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 Station (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 the artistic director for the film and stage companies A2K Productions and A2K Theatricals in New York City and was the artistic director and co-founder of the Conflict of Interest Theatre Company in downtown New York. From 2012 to 2017 Adam served the managing artistic director of the oldest professional stock theatre in Ohio—Weathervane Playhouse (www.weathervaneplayhouse.org).
Adam thrives on finding ways to build bridges through his work and allow an audience to share a unique theatrical experience.
Stage: Off-Broadway, Regional, Europe, Tours.
Film Projects: Not So Hilarious Anymore (Portland Comedy, London Worldwide U.K., San Francisco Indie Shorts, and New York Short Film Festival, 2019); ResistDance (2017); Live From Lincoln Center (2015, 2013, 2012); PBS (2015, 2014, 2013); Other Than Emily (2009); Shy of Serenity (Reel Time Film Festival Award Winner—2008); Miss Swiss (Indie Gathering / Gloria Film Festival Award Winner—2007); the documentary, Ed. L.; (New York International Film Festival Selection—2007); and Bored of Education (taking best comedy at the New York International Film Festival—2006). IMDB link.
National and Regional Commercials: Deutsche Bank, Sprint, Walmart, KidzStuff, New York City Hospitals, Tweety Jewelry and Thomas Net.
Artistic Director: A2K Productions, LLC (www.A2KProductions.com) since 2006.
Artistic Director: Weathervane Playhouse (the oldest summer stock theatre in Ohio) www.weathervaneplayhouse.org from 2012 to (January) 2017.
Artistic Director and Co-Founder: Conflict of Interest Theatre Company, NYC, 2008-2011.
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.