obituary. On Broadway, Adrian was the Associate Director for the Tony Award nominated production of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Pulitzer Prize winning play Between Riverside and Crazy. As a member of Cooper Square Workshop, Adrian contributed to Off-Broadway productions of Rod Serling's Requiem For a Heavyweight and the award winning production of Sam Shepard's Seduced. Additionally, Adrian has worked with Atlantic Theater Company, Second Stage Theater, Baltimore's Center Stage, Baltimore Theatre Project, HB Playwrights Foundation, Theatre Row, Studio USA/Universal, NBC (Law & Order and SNL), and Greg Stump Productions/Delamo Films. He 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 is former director of the School of Creative and Performing Arts (SOCAPA), Los Angeles campus. Adrian is a member of The Actors Studio Playwright/Directors Unit, Actors Equity Association (AEA), an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), and served on the Drama Desk Awards Nominating Committee. Adrian earned his BA in Theatre Arts from Towson University and his MFA in Directing from Brooklyn College.

Our Board of Directors

Joan Ecker, President
RoAnne Rogerson, Secretary 
Nadia Gorman, Treasurer

Toni Egger

Aline E. Ordman
William Koppenheffer

Bente Torjusen

Mary Niles

Margaret Hunton
Bill Coons, ex-officio

Grant Neale, ex-officio

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