Brad Watkins, director, actor, writer, and producer is a life-long student of the theatre. He has directed and/or cast more than 200 shows and spent four years seeing more than 500 productions as a judge for the Helen Hayes Awards. Brad began his professional career creating outdoor “informances” on regional history for the Department of the Interior at Camp David, subsequently toured America with the Catholic University of America’s National Players and handled just about everything at the acclaimed Harlequin Dinner Theatre.
His original revue Dear Mr. Ziegfeld toured the U.S. through Columbia Artist Theatricals. Brad partnered in the development and production of Troika Entertainment and, later, consulted during the creation of Phoenix Entertainment, two internationally renowned theatrical touring companies. He spent 10 years as producing director for Olney Theatre Center, directing major musicals including THE GIFTS OF THE MAGI, CAROUSEL, OLIVER! and ANYTHING GOES. His production of CARIS’ PEACE, an original collaboration exploring an actress’ journey following brain injury, played the NYC Flea Theatre, was the subject of a feature article in the New York Times, became the subject of an award-winning documentary, and is currently in development as a feature film.
Most recently, Brad served as Director of Artistic Programming for BlackRock Center for the Arts, Vice President of Communications and Theatre Services for Theatre Washington, and Casting Director /Company Manager for AMAZING GRACE, which as a featured part of the opening launch of the Museum of the Bible. He is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, lives in Damascus, MD, and loves when his days are filled with peace, joy, and gardens—the perfect place to contemplate the universe.