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Adam Karsten is an award winning director for stage and screen, who has earned a reputation for the creation of stylistic works and defined concepts.

"Discovering, guiding, and growing with other artists is the most meaningful aspect of my work and my passion.   I endeavor to combine concept, grounded research and the collaborative creativity of imaginative minds to create exceptional theatrical and film experiences."

While directing and producing works for the Emmy Award winning performing arts series, Live From Lincoln Center and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Adam has had televised programs, films and documentaries air nationally & internationally. He has directed musicals, plays and other theatrical works Off-Broadway; Regionally; Touring productions; Broadway Workshops; and is dedicated to the development of new theatrical and film projects across a wide variety of genres.


Adam is currently the Executive Artistic Director for Coachella Valley Repertory ( and is the founding artistic director for the film and stage companies A2K Productions and A2K Theatricals in New York City. Adam was the artistic director and co-founder of the Conflict of Interest Theatre Company in downtown New York. From 2012 to 2017 Adam served as the managing artistic director of the oldest professional stock theatre in Ohio—Weathervane Playhouse ( 

Adam thrives on finding ways to build bridges through his work and allow an audience to share a unique theatrical experience.



Stage: Off-Broadway, Broadway Workshop, Regional, Europe, Tours. 

Film Projects: Live From Lincoln Center (2012 - 2020); PBS (2015 - 2020); London Worldwide U.K. Film Festival, Portland Comedy, San Francisco Indie Shorts, and New York Short Film Festival, 2019; Reel Time Film Festival Award Winner—2008; Indie Gathering / Gloria Film Festival Award Winner—2007; New York International Film Festival Selection—2007; New York International Film Festival—2006.  IMDB link.

Executive Artistic Director: Coachella Valley Repertory ( since 2023.

Artistic Director: A2K Productions, LLC since 2006.

Artistic Director: Weathervane Playhouse (the oldest summer stock theatre in Ohio) from 2012 to (January) 2017.

Artistic Director and Co-Founder: Conflict of Interest Theatre Company, NYC, 2008-2011. 

National and Regional Commercials: Deutsche Bank, Sprint, Walmart, KidzStuff, New York City Hospitals, Tweety Jewelry and Thomas Net.

In Development: writer/director, We Are Ameena (2020 AEA Lab); producer/director of the ResistDance film campaign. 

Adam is a member of SDC, holds a B.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University, a M.A. from SUNY, and was a member of the Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab.


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